Four Key Parts of Preparing
Be Ready: To help you avoid or minimize problems, it’s essential that you plan carefully for the hunt. Responsible hunters anticipate potential problems and make plans to deal with them. Considerations include terrain, location, weather, dangerous game, and the potential for forest fires.
Know Your Location: Learn as much as you can about your chosen hunting area before you arrive. Purchase a topographic map, and familiarize yourself with the terrain. If the location is within a convenient drive, it’s a good idea to visit the area in the off-season.
Prepare for Safety: You also need to assess your physical condition and equipment. Refresh your memory of hunting and firearm safety rules, and review the rules with your hunting partners.
Prepare a Hunting Trip Plan:A hunting plan not only helps you have a successful hunt—it ensures a safe return. In an emergency, it may save your life.
- Leave the plan with a family member or friend. Don't deviate from your hunting plan without notification. When hunting with a group, each person should discuss their route plan.
- Leave a copy of it with one or two responsible friends who can be counted on to follow up if you don't report back at the scheduled time.
- The hunting plan you leave should tell others:
- The specific route to your destination and any alternate destinations
- The names and a description of everyone who is on the trip with you
- The day and time you plan to return