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There are many benefits to planning your hunting trip. Planning increases your chances of having an enjoyable and successful outing, and, if you do it with your friends and hunting partners, it can also build excitement. Perhaps most importantly, a hunting plan could save your life. Here are a few more reasons why it is important to prepare a hunting plan:

  • If someone in your family back home had an emergency while you were hunting, a person would know where to start looking for you.
  • If you or a hunting partner were injured while hunting and did not show up when you said you would, your family or the authorities would know where to look for you.
  • If you were already in the field and friends decided to hunt the same area, they would know where you were so they could avoid disturbing your hunt.

Your hunting plan should contain all the information necessary to help someone find you in case of an emergency. Start with the “3W’s”: Where, Who, When.

Planning a hunting trip

Review your hunting plan carefully and often. Add information as you have new ideas and eliminate things that are unnecessary or no longer relevant. As the time for your hunt approaches, finalize your plan. Leave the trip plan with somebody you trust and give them instructions on what they should do if you do not report back in time.

If you have done a good job of planning, it is likely that you will have a safe and enjoyable hunt. The best plan is of no value if you do not stick to it! There is much truth in the old saying:

Plan Your Hunt and Hunt Your Plan!