Shooting Down Your Hunting To-Do List
While the hunting season may still be a few months away, now is the moment to begin checking stuff off your to-do list for hunting. After all, regardless of how you cut it, there's a ton of job going into getting prepared for the season.
Fortunately, things have altered dramatically from past centuries for today's hunter. Hunters used to be sleeping in tents, heating bean tin boxes over an open fire, wearing puffy parks to maintain hot and staying close to paved highways in case they required assistance.
Now, lodges, guides, cooks, cell phones and all-terrain vehicles make hunting a more enjoyable and safer experience.
The following tips will help you get prepped for this year’s hunting season:
• Check your license. Ensure that your hunting license is valid and covers all varieties of wildlife you intend to hunt. Even if you’ve hunted in the same location, check that permit requirements haven’t changed. Regulations get updated yearly, so don’t assume that what was valid last year still applies to your favorite watering hole.
• Pack your bag. If you’re planning to travel out of town, you’ll need a hunting permit for that state. If you’re staying local, your bag should be filled with essential items that will help you survive any unexpected situation—be it the weather or something else. This includes a cell phone, GPS, first aid kit, lighter, binoculars, small rope, pocket knife, bottled water, and a few high-energy snacks.
• Take the right clothing. Depending on where you’re headed, you’ll need a light or heavy jacket, gloves, hat and layers for nights when the temperatures dip. And don’t forget the rain gear. If in a warmer climate, you can dress down with lighter clothes, but whatever the case, don’t forget your orange hunting vest. One caveat: wash any clothes you intend to wear with unscented laundry detergent. Animals will be able to smell you a mile away and will not come near you.
• Bring any necessary accessories. This could include extra ammunition, maps, a flashlight, a whistle and if you’re a smokeless tobacco user perhaps a portable spittoon such as those created by Atlanta-based FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR). These portable spittoons are an easy-to-use solution for taking your favorite tobacco products along wherever you go. Especially convenient is the new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon, designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for taking the pleasure of snuff, dip or chew, hunting, fishing or any other outdoor activity. FLASR’s spittoons also help eliminate the scent of chewing tobacco spit, which could ward off animals.