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How To Pack for Hunting Trips in 3 Simple Steps

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It's well-known that backcountry hunting is reserved for the toughest individuals. But for the uninitiated, it's lesser known how frustrating packing for the backcountry can be. First-time mountain hunters face the fear of not packing enough, whereas the tried and true hunters concern themselves with cutting ounces and increasing capacity. This back-and-forth is a buzzkill for what's soon to be an amazing experience.

That's why we've partnered with our friend Lyle from Stone Glacier , to create this simple step-by-step guide to packing for your next hunting trip. Stone Glacier's been making ultralight packs and gear for backpack hunting since 2012 - so they know a thing or two about how to pack for a successful hunt.

A properly packed backpack isn't just about getting the biggest bag available and stuffing all your gear in it. It's a balance between having all your essentials in one place and being able to find anything quickly when you need it. A well-stocked and organized pack is the unsung hero of any successful hunt. No one wants to rifle through a chaotic mess that causes discomfort, a strained back, or a failed hunt.

With the help of Lyle, we've rifled through all the different ways to simplify the packing process and netted out with a simple 3-step formula, it looks like this:

  • Assess Needs: Using 4 conditions of your hunting trip, separate essentials from nice-to-have items.
  • Determine Pack Size: Pair your essentials and needs to pack size, accounting for capacity and weight.
  • Organize Efficiently: Create a logical system that keeps you one motion away from the essentials in your pack.

Simple by design, these three steps take the tough decisions out of your hands and power you through the packing stage without missing anything along the way. We're spilling the secrets of choosing the perfect gear for the outing and some packing hacks to maximize your efficiency and effectiveness - so keep reading.

1. Assessing Your Needs

The first step is always the toughest, but usually the most important. And in this guide, the first step certainly doesn't disappoint. Reframe this stage as the planning stage, where taking the time to properly prepare will save you time, frustration, and disappointment in the long run. Like any experienced carpenter will tell you, measure twice and cut once. This stage begins by defining the four influences on what you should carry.

4 Factors That Influence What You Pack for Backcountry Hunting

  • Game: What are you hunting? Bears? Wolves? Elk?
  • Terrain: Understanding the habitat and the elevation based on seasonality.
  • Weather: General climate of habitat, temperature fluctuations, seasonality, and altitude.
  • Duration: How many days will you be out?

While each factor above has a distinct impact on what you should haul, the idea here is to look at the sum of all the parts - not the parts in isolation. Think of it this way - hunting spring bears in Montana requires a different system than Colorado bears in September.

Once you define these 4 factors, it's time to categorize your gear.

Categorizing Gear for a Hunting Pack

This part of assessing your needs starts with a list. Grab some paper and write out everything you think you'll need to bring with you. Look through your gear if you need some inspiration.

This takes some work and a heavy dose of patience, but that's why this is the toughest stage. After you have a robust list down, go through and categorize essentials, extras, and unnecessary items.

  • Essentials are the bare minimum you need to survive and enjoy your hunt in comfort. This includes gear like a kill kit, first aid kits , nav tools, food, etc.
  • Extras are items that can make the trip more enjoyable by giving you an edge in the field. These would include things such as more socks than you need, carrying too much water, additional pouches for storage, etc.
  • Unnecessary items neither aid the hunt nor help as an essential need. They purely sit in the nice-to-have category, and shouldn't make the trip.

Following this approach will make sure all the important items get packed while also preventing you from lugging around unnecessary weight.

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Essential Items to Pack

What's essential for one person may not necessarily be for another - Lyle says it best - "There is no one-size-fits-all system for backpack hunting." This is emphatically true, but there is still a short list of essentials that make every trip because they keep us safe, comfortable, and primed for success. So, customize your essentials to fit your preferences and the context of your hunt, but be sure to include at least the following:

  • The Right Apparel: Pick weather-appropriate clothing, like moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and a waterproof outer shell. Layering up allows you to adapt to fluctuating temperatures and conditions with ease.
  • Food and Water: Keep hydration and nutrition at the top of your packing list. Bring along a dependable water purification system, such as a portable filter or purification tablets. For sustenance, choose high-energy, non-perishable grub, like seeds, jerky, and energy bars to keep your engine running during those action-packed days in the field.
  • Medical and Hygiene: Your first-aid kit needs to include more than a couple of aspirin and Flintstones band-aid. Invest in a proper readiness kit, failure to do so is a big miss. Roughing it doesn't mean neglecting yourself either, so if you have medication be sure to grab that, and whatever basic toiletries you need. Being prepared for the unexpected is always a smart move, so give these essentials the attention they deserve.
  • Hunting Gear: Of course, we can't forget the star of the show – your hunting gear. This includes your weapon of choice, ammunition, optics, and all necessary permits or licenses. Much of this should be in your kill kit. Invest in a sturdy way to haul your firearm or bow, like the bow attachment on Stone Glacier's packs . as well as a comfortable, secure method for toting your ammunition.
  • Miscellaneous: Round out your packing list with some important miscellaneous items such as GPS, map, compass, quality headlamp, or flashlight. These tools can be game-changers in a survival situation but also improve your ability to navigate more benign backcountry challenges.

How to Make the Tough Calls

When it comes to gear, less is often more. Separating essential items from the rest is an exercise to help you ditch the fancy gadgets that'll just add dead weight and clutter to your backpack. It promotes focusing on the essentials that contribute to your hunting prowess and comfort in the wild.

But there are other ways to help you bring the right gear, and some of them may even add more functionality to your extended hunt.

Light, Compact, and Multi-Purpose

Gear up smartly by choosing lightweight, compact equipment that won't weigh you down. This not only streamlines your packing process but also gives you the freedom to navigate rough terrain with ease.

The logic is simple, Lyle states, " If you invest in an ultralight bag, stuffing a bunch of heavy and bulky gear into the pack will defeat the purpose of the lightweight pack."

Choosing lighter and smaller gear isn't the only way to cut weight. If you have items that duplicate roles, that's an easy way to lose pounds. An easy example of this is a multi-tool that could replace several other items and take up less space. If you go this route, where you invest in highly versatile items, be sure to go with high-quality options. This is a truth for anything you carry in the backcountry, and most certainly your pack. Choosing cheap products that won't last can impact your access to several items you'll need, not just one. You'll save space and have room for other crucial items.

Stone Glacier's gear and packs are synonymous with light, compact, and multi-purpose. Look no further than the ultralight frames that can weigh in under 3 lbs yet still carry 150+ lbs. Their packs are shape shifters too, giving you the right capacity to get your gear to camp and then compress down to reduce your profile while hunting. It's a day pack and a multi-day pack in one, light enough to move in stealth mode, but sturdy enough to pack out a hindquarter and cape/head without having to head back to camp for a frame. That's multi-purpose at its finest.

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Destination Details

Do your homework before heading out – research your hunting destination and factor in terrain, weather, and local regulations when picking your gear. This should be covered in depth as you prep for your trip, as it's baked into the very first step of this entire process. But what's different here is checking for any updates as the date gets closer.

This way, you'll be ready to tackle whatever challenges your chosen hunting spot throws at you, be it dense forests, rocky inclines, or high altitudes. With rapid weather changes and record highs and lows, knowing where you're headed can completely alter what you need to carry with you. Be sure to know the details of where you're going - it could save you from wasting energy.

Learn How to Layer

Reduce the amount of clothing you'll need just by simply understanding how to properly layer . It starts with buying premium and lightweight threads that work in a system to adapt to temperature changes.

You want to find breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics to keep up with the physical demands. Multi-directional stretch is also a solid feature to keep the durability of apparel intact. At the risk of oversimplification, your layering system should look something like this:

  • Base Layer: Touches your skin and its purpose is to wick moisture away from your body, pulling it into and through the layer.
  • Mid-Layer: Primarily insulates temperature, but the fabric should be breathable and also moisture-wicking.
  • Outer Layer (Shell): Your outer layer is your shell, and shells come in several ratings, but in general, they should have some layer of resistance to wind and rain, while also helping push moisture out and preventing moisture from coming in.

If you can build a change of clothes around this system, barring ridiculous fluctuations, you can pack lighter and cover a wide range of temperatures and conditions with less.

Once you complete your essentials, shift your focus to extras and keep them separate from the must-haves.

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2. Determine Pack Size

You'll need to tally up the weight and cubic inches of your essentials at this point. You should have two piles of gear, where essential items are non-negotiable and extra items are on the chopping block.

Duration and Time Weight

In addition to the must-haves, the length of your trip impacts what you bring. If you're only going for a short time, you won't need as much food or supplies as you would if you're planning a longer expedition. And as you deplete resources, you'll want to account for the impact that has on weight as well.

This is referred to as time weight, where consuming resources lightens the load over time. The odd part of hunting though is if you're successful, you'll end the trip with far more weight than you started with.

Again, every trip into the backcountry is unique so there isn't always one way to determine the pack size needed for a hunting trip. How could they be when so many factors alter the gear you need? That said, the guys at Stone Glacier tend to see pack capacity align with trip length in the following ways:

  • Day Hunts: 2800-3200 cubic inches
  • 2-5 Days: 3600-5900 cubic inches
  • 7+ Days: 6400+ cubic inches

Add some tolerance here as you customize pack size to your 4 factors - where Lyle will be the f. If you're unsure what a target should be you can always use the general approach of maxing pack weight at 20% of your body weight .

How Much Should a 5-Day Hunt Pack Weigh?

A pack for 5 days of hunting should ideally weigh around 4 lbs unpacked, including an ultralight frame and bag. Packed, a 5-day pack to set camp would typically weigh between 35-45 lbs to account for shelter, food, water, gear, etc. Distributing weight evenly ensures comfort and energy efficiency.

While this number varies depending on several factors - such as the type of hunting, season, destination, the hunter's body, the frame of their bag, etc, with a standard 1000 cubic inches assigned per day of a hunting trip and a baseline of 1000 cubic inches, a hunter would need a pack that can handle 6000 cubic inches, or close to 96 liters. This is a general approach to how some hunters estimate the capacity needed for hunting, solely based on duration. Whether you follow this method or use Stone Glacier's general guideline for capacity, 5 days will put you closer to a pack of 6000 cubic inches.

There's high tolerance in this approach, but a pack this size could handle heavy weight and certainly cover a person at 200-250 lbs, where 20% of their body weight makes up the total pack weight.

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How Big of a Pack Do I Need for a 7-Day Hunt?

For a 7-day hunt, a multi-day pack of 6400 cubic inches is recommended. This capacity provides ample space for clothing, shelter, food, and hunting gear while maintaining a manageable weight for challenging backcountry terrain.

3 days or 7 days, the goal of packing for any length of hunting trip remains the same - cover the essentials without sacrificing mobility as much as possible.

What Should I Pack in My Hunting Day Pack?

A hunting day pack should include necessities such as hydration supplies, food, emergency equipment, hunting essentials, and navigation aids. Ideal for scouting, carrying these items helps guarantee a successful, safe, and enjoyable hunting trip in any backcountry terrain.

Now that you've cut out the non-essential items and figured out how much weight your pack should be, and the items that fit this approach, it's time for the final step - packing your gear efficiently so that everything you needs is easily accessible.

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3. Efficient Packing Techniques

Think of this step as more like maximizing space and reducing frustration rather than frivolously organizing for the sake of organizing. This step will make everything compact and make sure whatever you need is within easy reach when it matters most.

How Do I Maximize Space in My Hunting Pack?

Maximize space in your hunting pack by rolling layers, compressing items, folding items into themselves (such as hoods), and filling empty spaces with smaller items. Rolling clothes is more space efficient than folding as it allows you to pack apparel more tightly.

To amp up the organization and space, use compression sacks - Lyle, like most seasoned hunters, will testify to their usefulness, " Ultralight compression sacks are essential for reducing the size of your sleeping bag, down layers, and even your tent body and fly. Compression sacks will also provide an added layer of protection from water. Ultralight nylon bags are another great way to maximize organization. The more you can compartmentalize your gear, the easier it will be to pack, the more space you’ll save, and the quicker you’ll be able to access gear when you need it."

Make every inch count by filling empty spaces with smaller items like socks or gloves. This trick not only maximizes your pack's potential but also adds extra padding if needed. Be on the lookout for soft casings and packaging - although seemingly small, these can culminate in wasted space throughout a pack system. If the item requires some layer of protection, wrap it in a piece of apparel, like a sock.

How Do I Organize My Hunting Pack?

Organize your hunting pack by prioritizing accessibility, weight distribution, and compartmentalization. Place frequently used items in external pockets, balance heavy gear close to your spine, and group similar items in separate compartments for easy retrieval.

Accessibility is the goal of hunting pack organization. Lyle organizes his pack in the following way; " Keep essentials in places that are easy to access. Gear like rain shells, gloves, a spotting scope, and a tripod should all be easy to access. Burying these items deep in your bag will waste time and energy retrieving them, leave you susceptible to getting your gear wet, and potentially squander an opportunity to identify and close in on an animal."

Even gear that gets placed in your main compartments should be prioritized. More important items or those used more frequently should sit closer to the zipper. This way, you can spend less time rummaging through your pack and more time glassing for elk.

Daily Nutrition

Aside from the weather, one of the biggest factors that determine pack size (capacity and weight) is food. The nutrition needed to sustain your body over a week adds a significant amount of weight and requires far more space than a 3-day hunt.

Lyle's approach to packing food is a tried and true method of organizing, " There are some great resources online to help prepare your meals for backcountry nutrition . Once you’ve determined the food you will eat, pack each day’s food into its own Ziplock bag so you have an exact idea of how much space your food will take up."

By embracing these efficient packing techniques, you'll streamline your hunting experience and dodge potential hiccups. A well-organized pack not only improves your comfort and mobility in the backcountry but also sets you up for a successful hunt.

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The Pecking Order of Packing

Your essential gear, the important and necessary items, should come first. Once they're all in, you can move to extra items. Just remember that each item you add is going to add to the overall weight of your pack, so be smart. "Ounces make pounds" as they say.

By assessing your needs, defining your target pack size, and implementing efficient packing techniques – you'll set yourself up for a successful and more enjoyable backpack hunting experience. Keep in mind that practice makes perfect, so continually refine your packing strategy as you gain more experience in the field. A debrief after any hunting trip is a great way to take stock of what worked and what needs improvement.

Assessing your needs by categorizing them by essentials, non-essential but helpful, and items that are neither essential nor helpful in improving your hunting performance can lead to a well-thought-out packing list and prevent an overburdened excursion. Even after culling the herd, you'll still need to make cuts to accommodate the right pack weight. Factors such as the duration of your hunting trip and your body weight play major roles here. Striking the right balance between pack weight and the gear you need will enable you to move efficiently and avoid fatigue. As a general rule of thumb, your pack should not exceed 20-25% of your body weight for multi-day trips.

Bringing it all together, the last part is finding the most efficient means of placing your gear inside your pack, such as rolling or filling dead space to maximize capacity. Organize your pack so that the heaviest items are close to your back and centered vertically, while frequently used items are easily accessible.

Remember, less is often more when it comes to backcountry hunting. If you can carefully evaluate your needs, set a realistic target capacity and weight, and employ efficient packing techniques, you can streamline your loadout and focus on what truly matters: enjoying the hunt and the great outdoors.

Co-Author: Lyle Hebel, Director of Marketing at Stone Glacier

Stone Glacier is constantly innovating packs for the backcountry hunter. As mountain hunters, Lyle and the entire Stone Glacier team understand the importance of balancing technical performance, weight, packability, and versatility that lasts a lifetime. They've been at it since 2012, when founder, Kurt Racicot, ran the first line of packs.

Their reputation and product lines have extended into technical apparel, ultralight shelters, sleeping systems, and other specialized gear, but one thing has remained the same - their dedication to purposeful innovation for backcountry hunters.


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Your Hunt Begins at Home: A Checklist for a Safe and Successful Hunting Trip

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Hunting season is almost there for the 90% of humankind living in the Northern Hemisphere, and you’re probably anticipating your upcoming hunting trip or trips. But are you sure you’re ready for it? Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned hunter, preparation is key to ensure both safety and success. Here’s a list of things to cover; it is created with a hunt out of state, or even out of the country, in mind, but will work for your routine hunts near home as well. 

Some of these tips may sound obvious to the point of stupidity. However, all those years at BookYourHunt.com taught us that, while 999 of 1,000 hunts booked on our marketplace go without a hiccup, some people may lose track of the most obvious things. One of our favorite stories is about the Hungarian who assumed Hungary had a no-visa agreement with Russia , and was very unpleasantly surprised at the airport . We could help that guy out, and he got his capercaillie all right, but you get the picture. So, obvious or not, here are the things you want to check.

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Licensing and Regulations.

  • Have you got all necessary licenses, permits, and tags?

It is a duty and a matter of honor for any lover of the great outdoors to obey and respect hunting laws and regulations. Which can be sophisticated: it’s not unusual, for example, that hunters who want to pursue a coveted big-game animal such as elk in a particular unit, need to obtain a license to exercise their general right to hunt, a permit to pursue the particular species, a tag to make the harvest legal, and a conservation stamp because, er, fundraising and stuff. Timing is also important – it hurts to do a long trip hoping to buy an over-the-corner license only to discover they’re all sold out, while you could have easily bought one online. Make a list of what you need, and obtain everything earlier rather than later.

  • Are you familiar with the up-to-date rules and regulations? 

This year the Canadian province of Manitoba stopped selling waterfowl hunting licenses to non-residents over the counter. They are now limited draw or available through a quota system to registered guide-outfitters. Imagine driving all the way to “Canadian Siberia” only to find out you should turn back home or book a hunt on the spot. Which is easy to do on BookYourHunt.com , if outfitters still have spots open, but still. Even minor changes in regulations may make or break your hunt, and/or turn you into a felon. Make sure you’re up-to-date.


  • Is your trip thoroughly planned?

Are you flying, driving, or perhaps taking a train? In each of those cases you should think all your route through, and prepare for potential problems and bottlenecks. From whether there’s room in your vehicle for all you plan to take, to should you book a hotel to get a few hours of sleep during that 10-hour changeover, the deeper you go through all details the smoother your journey will be.

  • Have you got all necessary visas, including for transit areas? 

There was once a Hungarian hunter, who …. you’ve heard this one already? Good, then you know why you should always verify if you need a visa to enter a country. Double-check all changeovers in third countries: most of the time you don’t have to go through passport control between planes, but sometimes you do (always when you need to change airports, occasionally when you need to change terminals), and if you need a visa for this country but don’t have it, that might be the end of your flight. 

  • Are you clear to travel with your firearms? 

Most countries (even the USA ) require foreigners, who want to come over with their legally owned guns, to obtain some sort of a permit. The systems vary for each country, and your outfitter will usually be familiar with it. But it never hurts to double check. Again, mind the junctions on your route: for example, if you’re traveling to another African country through South Africa , in some cases you might be required to obtain a South African firearm import permit in addition to that of your destination country. 

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  • Are you familiar with firearms rules of your airline or other carrier?

Regulations that govern transport of guns and archery gear differ from carrier to carrier, and what worked for one a year ago may not work for another this year. Airlines are especially gun-unfriendly, and some don’t allow firearms on board at all. Double-check the rules for your particular flight(s) and make sure you can abide by them. 

  • Is your car, boat, ATV or snowmobile in full working order?

“Things don’t break down if nobody touches them!” is a phrase we all heard from our parents now and then. Unfortunately, some complex mechanisms can develop malfunctions simply through sitting unused in a garage or shed for a few months. Check your outboard, ATV, etc. a few weeks before you’re going to need them, so that you have some time to fix any problems. Also, see if you have any planned or needed maintenance, tire change, etc. during the season – it may be a good idea to have it done in advance. 

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  • Is your gun or bow in full working order? 

If you regularly practice with the particular weapon you intend to hunt, then you can confidently answer “yes”. But if it has been sitting in the safe since you don’t remember when – for example, when you plan to use a bigger rifle for your elk hunt than your regular deer rifle – a few weeks before the trip is the time to take it out, clean it, and take a few shots with it, just to see if it still holds zero or needs to replace the strings, as the case might be. 

  • Do you have enough ammunition? 

Ideally, a big-game hunter needs only a few rounds per season. But figure in practice, the need to check the zero after a trip, and sighting it in again if anything went wrong, and you realize you should have at least 50, better yet a 100 rounds of your favorite ammo in stock. And the day before the hunt is a wrong day to replenish the supply, especially if it’s the day before the opening day – you’re likely to find the shelves cleared of not only your favorite, but all decent cartridges as well, and what you can buy may not work and will require some range time to check how it shoots in any case.

  • Do you have the right clothing and boots? 

Check out the weather conditions in the area you’re going to hunt, minding not only temperatures, but also wind and humidity. The type of hunt also matters: the setup that works for a tree stand may not be the best choice for a spot-and-stalk hunt with a lot of walking over broken terrain. For fall and winter hunts, select the layers that will keep you comfy not only at the temperatures that you can expect, but also if it drops 15-20 degrees. And if you think your old stuff is good enough, take it out of the closet for inspection. Most hunters won’t forget they need their gun cleaned, or their outboard serviced, but minor ruptures or mud and blood stains too often fall victim to “I’ll think about it later” approach.

  • What other gear are you going to need?

Waders for a duck hunt, spotting scope for a sheep and goat hunt, backpack and tent for a backcountry hunt – each hunting adventure requires a different minimum set of gear. Draw a list of what you’re going to need, discuss it with your outfitter, and check if you need to buy, fix, or replace any of the items. And don’t put it off until the day before departure!

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An ounce of prevention is proverbially better than a pound of cure, so a safe hunting trip begins at home. Think your hunt through, looking for potential risk points, and prepare for them; waving danger aside is usually a sign of stupidity, not  bravery. 

  • Have you checked your tree stand and harness? 

In North America , falling from tree stands is by far the most common cause of accidents while hunting. Most of them are connected with not wearing a safety harness, improper use of equipment, or with equipment breakdowns, usually due to wear. Check your tree stand and your harness for signs of wear, and be sure you know the proper and safe routine to use that. Yeah, that’s boring, but sure beats spending the rest of your life in a wheelchair. 

  • Do you have the proper navigation and communication devices?

Getting lost is no fun, and can often get you killed. In daily life, most of us rely on a smartphone with navigation software, but for most hunting scenarios this is not enough. As a minimum, download and save on your device the maps for the territory you hunt, so that you can use the software offline, and carry a big, fully loaded power bank and charging cable. Rescue services can often pick your SOS even outside regular coverage area, but not if your battery ran out. Navigation is a secondary function for mobiles, which rely on signal from base stations as much as on satellite connection, that’s why dedicated GPS devices clearly outperform mobiles off the grid. If you venture far into the wilderness, consider buying or borrowing a satellite phone. An old-fashioned paper map and compass may be helpful too – as long as you know how to use them! 

  • Are you aware of situational risks? 

What should you watch out for in the place you’re going to hunt? Is it a grizzly country, where you should carry pepper spray and/or a handgun for defense? Are there poisonous snakes or insects? Any risks of sudden floods, cold blasts, avalanches? Being prepared is the best preventive, so do your homework. 

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  • Have you got all the necessary vaccines? 

Forget Covid-19. In some areas there is a non-imaginary risk of catching a really nasty infectious disease that can actually kill you if you don’t get the jab. Think yellow fever. And some vaccinations require time before the immunity develops. With tick-borne encephalitis, for example, you must have your first dose of the vaccine six months before your planned visit to the encephalitis risk area, which currently includes about half of Europe. So, check out the requirements and talk to your doctor if there are any vaccines that are not required by law, but still nice to have. 

  • Do you need insurance? 

In some countries you’re legally required to have special insurance, mostly concerning third-party reliability, before you can go hunting. For some hunts, it’s simply a good idea to have your medical expenses and evacuation costs covered in case of emergency. We at BookYourHunt.com have partnered with Ripcord , a company that can offer you dedicated policies, and haven’t had a chance to regret this partnership yet.

  • Does anyone know what you’re up to?

Always inform someone close to you about your hunting location and expected return. This is crucial for search and rescue operations if they become necessary.

Training and Fitness. 

  • Do you have a sufficient level of fitness? 

Many guys tend to overestimate their physical capacity. And that’s not only about that overweight middle-aged manager who thinks he can outperform Bear Grylls. Ray Marjerus, a guide-outfitter from British Columbia , once had a client who ran marathons but couldn’t complete his mountain goat hunt, because he failed to train going up and downhill . Invest some gym time into cardiovascular and weight training, doing your best to imitate the specific conditions of your hunt. If you’re going to go up and down steep slopes, go up and down steep slopes, etc. 

  • Is your health adequate for the hunt you’re going to do? 

That’s a hard, but necessary question. Although many hunters say dropping dead in a Dall’s sheep hunting camp is how they would like to go, in most cases it’s better to skip a hunt, or even a season than to risk losing hunting for the rest of your life. If you have any health issues, discuss it with your doctor – and with your guide. You can achieve a lot at hunting even if your fitness and health level isn’t perfect, and most guides are flexible and can adapt to almost any client’s ability, but you’ve got to be honest about it. 


  • Do you know enough about the kind of hunting you’re going to do? 

Nothing can replace practice, but having at least some theoretical knowledge is better than being totally clueless about the specific hunting method or territory. The Internet is full of videos, podcasts, and blogs about all things hunting, and if you can’t find the information you need online – try a library! 

  • Have you done your scouting? 

Of course, it’s hard to do traditional scouting for a caribou hunt in Yukon if you have a full-time job in Dallas, Texas . But you can and should do your homework from home. Check long-term weather forecasts. Study the territory on maps and satellite images. Read stories of those who hunted there before you. Follow a couple of local hunters, bloggers, and regional media such as small-town newspaper. If there has been a drought, flood, or wildfires, or if there are tornado or cold blast warnings, you need to know!

  • Have you had enough shooting practice? 

And not just “some” shooting practice, but “the” shooting practice for the hunt you’re going to do? E.g. long range shooting for a mountain hunt, or quick off-hand shooting for a driven hunt in Europe or moose hunt during the rut. And with the very weapon you intend to use on the trip, too. Granted, doing 200 shot series with a Big Five caliber like .458 Lott may be expensive and counterproductive (as in developing fear of the recoil and promoting flinching). But getting used to the weight and trigger pull of the beast by dry-firing and working the bolt with snap caps is never a bad idea. Consider signing up for a match or competition, too – this will teach you to fight against your anxiety and stabilize your nerves in a situation when a lot depends on your shot. 

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Preparation for your trip can be almost as fun as the actual hunt. Proper gear, training, adherence to regulations, and safety precautions don’t only ensure success – the less you have to worry about things like a dysfunctional outdoor motor, the better you can concentrate on the important stuff: the environment, wildlife, and feeling connected to nature. Follow these guidelines, and you can look forward to many memorable hunting adventures!

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Hunting Trip for Beginners: Your Ultimate Guide to a Memorable Adventure

Embarking on a hunting trip can be an exhilarating yet nerve-wracking experience for beginners. Fear not, as this extensive guide will equip you with the essential knowledge and tips to make your first hunting adventure a truly unforgettable one. Brace yourself as we venture into the thrilling wilderness!

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1.1 the essence of hunting, 1.2 choosing beginners gear for hunting trip, 2.1 setting up the camp, 2.2 strategy development, 3.1 the thrills of the hunt, 3.2 post-hunt activities, part 1: understanding the basics, 1.1.1 connection with nature.

  • Understanding the flora and fauna
  • The serenity and challenges of the outdoors
  • Historical perspective of hunting
  • Hunting as a rite of passage

1.1.2 Safety First

  • The fundamentals of gun handling
  • Identifying safe shooting zones
  • Recognizing animal behaviors
  • Safe distances and retreat strategies

1.2.1 Essential Gear

  • Clothing for different climates
  • Camouflage and visibility considerations
  • Firearms vs. bow and arrow
  • A beginner’s guide to weapon maintenance

1.2.2 Advanced Gear

  • Scopes and binoculars
  • Using drones for scouting
  • Walkie-talkies vs. mobile phones
  • Emergency signaling devices

Part 2: Preparing for the Hunt

2.1.1 finding the right spot.

  • Reading topographical maps
  • Understanding weather patterns
  • Importance of water in attracting game
  • Setting up near rivers and lakes

2.1.2 Camp Essentials

  • Tents vs. makeshift shelters
  • Tips for a comfortable sleep in the wild
  • Hunting trip recipes
  • Cooking over an open fire

2.2.1 Stalking Your Prey

  • Studying different species
  • Recognizing signs and tracks
  • Dawn vs. dusk
  • Seasonal considerations

2.2.2 Making the Kill

  • Stance and breathing control
  • Making ethical shots
  • Fair chase principles
  • Wound tracking and recovery

Part 3: Enjoying the Hunt

3.1.1 the chase.

  • The excitement of the first encounter
  • The thrill of the chase
  • Emotional preparation
  • Celebrating your success

3.1.2 Being One with Nature

  • Meditative moments in the wild
  • The deeper philosophy of hunting
  • Observing nature’s wonders
  • Wildlife photography and journaling

3.2.1 Celebrating the Catch

  • Hunters’ storytelling
  • Rituals around the world
  • Field dressing your game
  • Wilderness cooking techniques

3.2.2 Sharing Your Experiences

  • Crafting engaging tales
  • Sharing lessons and experiences
  • Photography tips for hunters
  • Creating a hunting diary

As we draw closer to the conclusion of this “Hunting Trip for Beginners” guide, it is our aspiration that you are now equipped with a rich reservoir of knowledge and a budding enthusiasm to undertake your inaugural hunting adventure. The hunting sphere is expansive, presenting an array of experiences that are not only exhilarating but also foster a profound connection with nature. Are you ready to immerse yourself in a journey characterized by exhilaration, education, and a newfound respect for the majestic outdoors?

  • What is the best season for hunting? Ans. The best season for hunting varies greatly depending on the region and the type of game you are pursuing. Generally, autumn is considered a prime time as it offers cool weather and marks the beginning of the mating season for many species, making them more active and visible.
  • Is it necessary to have a guide for my first hunting trip? Ans. While not a requirement, having a guide for your initial trips can be incredibly beneficial. They can impart valuable insights, safety tips, and techniques that can elevate your hunting experience.
  • What type of firearm is best suited for beginners? Ans. A bolt-action rifle is often touted as a suitable choice for beginners due to its simplicity and reliability. Nevertheless, the choice of firearm should also depend on the specific game you are targeting.
  • How do I ensure my safety during a hunting trip? Ans. Ensuring safety should be a priority. Always adhere to the fundamental rules of firearm safety, stay vigilant about your surroundings, and maintain proper communication devices to reach emergency services if required.
  • Can I go hunting alone as a beginner? Ans. Heading out alone on your first hunting trip is not advisable. It is safer and more educational to have an experienced hunter alongside, guiding you and helping you navigate potential hazards.

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Pete Scobell hunting elk in in Colorado's Routt National Forest in September.

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A perfectly seared steak glistened on the plate in front of me. It didn’t yet hold the connections it would later represent in my mind, but it was the start. In the dancing candlelight of a dim Argentinian restaurant, at the age of 31, I made one of the best decisions of my life. If I was going to continue eating meat after this meal, financially supporting the killing of animals for food, I was going to be involved in the process. I would become a hunter.

In reality, the decision was made over time, a culmination of concern for animal rights and environmentalism, coupled with what felt like a primal draw toward an ancient tradition and a new adventure. I wanted to feel a deeper connection to what I was eating. I didn’t support factory farming (which provides most of the meat America consumes ), and I loved the idea of having a reason to spend more time outdoors. I saw my diet choices as the most effective way to make a positive individual impact in the world—an opportunity to vote with my dollars three times a day. I didn’t want to cast my votes for an industry that made an outsized  contribution to climate change  and  environmental  degradation , and was directly responsible for an immense amount of  human  and  animal suffering .

The following eight years were a joyful journey. I’ve never been more ravenous for information than while learning about hunting . I killed a cow elk with a rifle on the last morning of my first season in 2012. With a freezer full of elk meat, I made a personal resolution not to eat beef for the rest of that year. The following year, I stopped consuming any meat (besides fish) that I didn’t kill. The next season I began bow hunting , and while I harvested elk and deer with a rifle in the meantime, it took seven more years of hard work before I killed my first bull elk with a traditional longbow. Now hunting is an integral part of my identity.

Becoming a hunter as an adult, or as I’ve come to refer to it, “adult-onset hunting,” isn’t the conventional path. Hunting rhetoric is filled with talk about the familial passing of age-old traditions. But thankfully for wildlife conservation efforts—which are mostly funded by the purchase of hunting licenses —a new generation of adults are discovering hunting on their own .

Hunting for beginners can be an intimidating world to navigate . If you’re curious, here’s what to expect and how to get started.

Hunting for Beginners: Tips and Resources

Carve out time—a lot of it.

Chasing elk with Tim Montana in Routt National Forest in September.

Time is the biggest consideration when deciding if you have the desire and ability to embark on this journey. The dates you can legally hunt are dependent on location and species, but for most big-game animals in the West, the archery season is the month of September (it’s usually October or November in the Midwest and East). Rifle seasons are typically even shorter, often about eight days. Can you imagine if your biking, skiing, climbing, or running season was only eight days to a month long? Those days will become a precious resource, and you’ll come to think of your hunting season the way you approach a powder day : friends, spouses, work, and other life commitments come second.

A hunt, especially a big game bow hunt on public land, takes a lot of time. (If your bank account needs to shed some weight, private ranches offer guided experiences that will require less work to find game with a higher chance of harvest, since guides generally know the land and the herd’s patterns—information you’d otherwise need to ascertain yourself via miles on your boots and hours with your binoculars). But the preparation is the true time suck. Plan to put down your bike, climbing rack, fishing rod, or running shoes for a good portion of the summer while you hone your skills with your weapon,  get your gear ready , and familiarize yourself with your hunting area before the season begins. I try to shoot my bow every day for two months prior to opening day—this usually means an hour at the archery range or at least a half-hour in front of the backyard target. Sighting in your rifle—making sure the scope is adjusted to accurately place a shot at the desired distance—is the bare minimum for preparing for a rifle hunt. To be confident in your ability to take an effective and ethical shot in the field, you’ll need to practice at the range at least a handful of days, but I recommend that you train as much as time allows.

You’ll also stare at your computer for hours on end as you shop for a license (deciding which tags to apply for is a complicated and exhaustive process) and new gear (you’ll probably want more new toys than you need or can afford), and as you generally obsess over learning everything about a complex new endeavour with life and death implications. Pre-season scouting is a mix of e-scouting (I recommend  OnX Hunt as a navigation app) and boots on the ground. After you find an area online that looks promising, you’ll have to get out there and see the terrain firsthand: Can you really see that ridge with your binoculars from the hill you picked out online? Does that stream on the map actually hold running water?

It’s important that your significant other or family is   supportive, since your new obsession will likely become all-consuming, and most of your outdoor excursions will now revolve around searching for animal poop in the woods.

Ask Yourself (Honestly) If You’re Ready to Suffer

Hunting is hard, and you will suffer. The good news is, you can choose what kind of suffering best fits your lifestyle and desires. If you want to bake nearly to death in a tiny convection oven called a “ground blind” (essentially a cramped camouflage tent), you can bowhunt antelope in Wyoming under the August sun. If painful frozen digits are more your speed, you can get a fourth season rifle tag for elk   in Colorado. (Fourth season is one of the last blocks of big game hunting dates for the year, typically late November.) If you want to archery hunt for elk in the Rockies—the season that my life now revolves around—you can hike/bushwhack/climb/crawl through mountainous terrain until your legs and lungs don’t work and then spend lonely nights in a bivy sack while mountain winds whip tent fabric into your face. Or you can luxuriate in a palatial wall tent for a week while smelling your friend’s half-digested chili and stale cheap beer. I’ve done both. But typically I spend most of my elk archery season alone in the mountains, hiking between 10,000 to 30,000 vertical feet and dozens of miles over the course of the month.

If you manage to find a big game animal, get yourself within effective range, and place an ethical shot, your work has just begun. You’ll need to quickly get the meat safe from scavengers (birds, bears, coyotes, and cougars), and eventually back to your vehicle. If you don’t have enough human power to carry the meat out in one trip (at least four people for an elk), you’ll need to put it in game bags and hang them from a tree. Chances are, you’ll need to pack the animal out in quarters , which means spending at least a couple hours with bloody hands while you wrestle a giant carcass that likely fell in the most inopportune spot possible. It also means up to five trips (four quarters plus the head and meat trimmings) from wherever the animal hit the ground to your mode of transportation, with a heavy pack (an elk’s hind quarter with bone-in and hide-on can be 70 pounds). If you killed an animal two miles from your truck and you’re hauling it out solo, you’ll be walking 18 miles, 10 of which will include a backbreaking pack full of meat.

Pick an Animal

Harvest rates vary widely by species and state, but in many states the percentage ratio of harvested animals to total hunters are in the teens. You’re going to spend the vast majority of your time doing everything other than harvesting meat (mostly you’ll be wondering why the animals aren’t doing what you expected them to do when you were looking at maps in your living room, reformulating your plans, and then second-guessing your new plans).

With that in mind, choose your game by choosing an environment that speaks to you. Where will you be happy to spend time even if you never see a single critter? If the undulating prairie grasses speak to you, consider pheasants or other upland birds. If your soul burns for quiet shimmering sunrises in the marshlands, learn the patterns of migrating waterfowl. I’m a mountain person who, for some reason, enjoys climbing thousands of vertical feet by myself in the dark, so elk and mule deer were the choice for me.

Choose Your Method of Take (AKA Your Weapon)

The author during his 2018 archery hunt.

For big game in the West (elk, antelope, deer, and bear), you have three basic options: rifle, muzzleloader, or hand-held bow. (A muzzleloader is a specific class of single-shot rifle that is loaded from the open end of the barrel as opposed to through the breach, such as with a bolt action or semi-automatic rifle. It’s typically less accurate at distance than a modern-style rifle.) Shotguns are the most common method of take for most bird hunting and some deer hunting in the Midwest and East. A handheld bow could be a traditional bow, which is basically a simple stick and a string; or a compound bow, which uses cams and pulleys to create a mechanical advantage resulting in an easier draw, more power, a faster arrow, and a much longer effective range. Effective range is the distance at which you can reliably place a shot within a circle that matches the size of the vital organs of an animal—about the circumference of a paper plate for a deer or an elk.

Your weapon will determine what kind of hunting experience you’ll have for two main reasons. First, each weapon has a different effective range—you’ll need to get much closer to the animal with a bow and arrow than you would with a rifle. Reliably placing yourself within 50 yards of an unsuspecting animal is a skill that takes years to develop and requires a different approach than shooting an animal at 100 yards or more. With a bow, for example, you might find yourself more frequently stalking quietly through dense timber, while with a rifle you might wait near an open meadow or across a draw (a terrain feature formed by two parallel ridges with low ground in between them) with a clean shot line.

Can you imagine if your biking, skiing, climbing, or running season was only eight days to a month long?

Second, your weapon will determine your season, which also determines your experience. It is nearly universal, for example, that archery season for big game happens in September because it coincides with the elk rut (mating season). Hunting during the elk rut is a uniquely powerful experience. During this time, bull elk vie for the attention of cows, piercing the mountain air with their  signature bugles, grunts, chuckles, and screams . The ability to hear the animals and understand their intent, and engage in vocal communication with a 600-pound king of the forest, is one of the most intense, thrilling, and addictive elements of archery hunting. Elk language is nuanced and laden with information. As a bowhunter your goal is to paint a picture in the animal’s mind with the timing, location, tone, and intensity of your vocalization. In one situation you might imitate a cow elk looking for love, while in another you might communicate to a bull that you’re a bigger bull ready to rumble. (If learning animal vocalizations intrigues you as much as it does me, check out Roe Hunting Resources , a treasure trove created by field biologist Chris Roe, who has spent thousands of hours observing animals in their natural habitat.)

Rifle hunting seasons are shorter by comparison: four to eight days rather than an entire month, and generally take place after the rut has finished. Your tactics will be different, since you likely won’t be able to locate the animals audibly. You’ll spend more time looking at distant ridgelines and bowls through binoculars and searching for signs (tracks, scat, beds) on the ground.

I started my first year of hunting with a rifle, and I’m glad I did: I believe that my early success harvesting an animal helped fuel my persistence during the challenges of learning to hunt with a traditional bow. Now I usually purchase both archery and rifle tags every season to increase my chances of filling the freezer, but archery is my passion. I’ve become addicted to communicating with animals and getting close.

Start Learning

The regulations around hunting seasons are exceedingly complex, change yearly, and vary by state . Research the licensing process for the state where you want to hunt through your  local fish and game department . State lotteries for tags can start as early as six months prior to the season, and fees can vary from $30 in-state to thousands of dollars for highly prized out-of-state tags. Many states also implement preference point systems where applicants accrue points each year they apply—it may take years of applications to obtain a particularly coveted license.

In order to purchase any hunting tag, you’ll need to complete your hunter safety certification first. This covers basic gun safety, hunting regulations, rudimentary outdoor skills, and general hunting etiquette. It takes a full day, sometimes two. You’ll likely be the only person over 12 years old taking the class. (You’ll still feel unreasonably proud when you ace a test created for children.)

From there, additional information and guidance is more abundant than ever, thanks to the Internet. I learned to field dress my first animal by watching YouTube videos in Denver coffee shops. (In retrospect, I hope I never traumatized any other shop patrons when they glimpsed a large bearded man covered in blood, pulling the intestines out of a 1,000-pound animal on my screen.) If you’re interested in hunting elk, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has compiled some fantastic resources on its Elk University page. Tom Clum, a renowned archery coach and the owner of Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, has also created an online learning series that I highly recommend.

Hunting is hard, and you will suffer. The good news is, you can choose what kind of suffering best fits your lifestyle and desires.

Finally, consume all the hunting-related media you can find. Modern Huntsman is a beautiful periodical filled with quality writing and photography. Lily Raff McCaulou wrote Call of the Mild , an intimate memoir about her journey into hunting as an adult. Likewise, The Omnivore’s Dilemma , by Michael Pollan, is a classic for anyone approaching hunting later in life for food-based reasons.

Follow people on social media , too. To start with, I recommend @aron_snyder : the president of Kifaru, a high-quality hunting gear maker known for its backpacks, and a traditional bow hunter. Snyder fills his feed with advice about building your own arrows, shooting, hunting strategies, and more. @officialbryantland is an account that showcases Black and brown hunters (you can also check out the hashtag #blackhuntersofamerica). @miaanstine and @huntfiber are great follows for women’s perspectives. And podcasts like Kifarucast , Meat Eater , and Elk Talk are more excellent windows into this world.

Find a Mentor

This is good advice for any outdoor pursuit, but especially so with such a complex and multifaceted pursuit like hunting. Be aware that hunting knowledge is often hard-won and kept close to the chest. Always ask questions, but be humble and grateful when you’re given keys to the kingdom or even little breadcrumbs of knowledge.

There is no one piece of universal advice for finding a mentor . Try to put yourself in places with people who know more than you, and then be friendly, open, and engaged. A good place to start is your local shop—look for small retailers with passionate and friendly employees. You might also send an Instagram message to a friend of a friend who you heard was a hunter, or set up a coffee date with that uncle you haven’t talked to since he got too drunk at the Christmas party. (One of the many gifts hunting has bestowed on my life is finding a common passion with people very different from me.)

Unfortunately, many spaces in hunting are still dominated by men. But organizations like DIVA WOW and Shoot Like a Girl  aim to empower women to hunt and shoot.

Get Out There

Eventually you’re just going to have to go do it. Everyone will have their own experience, but I haven’t once regretted the decision I made in that restaurant nearly a decade ago. Some of my most vivid and spectacular memories are of time spent quietly observing the world under inky night skies, on high-alpine ridgelines, and in damp forests, chasing animals . I wouldn’t hesitate to characterize these experiences as profoundly spiritual. I’m proud that by filling my freezer with ethically harvested meat, I’m less dependent on a broken food system that’s destroying our planet. As a hunter, I feel more intimately involved with the universal and delicate dance of life and death of which we’re all a part. That visceral understanding makes me feel more grateful and connected to the food on my plate, to the planet we inhabit, and to my place within it all.

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Guide to hunting guides: what to expect for your guided hunt.

Three people on a guided hunting trip walk across an open field with the sun shining down.

Working with hunting guides or outfitters can make or break your experience. Guides share their knowledge of the land and local game. A hunting guide’s support is advantageous when exploring an unfamiliar state or country. 

Fantastic hunting guides add value to your trip and make the experience more enjoyable, whether you walk away with a trophy or not. Should you hire an outfitter or hunting guide when planning your dream hunt ? Should you go it alone? 

Determine if a guided hunt is best for your next adventure. 

  • Types of Guided Hunts
  • Should You Book a Guided Hunting Trip?  
  • What to Look for on a Guided Hunt Listing

Types of Guided Hunting Trips 

Every outfitter or guided hunt business is different. Some may offer more amenities than others. You can break down most hunting trips into three categories. 

1. Fully Guided Hunting Trips

A fully guided hunting trip pulls out all the stops. You don’t have to worry about planning, researching or booking a hotel room. The outfitter provides all the necessary amenities, including lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the field. 

From there, a hunting guide will accompany you throughout your trip, showing you the best places to spot game.

2. Semi-Guided Hunts 

Semi-guided hunts aren’t fully guided experiences, but they have perks. On a semi-guided hunt, you gain access to a tract of land, and a guide will provide directions for discovering game. 

The outfitter or guide may have gear for you and a camp already set up. They may drive you to and from the camp each day, or you may be responsible for getting there. Semi-guided hunting trips may or may not include lodging.

You should expect to receive insight from your hunting guide. They will offer more information about the property, terrain, hunting tactics and game. However, unlike a fully guided hunt, you won’t have a companion helping you while you hunt.

3. DIY Hunting Trips 

A DIY hunting trip puts all the planning on the hunter’s shoulders. On a DIY or self-guided trip, the hunter must research the terrain, conditions and game beforehand to be successful on the ground. You’ll also have to plan your lodging, meals and travel. 

There’s no wrong answer when it comes to planning your dream hunt. Set your priorities before you research. You should pick an experience that fits your budget, physical condition, desired level of ease and sense of adventure.

The Big Question: To Hire a Hunting Guide or Not? 

Should you hire a hunting guide? That’s up to you. The hunt’s difficulty and your hunting experience influence the path you choose. Walk through this checklist to determine whether you need to hire a guide or are comfortable hunting alone.  

Legalities: Is a Hunting Guide Required? 

Some hunts require you to be accompanied by a certified guide. Many provinces in Canada require non-resident hunters to work with an outfitter or a certified “hunter host.” Similarly, legally hunting brown bears, Dall sheep and mountain goats in Alaska requires a guide . 

Check the regulations of the area you’ll be hunting. Be sure to look up your specific hunt. You may only need a guide for particular species or seasons.

Budget: What Works for You Financially? 

Your budget plays a large role in the type of hunt you plan. It’s often the deciding factor. 

Fully guided hunting trips are the most expensive option since you receive more services and lodging. A self-guided hunt is the least expensive type of trip. You can skimp where you need to on food and accommodations, and you’re not paying someone to join you on your adventure. 

One factor to consider is the uniqueness or rarity of the hunting trip. Is this something you plan to do annually? Is it an opportunity you won’t get again? If this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for you, it’s worth it to splurge on a fully or semi-guided hunt. Support from people who know the area increases your chances of a successful trip.

Hunting Gear: Do You Want to Invest in Gear?  

Experienced hunters collect a lot of gear over the years. You may have everything you need, from tents to game calls, or you may rely on guides to provide the necessities. Newer hunters may lean toward guided hunting tours, so they don’t have to purchase new gear. 

For avid hunters, investing in gear and going on self-guided hunts will save you money over time. Only invest in equipment if you plan to go on similar hunting trips in the future. 

Always ask the outfitter or guide what gear will be provided so you know what to bring.

Knowledge: How Well Do You Know the Area?

An experienced hunter may have a fair amount of knowledge about the area and game. Each hunting trip teaches you more about the land, animals and yourself. With every hunt, you gain confidence as a hunter and familiarity with the region. 

If you’ve been hunting for years, you may feel comfortable with your knowledge of the area and not require a hunting guide. After some research, you may be ready to go. 

The people who benefit most from guided hunts have never visited the area or pursued the game before.

Stamina: How Physically Fit Are You? 

Self-guided hunts can be physically taxing. Depending on your trip arrangements, you may set up camp, haul all your equipment, hike to find ideal spots and harvest game—all by yourself. 

Going it alone is a physical challenge, and you must have reasonable expectations for your capabilities. Hunting guides help you with gear and often assist in harvesting the animal.

Your Goals: What Type of Experience Do You Want to Have?

Working with a hunting guide can increase your chances of filling a tag, but some people like the challenge of hunting on their own. 

When you hunt solo, you must put in more research and planning before you head into the backcountry. You must rely on your instincts and live with your decisions. Hunting alone teaches you about strategy on the fly. 

If you harvest an animal on a solo hunt, you may feel a greater sense of satisfaction. Whether your hunt was successful or miserable, everything about the experience was up to you. 

A guided hunting trip eliminates some of the challenges you face when hunting by yourself. Partnering with a guide doesn’t make your harvest any less of an accomplishment. For many hunters, using a guide removes the burden of planning logistics so they can focus on the joy of the hunt itself.

Breakdown: Self-Guided, Semi-Guided & Fully Guided Hunts

What to look for on a guided hunt listing .

Before you book a trip, check the listing for its amenities and provided services. You should read all of the listing’s details, so you can avoid surprises and set your expectations for the hunting trip. If what’s offered meets your needs, book it! 

As you search for listings , here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Public vs. private land. Read the listing’s description for any mention of where you will be hunting. Knowing if you will be on public or private land helps you set expectations. Public lands often experience more hunting pressure than private lands. You may have to work harder to get close to animals in the peak of the season. Yet, plenty of hunters have seen success on public lands. 
  • Land features. What type of land will you trek through? Wetlands? Desert? Listings will note the type of terrain and if hunters have access to open land, timber or water features.  
  • Property features. What amenities are on the property or included with the hunt? Outfitters may provide hunting blinds and stands as well as ATVs or other recreational vehicles to access areas. Some may have boats to travel to more remote locations.
  • Hunting method. You can only use certain hunting methods within their legal season. Outfitters and landowners may have other limitations on the methods and gear they allow on their guided hunt or property.
  • Sleeping arrangements. Many semi-guided and fully guided hunts provide lodging. If you prefer to sleep in a cabin on the property, make sure the listings you find offer that accommodation. Listings that do not provide lodging will say so on our website .   
  • Wounding terms. Make sure you understand what happens if you draw blood or wound an animal. In most scenarios, all efforts will be made to retrieve the animal. Depending on state game laws, your tag may be considered filled if you wound an animal and are unable to recover it. 
  • Pet policies. Never assume you can bring your pets with you—even if your pet is a trained bird dog. More often than not, outfitters and landowners do not want hunters to arrive with pets in tow. Check the listing for the outfitter’s or owner’s pet policy. 
  • Physical expectations. Some hunting trips are more strenuous than others. Using HUUNT , you can organize guided hunting trips by difficulty. Choose between descriptors such as “easy” and “moderate” to find opportunities that suit your capabilities and interests. You can also filter our listings to find disabled-friendly adventures.   

Hunting guides cannot guarantee you walk away with a trophy—or even a filled tag. They can help you get closer to harvesting your dream animal and save you the hassle of planning your trip’s logistics.

Whether you decide to hire a guide or go on a self-guided hunting trip, HUUNT can help you find an adventure that excites you. Explore our listings to find land for lease, semi-guided and fully guided hunting trips. 

Find a listing you love? Sign up for our free membership to book your adventure today.  

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The Ultimate Checklist: What to Pack in a Hunting Backpack

Mastering the art of hunting demands more than marksmanship. It’s about being ready for any scenario. Discover why knowing what to pack in a hunting backpack isn’t just practical – it’s the key to confidently conquering the wild.

Pioneering an unforgettable hunting escapade hinges on a crucial aspect: knowing precisely  what to pack in a hunting backpack . Picture this: The wilderness stretches before you with opportunities and challenges. Your backpack isn’t merely a carrier; it’s a repository of your triumphs and readiness. As you delve into the heart of nature, the art of adequate backpack packing becomes your compass, ensuring that every essential is within reach.

In this guide, we delve deep into successful hunting preparation. From gear that amplifies your advantage to supplies that epitomize foresight, we uncover the secrets of packing your hunting backpack with finesse. The journey begins here, where meticulous planning meets the thrill of the wild, all centered around the pivotal question – what to pack in a hunting backpack?

Table of Contents

Essential Gear and Equipment

As a pro hunter, your success hinges on more than just instinct; it’s about having the right tools and equipment to conquer the wild. In this section, we delve into the crucial gear and equipment that form the bedrock of your hunting expedition.

A. Weapons and Ammunition

Types of Firearms or Bows for Different Types of Hunting : Your choice of weapon can significantly impact your hunting experience. For large game, consider rifles with appropriate caliber and optics. For a more challenging experience, archery bows demand skill and precision. Tailor your weapon to the match you’re pursuing and the environment you’re navigating.

Ammunition or Arrows – Quantity and Type : Pack ample ammunition or arrows, considering potential follow-up shots and emergencies. Use high-quality, reliable ammunition tailored to your firearm, and ensure hands are well-matched to your bow.

B. Optics and Navigation Tools

Binoculars or Spotting Scopes : Avid hunters know that spotting games from a distance can make all the difference. Invest in quality binoculars or spotting scopes to scan the terrain, spot movement, and assess game size before moving.

GPS Devices or Maps : Navigation is a core skill for any pro hunter. Equip yourself with a GPS device preloaded with topographical maps for precise tracking. Additionally, carry physical maps as a backup to avoid getting lost in unfamiliar territories.

Compass or Navigation Apps : Traditional compasses remain steadfast allies in navigation. Supplement them with navigation apps on your smartphone, which can offer real-time positioning, route planning, and weather updates.

C. Clothing and Apparel

Layering System for Varying Weather Conditions : Mother Nature can be unpredictable, especially in the wild. Embrace the concept of layering, starting with moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and weather-resistant outer layers. This adaptable approach ensures comfort and protection across changing conditions.

Camouflage Clothing for Stealth : Camouflage isn’t just a fashion choice; it’s a tactical advantage. Blend seamlessly into your surroundings with camo patterns matching your hunting area’s terrain and vegetation.

Quality Hunting Boots : Your feet are your primary mode of transportation through rugged terrain. Invest in sturdy, waterproof hunting boots with proper ankle support to prevent injuries and dry your feet.

Gloves, Hats, and Face Masks : These seemingly minor accessories are essential for minimizing your scent, reducing glare, and staying concealed from keen animal senses.

D. Safety Gear

Blaze Orange Clothing for Visibility : While camouflage helps you blend in, blaze orange clothing ensures you’re visible to other hunters, preventing accidents.

First Aid Kit : Accidents can happen in remote areas. Carry a well-stocked first aid kit with bandages, antiseptics, medications, and essential medical tools.

Emergency Communication Devices (Satellite Phones, Radios) : Reliable communication is paramount in emergencies. Satellite phones or two-way radios enable you to call for help even in areas without cellular coverage.

Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or Satellite Messenger : These devices transmit distress signals to emergency services, providing your exact location for swift rescue in life-threatening situations.

Being a pro hunter entails meticulous preparation and equipping yourself with the right gear. Each item in your backpack serves a purpose, enhancing your efficiency, safety, and success. As you master the art of selecting and packing essential gear, you transform from a mere hunter into a skilled woodsman capable of navigating any challenge the wilderness may present. Stay tuned as we explore more facets of pro-hunting preparation in the subsequent sections.

Food and Hydration

In pro-hunting, sustenance is more than a luxury – it’s a strategic asset. As you venture into the wild, your body needs fuel to maintain focus and energy. Here’s how to keep your nutrition and hydration on point:

A. Lightweight and High-Energy Snacks

When the hunt demands your attention, you need convenient snacks that pack a punch. Opt for energy-rich options like nuts, jerky, and protein bars. These lightweight snacks provide quick bursts of energy without weighing you down.

B. Dehydrated Meals or Trail Mix

For more extended hunts or overnight stays, dehydrated meals are a godsend. These lightweight, space-saving packets can be rehydrated with hot water for a hearty meal. The trail mix, comprising nuts, dried fruits, and perhaps a touch of chocolate, offers a blend of nutrients for sustained energy.

C. Portable Water Filter or Purification Tablets

In the wild, clean water is non-negotiable. Portable water filters or purification tablets ensure you can drink from natural sources without worry. These devices neutralize contaminants, making water safe for consumption.

D. Hydration Bladder or Water Bottles

Staying hydrated is vital for performance and focus. A hydration bladder fits neatly into your backpack and allows you to sip water without stopping. Alternatively, water bottles are dependable options for carrying fluids.

E. Cooking Equipment (Optional)

  • Compact Stove : A compact stove can transform dehydrated meals into warm, satisfying sustenance if your hunting trip extends beyond a day. These stoves are designed to be lightweight and efficient, utilizing minimal fuel.
  • Utensils and Cookware : A spork (combination of spoon and fork) is a versatile meal utensil. Depending on the complexity of your meals, consider carrying a lightweight pot, pan, and mug for cooking and drinking.

Remember, your body is your primary tool during a hunt. Ensuring you have the right fuel and hydration sustains you physically and keeps your mind sharp and your reflexes keen. Pro hunters recognize that adequate nutrition and hydration strategies are integral to a triumphant hunting experience. As we delve deeper into the art of being a pro hunter, let’s uncover more insights that set you apart in the wilderness.

Shelter and Sleeping Gear

Surviving and thriving in the wild requires adequate rest and protection from the elements. Your shelter and sleeping gear are the havens where you recharge for the next day’s challenges.

A. Lightweight and Compact Tent or Shelter

Choose a tent or shelter that balances weight with durability. The suitable shelter shields you from rain, wind, and insects. Opt for lightweight, easy-to-set-up options that won’t weigh you down during your hunt.

B. Sleeping Bag Suitable for the Climate

Tailor your sleeping bag to the climate you’ll encounter. Insulation ratings determine how warm a sleeping bag is. A colder environment demands a bag with higher insulation, while milder weather requires less.

C. Sleeping Pad or Insulated Mat

An insulated sleeping pad or mat serves two purposes: comfort and insulation from the cold ground. A good place ensures a restful night’s sleep, which is crucial for staying sharp during the hunt.

D. Bivouac Sack (Emergency Shelter)

A bivouac or bivy sack is a compact, lightweight shelter designed for emergencies. It offers protection from the elements when carrying a full tent isn’t feasible.

Survival and Emergency Items

As a pro hunter, you’re well-versed in the art of preparation. Equipping yourself with survival and emergency items extends that readiness, ensuring you can handle unexpected situations.

A. Fire-Starting Tools

Waterproof matches, lighters, and fire starters are your lifelines for warmth, cooking, and signaling for help. Store them in a waterproof container to ensure they remain functional.

B. Multi-Tool or Knife

A multi-tool or a versatile hunting knife is a cornerstone of survival. It aids in preparing food, building shelters, and handling various tasks you encounter in the wild.

C. Emergency Blanket

Compact and lightweight, emergency blankets reflect and retain body heat, providing crucial insulation when temperatures drop unexpectedly.

D. Whistle and Signal Mirror

A whistle’s piercing sound can carry over long distances, aiding communication. A signal mirror can catch sunlight and attract attention, increasing your chances of being spotted.

E. Cordage or Paracord

Cordage has myriad uses – from building shelters to setting traps. Paracord, known for its strength, versatility, and lightweight nature, is a favorite among pro hunters.

F. Bear Spray or Deterrent (If Applicable)

For hunts in bear country, bear spray is a powerful tool to deter potential threats. Get acquainted with how to use it and ensure it’s readily available when needed.

Field Dressing and Processing

Your skill extends beyond the hunt, including proper field dressing and game processing. This section of your backpack ensures your hard-earned catch is handled efficiently and hygienically.

A. Field Dressing Kit

Gloves, sharp knives, and bone saws are the trio for effective field dressing. These tools streamline the process, ensuring you’re well-prepared for transporting the game.

B. Game Bags for Meat Transport

Game bags prevent contamination and preserve meat quality during transportation. They’re an essential investment for any hunter.

C. Zip-Top Bags for Organ Storage

Organ storage requires attention to detail. Zip-top bags keep organs separated, preventing contamination and ensuring you make the most of your game.

D. Scent-Blocking Materials

Hunting success hinges on remaining undetected by your quarry. Scent-blocking materials help mask your scent, increasing your chances of a successful stalk.

Miscellaneous Items

Pro hunters know that it’s often the small things that make a big difference. These miscellaneous items complete your preparedness toolkit.

A. Headlamp or Flashlight with Extra Batteries

When darkness falls, a reliable source of light becomes indispensable. A headlamp leaves your hands free, and extra batteries ensure prolonged usage.

B. Insect Repellent

Bugs can be relentless distractions. Insect repellent ensures your focus remains on the hunt rather than swatting away pests.

C. Game Calls or Attractants

Game calls mimic animal sounds, luring your prey into range. Attractants can enhance your chances by enticing curious animals closer.

D. Camera or Smartphone for Documenting the Hunt

Capture the exhilaration of the hunt by documenting your experiences. Whether for memories or sharing your stories, a camera or smartphone is a valuable addition.

As a pro hunter, your backpack isn’t just a storage space; it reflects your expertise and preparedness. Each item serves a purpose: survival, comfort, or increasing your chances of success. Equipped with these insights, you’re poised to tackle the wild with confidence and skill. Stay tuned as we uncover the final pieces of the pro-hunting puzzle, ensuring you’re fully equipped for any challenge nature presents.

Packing and Organization Tips

In the world of pro-hunting, precision extends beyond the hunt itself. How you pack and organize your gear can significantly impact your overall experience and success. Let’s explore critical strategies for packing smartly and efficiently.

A. How to Properly Distribute Weight in the Backpack

A balanced backpack is a game-changer. Distribute weight evenly to avoid strain on your body and maintain stability during hikes. Place heavier items close to your back’s center of gravity, keeping the load manageable and minimizing fatigue.

B. Using Packing Cubes or Dry Bags for Organization

Packing haphazardly can lead to frustration and inefficiency. Packing cubes or dry bags compartmentalize your gear, creating a systematic approach to organization. Group items by category, making retrieval quick and hassle-free, even in the heart of the wilderness.

C. Preparing for Different Types of Hunts (Day Hunt vs. Multi-Day Hunt)

The nature of your hunt shapes your packing strategy. For day hunts, streamline your gear to essentials – weapons, optics, clothing layers, and sustenance. For multi-day excursions, meticulous planning is vital. Pack additional clothing, extra nutrition, and shelter provisions, tailoring your load to the duration and demands of the hunt.

Your proficiency as a pro hunter extends to how well you manage your gear. Master the art of efficient packing, and your hunting adventures will seamlessly transition from the planning phase to the execution, ensuring every piece of equipment serves its purpose without hindrance. In the final stretch of our exploration, let’s unveil the culmination of your pro-hunting readiness.

As we conclude our journey through the essentials of packing a hunting backpack like a pro, let’s revisit the core principles that underscore your readiness for the wild.

A. Recap the Importance of a Well-Packed Hunting Backpack

Your hunting backpack isn’t just an accessory; it’s a repository of skill, foresight, and preparedness. Every item carefully selected and packed within its confines contributes to your success as a pro hunter. From the gear that amplifies your advantage to the provisions that sustain you, a well-packed backpack is your ally in pursuing nature’s challenges.

B. Emphasize the Need for Personal Adaptation

While this guide equips you with a comprehensive understanding of what to pack, remember that adaptation is a hallmark of a true pro hunter. Individual preferences, hunting locations, and environmental conditions all play a role in shaping your packing choices. Tailor your load to your unique needs, balancing readiness and comfort.

You embody the essence of pro-hunting as you step into the wild with your well-organized backpack, armed with the right gear, knowledge, and mindset. Each hunt is an opportunity to test your preparedness, navigate the complexities of nature, and emerge victorious. May your journeys be marked by triumphs, and may your backpack always be a testament to the mastery you’ve achieved in the art of the hunt.

Thank you for embarking on this journey with us, and may your hunting endeavors be as rich and rewarding as the landscapes you explore.

Different types of hunting may require specialized gear and equipment. It’s essential to choose a hunting backpack that aligns with the specific requirements of your hunting activity.

Regularly inspect your hunting backpack for any damages or wear. Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and maintenance instructions to ensure its longevity and optimal performance.

Yes, hunting backpacks are often versatile and suitable for various outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and fishing. However, ensure it meets the needs of the specific activity.

Yes, packing extra clothing, including rain gear and insulation, is advisable to prepare for unexpected weather changes during your hunting trip.

To reduce weight, opt for lightweight and compact versions of gear and equipment. Also, consider the necessity of each item and prioritize only the essentials for your trip.

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Hunting is not just a hobby; for many, it's a passion that drives them to explore new horizons and challenge their skills on a global scale. If you're an avid hunter looking to embark on an international hunting adventure, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll guide you through the essential steps of planning international hunting trips with the help of "Find A Hunt," a trusted name in the hunting industry.

Define Your Hunt:

The first step in planning any hunting trip is to define your objectives. What type of game are you interested in? Are you pursuing a trophy animal, or is it more about the experience of hunting in a new location? Be clear about your goals, as this will help you narrow down your options.

Research Destinations:

Once you know what you're looking for, it's time to research potential hunting destinations. "Find A Hunt" offers a comprehensive database of hunting outfitters and destinations around the world. You can browse through their website to find information on various hunting opportunities, including big game, waterfowl, upland birds, and more.

Check Regulations:

Each country has its own hunting regulations, and they can vary widely. It's crucial to thoroughly research the hunting laws and regulations of your chosen destination. "Find A Hunt" can assist you in understanding the legal requirements, ensuring that you stay compliant throughout your hunting adventure.

Choose the Right Outfitter:

Selecting the right outfitter can make or break your international hunting experience. "Find A Hunt" provides a platform where you can compare outfitters, read reviews, and check their credentials. Look for outfitters with a solid reputation, experienced guides, and a commitment to ethical hunting practices.

Travel Logistics:

International hunting trips involve a lot of logistics, including travel arrangements, accommodations, and permits. "Find A Hunt" can help you with travel recommendations, including the best airports to fly into, nearby lodging options, and the required permits. They can also provide information on any additional activities or sightseeing opportunities in the area.

Gear and Equipment:

Make a checklist of the gear and equipment you'll need for your hunting trip. Depending on your destination and the type of game you're pursuing, your equipment requirements may vary. "Find A Hunt" can offer suggestions and advice on what to bring based on your chosen hunt.

Safety and Health Precautions:

Prioritize safety during your international hunting adventure. Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations, medications, and travel insurance. Additionally, familiarize yourself with local emergency contacts and procedures. "Find A Hunt" can provide guidance on health and safety preparations for your trip.


Planning an international hunting trip can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it requires careful preparation and attention to detail. With "Find A Hunt" by your side, you can access a wealth of information and resources to make your journey a success. Whether you're a seasoned hunter or a novice looking for new challenges, trust "Find A Hunt" to help you plan the hunting adventure of a lifetime. Happy hunting!

(Note: Be sure to verify the latest regulations, travel requirements, and safety guidelines before embarking on your international hunting trip, as they may change over time.)

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Definition of hunt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • Lions sometimes hunt alone.
  • hunt something Whales are still being hunted and killed in the Arctic.
  • hunt for something Cavemen had to hunt for their food.
  • They watched the bald eagles hunting for fish.
  • hunt something for something The animals are hunted for their fur.
  • Turtles are illegally hunted for their eggs, meat and shells.
  • open season
  • Porpoises were still being actively hunted in Greenland.
  • The animals come out at night to hunt for mice and other small animals.
  • The whales were heavily hunted by British commercial whalers.
  • It is now illegal to hunt otters.

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Dreaming of a destination big-game hunt? Some tips for planning a successful trip

M any hunters dream of hunts far out of state for game foreign to their own stomping grounds. These are wonderful experiences, chances to see new parts of the world, learn more about hunting and meet fellow sportsmen.

But whether you're planning that trip of a lifetime on an outfitted hunt or scheming a do-it-yourself adventure, significant planning is necessary to not only be successful in your pursuit but also just to get there in one piece.

While certainly many others have traveled more often and farther than me, I've lived my share of DIY and guided deals across the country. Here are some of my suggestions if your daydreams are materializing into realities far from home. 

Start applying for preference points now

Preference points are necessary to land limited permits for western and northeastern big-game hunting. For some species, it'll require years of accumulated points before a successful permit is drawn. I keep a notebook to track application dates and stockpile necessary points that will skip me to the head of the line when I'm ready to embark on a journey. Most applications require a small fee, but it's a minor investment when needing to pull a coveted permit.

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Be honest about your budget

The sticker shock and financial realities of outfitted affairs are the biggest barriers to entry here, but if you evaluate the costs of conducting and hosting successful hunts, there is typically tremendous value. What surprises people on most any destination hunt are the "other" costs. Non-resident hunting licenses. Travel expenses. New gear. Shipping trophies. Airport bar tabs. Some are variable or can be split with friends while others can't, but be cognizant when setting your budget.

Be honest about your time

I enjoy distant turkey and waterfowl hunts because they’re typically three-day affairs, and over that period, routinely successful. In general, though, big-game hunts require more dedication. Shy of trophy-rich locales like south Texas, I wouldn’t spend less than four days on a hunt for a mature whitetail , and no less than a week for elk, or you’ll short-change your opportunity for success, with or without a guide.

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Research outfitters

Don't be afraid of seeking opinions about outfitters. It's daunting to PayPal a deposit to a stranger for a hunt in an alien land, so perform your due diligence. Also, outfitters can be absolutely allergic to returning phone calls and emails. If you get one on the phone, have all of your questions prepared. Once you book, you might not talk to the fellow again until baggage claim.

Transportation concerns

Flying with firearms is straightforward, if you follow airline policy and address staff like they're the Soup Nazi. Some outfitters will offer transportation to and from the airport, but rental cars are often involved. In Maryland, I was inadvertently rented an EV. After blasting the rental company on social media and filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, my restitution was simply another lesson about reading the fine print and lingering anxiety over frantically seeking a charging station among the semi-rural towns of the Eastern Shore.

And that's the point here: Hunting dreams are grand, and all hunters should partake if so moved. But the Devil lingers in the details of planning.

Ian Nance writs a biweekly column on hunting for The Ledger.

This article originally appeared on The Ledger: Dreaming of a destination big-game hunt? Some tips for planning a successful trip

Ian Nance with guide Steve Zinn and an Ohio gobbler. Out-of-state trips provide a great opportunity to hunt new places and meet fellow sportsmen.

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A Definition of a Hunting Trip

Hunting journal entry: december 10th-11th, 1999.

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For Dan, Carl, and John

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hunt (hŭnt), v.t. 1. to chase (game or other wild animals) for the purpose of catching or killing. (The American College Dictionary, 1951)

trip (trĭp), n. 1. a journey or voyage. (The American College Dictionary, 1951)

The average person who has never had the privilege to be part of an ethical hunt may be tempted to generalize when it comes to their views on something they know little about. It’s easy to draw correlations, trying to fill in the blanks when there is a lack of information. I will be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of stereotyping without having the proper knowledge to back up my initial thoughts. If I had taken one of the paths more traveled and never become a hunter, I might be tempted to think of a hunting trip as “a journey or voyage to chase (game or other wild animals) for the purpose of catching or killing.” In fact, due to the limitations of the written language, this is not a bad definition… But it is not the entire definition.

My story today stems from my most recent hunting trip with my father, brother, and two very treasured friends, who probably have more years of hunting under their belts than Andrew and I have years of living combined. If anyone knows the true definition of hunting, it is these fine fellows whom I have had the privilege to hunt with for the past ten years. I am sure some of my views and beliefs have been influenced by the experiences I sculpted with them and another of our friends who was not able to make this trip.

If someone were to ask me how many ducks we shot that trip, I would have to really think about it and recall each individual shot I made. But it is not the quantity that I go after on these trips, rather the quality. One good, clean shot to me is better than ten mediocre shots where I can’t remember exactly how the shot was made or under what circumstances. There were instances on Saturday morning where there were many ducks in the area, several within range, but none of us shot. There are times when passing up shots can be the product of the indecision of too many hunters. However, there are also times when passing up a shot can be more rewarding or satisfying than breaking the silence of wing beats.

I remember passing up a shot at a formation of tightly packed teal as they sailed through the draw—at least twice—primarily because I was not on a hunting trip according to the American College Dictionary. I knew that the teal were so close to one another that I could have hit more than one, had I shot, or maybe wounded some on the periphery of my pattern. And flock shooting is definitely a dictionary definition of hunting. But later in the day I did shoot at some teal. I made two excellent shots on two separate singles as they buzzed over me when I was up on the bluff. I can still see the sequence of events during the shots and I still feel good about making them. I knew without a doubt that I wouldn’t be wounding any other ducks in the background since they were alone, and I could focus on the primary objective

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However, making a clean shot is not always as easy as it seems. We’re not out there every day, perfecting our skills, so it’s easy to slip into a state of bad habits when it comes to shooting waterfowl. All waterfowlers know what it’s like to have an off day or maybe a few off hours just as all pitchers know what it’s like to have an off game. On the flip side, it’s all that much more gratifying when your “stuff” is really working. This may be one of the general public’s biggest misconceptions about hunting. I know some people think all the hunter has to do is go out and point the barrel of a shotgun in the general direction of the bird and pull the tripper, filling the sky with a barrage of pellets. However, anyone who has done enough wing shooting knows there’s a lot more physics to it than that.

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I’m sure there are some people who wish it were that easy. I’ve seen “sky busters” before and have always figured that they were trying to make up for their lack of skill for shooting and love for wildlife with a little blind luck. For as long as I can remember, I have not taken a shot unless I was confident that I could make it. However, could and would are two different words.

When I first started hunting at age nine, I sat out in the middle of a field, next to a clump of tall grass and shot the barrel of my single action .410 hot to the touch. I made 50 shots at 50 doves that I knew I could hit, however I would go on to hit only two. Two boxes of shells for two doves—not a bad day’s hunt. My point is—and I know that I speak for my other family members and close friends—that when we decide to take a shot, we know the deciding factor on whether or not we actually hit the target is not luck. With some experience it is easy to quickly draw the line between an in-range shot and a long shot—that if taken would probably cripple the bird at best. Limiting my shots to in-range shots is only part of it, for the littlest flinches can have dramatic effects downrange. And so I am continually striving to work out those kinks so I can make fewer, better shots. But that’s part of what makes hunting interesting. It’s not a test to see if I can push the buttons fast enough to make the little guy on the screen do what I want him to—it’s a test of my mind’s ability to make my body do what I want it to do in a dynamic fashion—and it’s exciting.

hunting trip (hŭnt·ing trĭp), n . 1. a journey with friends away from the comforts of shelter to reclaim one’s natural roots, to engage in the larger circle of life, and to be close to wild things for the purpose of setting one’s mind and body free from un-natural processes. (Bruce’s Dictionary of Natural Order, 1999)

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