Things to Consider Before Hunting

While spontaneity can make for a fun story later on, hunting requires a bit of thought beforehand to ensure hunters’ safety and lawfulness. Before grabbing a rifle and walking blindly into the woods, take a few things into consideration:




Hunting License


A hunter must carry a state-official hunting license before hunting in the traditional sense. Oftentimes, an exception to this rule is when the person’s life is in danger or when said hunter also owns the land. Always double check laws specific to your state before proceeding.


Survey the Land First


This mostly applies when hunting in unfamiliar areas, but it doesn’t hurt to refresh your memory on a place you call home. Surveying the land helps the hunter understand any landmarks, obstacles, or property lines that can interfere with his or her experience. It may also help to carry navigational items, such as a map or a compass.


Prepare for Weather


This one typically isn’t considered until it’s too late. While most people check their local weather reports before planning outdoor activities, some changes in the weather can strike without us realizing it – or even preparing for it. While we shouldn’t always assume the worst in every situation, weather is an exception. Nothing ruins a fun day like being far from home with wet socks.


Bring a First-Aid Kit


Roaming around outdoors can make for a dangerous situation without the proper preparations. While too many items on one’s person can be a heavy nuisance, carrying just a few basic first-aid items can bring a hunter peace of mind and safety. A few bandages, sterilization wipes, antibiotic ointment, medical tape, and gloves can suffice. If the hunter is willing, he or she can even add some gauze, scissors, tweezers, and safety pins for good measure.

Note: While hunting is a great way to get outdoors and take a break from modern technology, don’t hesitate to call 911 for a medical emergency. Don’t be too proud to keep a cell phone for emergencies, especially if you’re far from home.


Prepare for a day at Hidden Hollow White Tail Ranch by following these tips. Ensure that your mind is sharp, and that your only concern for the day is seeking out a white-tailed deer. When you feel you’re as prepared as you can be and you’re ready to make a day of it, book your hunting trip online today by calling Rob Fiesler at 330-466-4404, or go online to to set up your hunting package.