Hunting is a fun activity that many people enjoy. It’s also a means to survival, whether it be as a career or out of necessity for food, depending on where you are in the world. It’s a means to obtain food by, and that food may be eaten or sold, depending on who you are. Not only that, but if you make a clean kill you can even use the pelt, as genuine animal fur is, among those who don’t mind it, a true luxury. Furthermore, depending on what it is that you kill there can be other rewards to be reaped, such as a nice set of antlers to go over your fireplace. But when you go hunting there are certain things to make sure you bring with you to avoid trouble, as it could be quite dangerous.
Since hunting is a regulated activity, the first thing that you should bring in case you come across other hunters is some bright colors. You might think camouflage is what you hunt in, but it’s regulation to wear a safety vest while hunting so that other hunters can identify you. If you don’t wear it you could end up getting shot by mistake, as has been the case in the past.
Secondly, on the topic of regulations, bringing along a hunting permit is vital. Wardens patrol regular hunting grounds to make sure there are no poachers, so being able to show them your permit is important to making sure you don’t get into trouble. A permit is fairly easy to obtain as they’re issued at the beginning of and during the hunting season, and used to make sure things aren’t over hunted.
On to the hunting gear itself, the third piece of gear that you must have when hunting is, quite simply, the gun. Making sure you have the right calibre gun for the job is important, as you’re not allowed to hunt certain animals with guns that are too high powered or too low powered, lest it be considered unsportsmanlike or putting them in misery.
Those are the hunting essentials, but then there are certain things important to most outdoor activities. Fourthly on the list is clean water to drink, which is absolutely vital. Out hunting for a day, or for many days, can be a long and tiring process. It’s important to make sure you don’t get dehydrated. Dehydration will not only slow you down, it will cause you to feel ill and weary, which can affect your efficiency when it comes to the hunting.
On that note, the fifth thing would be rations. It can be dried meats, trail mix, or even a meal to warm up over a camp fire later that night. It all depends on how long you’re going to be hunting and what kind of camp you set up. Rations give you energy which helps you stay alert and productive while out on the hunt. Depending on what your plan is bringing enough food for the duration of the trip is important.
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Justin is a fanatic travel blogger who loves to write on adventure. This articles is written for Torpedo7, Australia’s largest online adventure gear and outdoors shop.