Hunting: How to Get Started

Pheasant hunter walking through open field, ready to shoot

Hunting seems to be a family tradition, passed down for generations. Hunting is a fun and memory-making tradition that many families enjoy together, but you don’t have to belong to a family of hunters in order to be a hunter! If you’re interested in picking up hunting but you don’t know where to begin, here’s how you can get started:

1. Go through hunter education. Most states require that you pass a hunter education, or hunter safety course before you’ll be able to get your hunting license. Even if you live or plan to hunt in a state that doesn’t require a hunter education course, the information from the course can help you better prepare for the upcoming hunt.

2. Shadow a hunter. Once you’ve completed hunter safety, consider shadowing a friend or colleague who hunts. It’s not a bad idea to leave your hunting gear home while you shadow and simply go along on the trip as an observer. This will help you pick up on some techniques and get an idea of what you’ll need and what the hunt will be like.

3. Choose a gun. After you’ve completed hunter safety and perhaps have shadowed another hunter, do some research and find out which gun will be best for you and the hunt you plan to do. If you’re planning to hunt birds, a Caesar Guerini trap shotgun or a Browning trap shotgun might be your ideal guns. If you’re planning to hunt deer or elk, though, a Weatherby Vanguard .308 or a Remington 30-06 might be the best choice for you.

If you’re not sure which gun you want, talk to an associate at your local sporting goods store and handle a few of your gun choices to see which feels best to you.

4. Practice! After you’ve chosen your gun, stock up on ammo and get out to the shooting range. Familiarizing yourself with your gun will be a huge help during the hunt as you’ll know exactly how it shoots, how to adjust, and how to hit your target in as few shots as possible.

5. Hire a guide or make plans to go with a friend. There are a number of reasons that you shouldn’t go it alone, especially on your first time out. Take a friend or guide who knows the area and can help you carry your prize out in case it’s too big to handle alone.

6. Always play it safe! Finally, it’s important to always play it on the safe side. Take the proper safety equipment and be sure to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Ready to get started? If you have any questions about shotguns or Decot Sport Glasses, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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