Hunting Companions

Regardless of the length of a hunting trip, a hunter is likely to bring along a companion to not only help him during the hunt but to also keep him company while he is in the wilderness. In fact, hunting trips can serve as ideal opportunities to bond with friends and family. Whether you are planning a hunting trip with co-workers, in-laws or children, try inviting some new companions along for your next hunting trip to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

One thing to keep in mind as you are assembling a hunting group is the experience that each member has with hunting, hunting equipment and camping. As you are planning a hunting trip, be sure to ask each member of the group the following questions:

  • Do you have a hunting license?
  • Do you have any first aid knowledge?
  • Have you ever hunted before?
  • If you have hunted before, what types of game have you primarily hunted?
  • What types of weapons (i.e. guns, knives, bows or traps) are you more or less familiar with using?

Knowing the answers to these questions before embarking on a hunt will help you adequately plan a safe trip. For example, making sure that all hunters have a hunting license before you embark into the wilderness is key to being compliant with hunting laws and regulations.

In this section, we will highlight the various types of companions you can bring with you on a hunt. Our articles will layout how different companions will affect the atmosphere of and necessary planning for a hunting trip so that you know exactly what to expect!

Hunting Dogs

Dogs make wonderful companions on hunting trips due to their agility and heightened sensory perception. Although different breeds of dogs are better suited for specific types of hunting, the following dog breeds are generally considered to good hunting dogs:

  • Basset Hounds
  • Beagles
  • English Cocker Spaniels
  • Foxhounds
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labrador Retrievers.

While a number of other dog breeds are also effective companions for hunters, any dog can be a “”good hunting dog”” as long as he or she:

  • can swim
  • has a good sense of smell and/or sight
  • is agile and can run quickly
  • practices good behavior.

Keep in mind that you will likely need to get a special state-issued license or permit to bring hunting dogs along on a hunt.

Kids and Spouses

Going out into the wilderness to hunt can offer families time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to spend some much-needed time together. In fact, taking your spouse and children on your next hunting trip may help you forge stronger bonds with them. Similarly, planning a family-oriented hunting trip will give your loved ones a picture how fun this sport can be.

However, if you plan on bringing your family hunting, be sure that everyone understands the rules of hunting safety first. For example, talk to your children and spouse about weapon safety. You may even want to get everyone in your party a bright orange safety vest to ensure that no other hunters mistake them for game.

Depending on the hunting experience of the other members of your hunting trip, you may even consider only bringing kids and spouses out for day hunts on small game.

Fellow Hunters

Without a doubt, hunting is widely considered to be a man”s sport during which men have time to bond and get in touch with their primitive sides. As such, hunting trips that only include experienced hunters (or hunters that have the same level of experience) can be a good way for men to improve their hunting skills while they get away from their daily stresses.

In fact, going on a hunt with fellow hunters can help you learn to use new hunting equipment, work with hunting dogs and even target new types of game. If you are looking to go on a hunt with like or more experienced hunters, check sporting goods stores or online communities for opportunities to go hunting with fellow hunters.

Resources

Ezine (n.d.). Safe Hunting Guidelines. Retrieved December 5, 2007 from the Ezine Web site: http://ezinearticles.com/?Safe-Hunting-Guidelines—
Keep-Safe-This-Season&id=309824.