In The Wilderness

Unlike other sports that take place on well-groomed fields or indoor courts, hunting is a sport that calls for participants to practice in the wild, the most unruly, unpredictable course there is. In fact, when they prepare to go on a hunt, hunters have to be ready to battle two unknown forces: the environment and the nature of the animal being hunted.

To ensure that a hunting trip will go as successful as possible, hunters must be sure to plan out as much of their trip as they can before embarking on it. This means that they have to decide a few factors up front, including:

  • the length of the trip
  • the number of people going
  • the type of game they will be hunting
  • the type of weapons they will be using.

While the length of the trip and the people going will determine how many supplies the hunters will have to bring, the type of game and the weapons will dictate where the group will be going to hunt.

Other aspects of the hunting trip that hunters need to also plan for include:

  • food/snacks and water
  • hunting licenses (People aren?t allowed to hunt in certain areas without a hunting license.)
  • the weather (i.e. Possible rain and/or snow will mean that the hunters will need heavier gear, rain slickers, etc.).

In this section, we will outline some of the factors you need to plan for when going on a hunting trip. Our informative articles will help you appropriately map out your next hunting trip to help make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Planning a Hunting Trip

When it comes to planning a hunting trip, the coordinator of the trip (or each member of a small group going) will need to figure out a few parameters first before active planning can begin. Along with the length of the trip, the type of game being hunted will dictate the nature of the trip. Similarly, hunters planning a trip will need to decide where they want to go to hunt a particular animal.

By deciding on the above factors beforehand, hunters will be able to get the equipment, licenses and weapons they need for a successful trip. For example, two hunters going on a day trip to hunt duck will need far less equipment than four hunters going on a week-long trip to hunt deer.

Another aspect to plan for is how hunters will ultimately bring home their game. If you are getting ready to go hunting, take a look first at these tips for planning a hunting trip to ensure that you have covered all of your bases.

Camping Clubs

A camping club is an organization that gives its participants automatic discounts at select camp and/or RV grounds within a given area. While avid campers or those driving an RV cross-country are ideal members for camping clubs, so too are hunting enthusiasts who frequently camp to practice their sport.

As with any other club, camping clubs charge their members “”dues,”” which are basically membership fees that entitle the members to enjoy their discounts at the selected locations. While the exact cost of a camping club membership will depend on the organization with which you affiliate, in general, memberships range in cost from as little as $20 annually to around $50 per month.

Before joining a camping club, be sure to read the fine print, as some clubs may require you to sign contracts or spend a certain amount of time at “”home parks.”” Nevertheless, campers and hunters alike can benefit from joining camping clubs.

Camping Supplies

For hunters planning to spend extended periods of time in the wilderness, planning a camping trip with the appropriate camping supplies will be key. Along with the tent and sleeping bags, hunters will also need to bring the following camping equipment:

  • cups, plates and cutlery
  • first aid kit to tend
  • flashlights and batteries
  • food and water
  • hygiene products, such as toothpaste, toothbrush and soaps
  • sunscreen and bug repellant.

Keep in mind that the above list is by no means extensive. In addition to making sure that you bring the appropriate food and toiletries, you will also need to make sure that your car is adequately equipped with the right camping supplies.

Resources

The Camping Source (n.d.). The Great Big, What to Bring Camp List. Retrieved December 5, 2007 from the Camping Source Web site: http://www.thecampingsource.com/the%20big%20list.htm.