10 do's and don'ts of Backcountry Hunting


#1. DO sight in your rifle as close as you can to the conditions that you're hunting. A large increase or decrease in temperature can affect your rifle scopes zero.

#1. Don't ever take shots out of your comfort zone that you have practiced at the range and always set your shot

#2. DO spend as much as you can on quality optics, as many times, good clear glass can make all the difference in determining the legality of an animal and can save you a ton of walking.

#2. Don't wait too long after buying new gear to put it to a real world test. If you wait months after buying new boots to put some miles on them and you find a defect , the gear outlet might not accept the return.

#3. Do shop for gear on days there will be specials such as Black Friday or in the opposite season the gear is for. Buy winter gear in summer and summer in winter and save big. Also camofire and Sierra trading post are great sites to find big savings.

#3. Don't buy new boots right before a big trip. It will pay dividends to put miles on your boots and do a proper break in period before your big trips. I suggest atleast 20 trail miles in a variety of terrain in new boots before planning a big excursion .

#4. Do buy your hunting apparel in a layering type fashion. Layering your clothing will allow you to carry a lighter weight kit of clothing and allow you to more easily regulate your body temperature during your hunt, resulting in a higher level of comfort in adverse conditions.

#4. Don't shop for the heaviest magnification of optics. Shop for the highest quality of glass that fits your particular hunting area. If your hunting moose at 200 yards or less a 2-7 power scope is more than likely all you need. More magnification=more money=more weight.

#5. DO break down your butcher kits in your pack according to what you need for the particular animal that your harvesting. Quite a few big name butcher kits come with far more tools than you'll actually need in the field. Save some weight and trim it down.

#5. Don't expend all your energy on long hunting trips, early in the hunt. If your hunting for 10-15 days and you are constantly putting on long miles and lots of elevation early in the hunt, you will become fatigued and are less likely to be successful and it may affect the overall camp morale. Take time to plan out the day in the mornings and be patient.

#6. DO Always approach your hunting spot down wind and in the cover of the treeline. Every animal in the forest has a better ability to smell than you and most have better eye sight. Give your self an edge by constantly checking the wind and avoid walking out in the open as much as possible.

#6. Don't bring an individual set of clothes for every day in the field. You'll more than likely end up wearing a single set for multiple days and never wear some items. Remember your goal is to harvest an animal not impress it with your fashion sense.

#7. Do hang up moist clothes or even your sleeping bag inside your tent while your gone during the day, if you get any sunshine during the day, the tent will magnify the heat and help dry the clothes or bag out faster.

#7. Don't ever skyline yourself on mountain tops or open ridges, you never know what's on the other side that may see you. This could scare off potential game waiting on the other side, approach hilltops with caution and stay low.

#8. Do Bring a lightweight tarp for multipurpose on your trip from keeping you dry while glassing, creating a spike out shelter or keeping meat clean.

#8. Don't put your tent at the bottom of a hill or in an area that may collect water. Look for signs of water drainage and make sure the ground is able to properly anchor your tent down in the case of high winds or rain.

#9. Do Always use the same grain and ammunition type that you zerod your rifle with. It seems like it would be common knowledge but you would be surprised at home many hunters use a variety of cartridges in their rifles when they hunt different game or what's on sale but never check how their zero has changed.

#9. Don't ever leave camp or your hunting party without clear communication of where you are going and when you will be back. Create a plan and work the plan. If you are injured in the field, your partners may be your only chance for survival.

#10. DO . Always leave camp with some basic survival essentials. No-one ever intends to get lost in the field or injured and if you carry some very basic things like fire starter , marker tape or a gps you may never have to experience this.

#10. Don't ever stop looking. You will never know when your big buck or trophy ram will walk out from behind his cover, stay alert and stay vigilant, there is no planned time to shoot an animal in the wild and you never know when just a short distance away might be the one your looking for.


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