Hunting and Outdoors

5 Tips to Prepare for Deer Hunting Season

Hunter posed with whitetail buck and Knight muzzleloader.

Deer hunting season is around the corner in most states; now is the time to start getting ready with your firearms preparation, hunter education certification, hunting license and other hunting essentials.

Hunter shooting Winchester PowerMax ammo from bench.
It does not matter how well it shot last season. Be sure to check your sights just before season.

Here is a five-step checklist to prepare you for deer hunting season.

  1. Check the regulations Now is the time to review the hunting regulations for the upcoming season. Even though you are an experienced hunter, check the regulations since they can change year-to-year. You don’t want a visit by the Game Warden that turns your annual deer hunt into a bad experience. Visit your state game & fish agency website for the latest regulations or call and have them send you a copy.
  2. Buy your hunting license, and take hunter education (if necessary) Beat the rush and buy your license now. This way you are not scrambling at the last-minute as you do final preparations for that week in the woods. Also, if you have a new hunter, be aware that hunter education certification will be necessary for purchase of that first hunting license. A new hunter can now be trained online so it saves everyone time with added convenience of taking the course from your home. Kalkomey or IHEA offer great low-cost options.
  3. Clean and check your equipment I am sure you probably cleaned your rifle after your last hunt. However, you should get all your equipment out and make sure it is working properly and that it was cleaned and in good condition. This equipment check will ensure safe, sure operation when you have that big whitetail buck in your sights. You should also look at your ammunition supply. Many common calibers are in short supply so don’t wait till the day before, or day of the hunt, to make sure you have ample cartridges.
  4. Sight in your rifle Though your rifle was right on target last season when you brought home that big whitetail deer, don’t assume it is set for this year. You may have bumped the scope, or moisture during storage may have cause a change in scope position. Head out and throw some lead down-range. Make sure you are still on-target. Besides, it’s fun and a good way to spend a Saturday.
  5. Scout the property It is never too early to start scouting. It is a great way to spend a summer day outdoors and allows you to start understanding the deer patterns and habits so you are situated in the best possible spot for opening day. It also wouldn’t hurt to get your blind out early so the deer get used to it. Last minute set-up in the field will not help you. Go for success and prepare early.
Hunter posed with whitetail buck and Knight muzzleloader.
Mentoring a hunter through their Hunter Safety course is a gift the new hunter will remember for life and the best way to ensure the future of our sport.

Deer hunting is the biggest game season in the sport. In some states it starts in July and in others not until October. Preparation is the key to success, so now is the time to check the regulations, get the new hunter prepared with hunter education and clean your guns, buy ammo and sight in that rifle or bow.

Have fun, and be safe!

Do you have a tip for deer hunting season? Share it with us in the comment section.


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Comments (2)

  1. I think that you spent a lot of time to prepare for this. I found many useful tips and advice here. I love going for hunting and almost every week I go for it. Your guides are meaningful for me to get more benefits. Thanks for your great work!

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