PLANNING YOUR OWN HUNT
Planning for your trip or hunt is an essential part of the process, most hunters and hikers come into danger through poor planning and a lack of education. At Adventure Hunting we can guide our hunters through this process to prepare you for future hunting trips. Here you will find some helpful tips and things to consider when planning your hunt.
THERE ARE 5 ESSENTIAL POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN GOING HUNTING:
- Plan your trip
- Tell someone your plans, and when you plan to return
- Be aware of the weather forecast, and always prepare for the worst
- Know your limits
- Take sufficient supplies
WHAT TO PACK
- A comfortable bag/pack – If you take an animal, load it carefully onto your shoulders and take your time
- A liner for your pack to keep your gear dry
- A map of the area, a compass and the ability to use them efficiently
- Mobile phones can have poor signal in most hunting locations, so a communication device and/or PLB (Personal Locating Beacon) is essential
- A basic survival kit
- A first aid kit including any personal medication required
- Bright coloured vest/clothing to ensure visibility to other hunters
- Plenty of food and water – it is safest to prepare for an extra day/night just in case
- Torch/head torch – even if you don’t plan to be out that late, a late shoot can often lead to walking back with it in the dark
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR GROUP
- You and your group must be in good physical condition to ensure you can handle the firearm, manage the terrain, make smart and clear decisions and most importantly make it home again. Do you all feel capable? If you are unwell or injured or just tired, play it safe and wait for another time.
- Do you know how to safely cross rivers and difficult terrain? It is best to train and educate yourself mentally and physically to prepare for challenging situations until you feel comfortable. Chasing a target can lead to unpredictable terrain, it is safest to be as prepared as possible.
- Are you with a safe group?
- Make sure everyone in your group is medically and mentally up for the task – eyesight, hearing, fitness etc.
- They can safely and legally operate a firearm
- They are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- You all know what to do in an emergency
- You can all understand who is shooting and when