Have a complete FirstAid kit and Personal Survival Kit (PSK) and know how to use them. Above all, don't become over confident in your abilities in the backcountry. That false confidence can lead to unnecessary risks and get you into life-threatening trouble. Always be calculated, cautious and methodical.
Eastmans' Hunting Journals
Stop, take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings. Sometimes you get so focused on trying to kill something you don't think to enjoy everything that is happening and what your seeing.
Last edited by Don K; 02-11-2014 at 04:45 PM.
Know just this one hunt can start an obsession. You will wake up in the dead of night thinking about a deer you had a missed opportunity at and lay awake until the sun rises. Suddenly your free time will be consumed with scouting, researching and training to help even your odds next year. Your bank account will feel the affects of your licenses and tag fees in multiple states and the best gear you can buy. Your Facebook friend list will grow exponentially with people all over the west coast who share the same passion as you do. While driving down the highway, your eyes will constantly be looking at the mountain you are passing and wondering if that basin holds deer.
Very good advice already mentioned. I thought I was really prepared my first trips in the mountains, I wasn't.
I will add:
Don't forget chapstick. My lips will crack and bleed in about 2 days without it.
Keep your scope covered. I didn't on my first time out in some crappy weather; and a 330" bull taught me a hard lesson that day.
Take your time.
Take your time glassing, walking, shooting, stalking... pretty much everything. I rushed so much my first year I ended up doing more harm than good. Slow is smooth, smooth is quiet, quiet is good.
Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
Genesis 27:3 (NKJV)
I agree with tdcour, go easy the first couple days. It will save your body, and reduce the chance of blowing every animal out of the area.
Live to hunt, hunt to live.
Never, ever leave your truck or camp without a means to survive in the back country. By this I mean your back or fanny pack with a map, compass, GPS, a knife, a means to start a fire, water and a water purifier system, food of some sort, a space blanket or tarp for shelter and rain gear. Over the years, I have come across four individuals that "were turned around" and two of them were at or near panic state. None of the four had anything but what they wore when they left to go hunt. All four were totally lost with no idea where they were. None were prepared to spend a cold night or more in the mountains. One guy did have a lighter so he might have been able to start a fire. Be prepared when you go out to hunt and it will be a very rewarding experience.
Make a friend who lives there....tag along with them!
I hunt because......
Some great points.
Take your time and don't rush is great advice. Some of the country out here is dangerous. One slip and you could fall a long distance and if you're alone and you break something your screwed. Take a good day pack stocked like trkytrack recommends. Extra batteries for your headlight.
Good solid boots with high quality socks and liners. Make sure the boots are broken in well.