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Whitetail Hunting

Every fall hunters throughout America and Canada live for the opening of deer hunting season. Whether it’s gun or bow, whitetails are in the crosshairs. Thousands of hunters in the US and Canada are hoping to bag the trophy buck. This is not accomplished without being prepared. Part of their preparation begins with knowing the land they are on and knowing the Whitetail deer population in the area. Trophy hunters know there are two very important elements to stalking that 12 point buck. The first is, they are out in the woods every chance they can and secondly, they are always in their stand watching and learning. Every hunter loves the thrill of the chase, the adrenaline rush of trying to bag a trophy buck during their season is what gets us ready for the Rut. It’s not about bragging rights, but the challenge and proving to yourself you can do it. Hunting is a complicated sport, so many variables comes into play. This means that whitetail hunting requires knowledge of these factors and adaptation to them.

Every hunter knows the lung and heart areas are the most vulnerable however, hitting those areas is a different story. Any guided hunter you speak with has their tips on how to get the good shot. Every article you read has tips on gun and bow strategies for hitting the vital shots. Until you are practicing those ideas, they remain one of the hardest places to hit. Some other tips that are helpful is learning how to locate ridgelines and deer trails. You need to learn how they move and where they are likely to feed. If you know they are drawn to corn fields, then you want to find a funnel between two fields to put your stand so you can have a vantage point so you can see them in thick cover. On a guided tour you will find where the ideal locations for finding the perfect buck. One of the best strategies is to locate the watering holes. They must drink water every day, so finding their watering hole increases your chances of home in on plenty of does and bucks.

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Hunting in Texas

Anything you want to know about Hunting in Texas? Here we have the most important facts for you:

In order to pursue the hunting sport in Texas, hunting education is important. This education is compulsory for people born after 2nd September, 1971. The course is offered all over Texas and as the hunt season gets closer, the places fill up quickly. Workshops are also provided for women by TPWD where women can learn how to fish, hunt and learn similar skills in an environment that is supportive.

Game Regulations and Laws

Statewide laws can be found on TPWD’s official website (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department). Different counties might have their own special regulations, so it is always recommended to check out the rules. For instance – in case of feral hog in east, central and south Texas (density in other areas is less), license and the permission of the landowner is necessary to hunt. Hogs can be hunted any time of the year by any method and using any means. In case of doves, however, there are special timings, possession limit and daily bag composition. A thorough knowledge of laws is important.

Getting a License

In order to hunt legally, a license is necessary. Sometimes, the animal or bird hunted might even require special stamp endorsements. Upwards of 1600 agents sell fishing and hunt licenses all over the state. The license can also be purchased online through the official website of TPWD.

Practicing

Before the actual hunt, it is important to become a good shooter. For this purpose, there are various target and rifle ranges all over the state. It is also recommended to buy the firearm according to what is being hunted.

Finding a Place to Hunt

There are more than 200 private lands, US Forest Service lands, State Parks, Wildlife Areas and other public hunting areas. For walk-in-hunts, an annual permit can be purchased. There are also drawn hunts, youth hunting programs and wildlife refuges.

TPWD offers a simple search engine to find the best location in south Texas and the rest of the state to hunt. The hunting regulations should be followed by everyone to keep the hobby fun and safe.

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How to Make a Hunter’s Survival Kit

This is one thing that every hunter should carry with them. Each hunter should have a backpack or fanny pack that carries not only the essentials they need such as ammo or other accessories but also survival equipment. We all hope that all of our hunting trips are safe but there are some things that happen that we have no control of. We need to be prepared when some of the situations arrive. Some of the things we need to carry with us in a survival kit could make a difference in life or death. Take the time and gather some of these things that are not expensive but can be lifesaving.

Compass

Most of the hunters today have really high tech GPS systems on their phones and are equipped with handheld GPS systems. These are great to have on hand and are easy to use. What would happen if you do not have service or your system is losing power? Man has used a compass to navigate for a long time. Be sure to include a simple compass in your kit so you will know which direction you are traveling. The North and South Pole have been in the same place for centuries.

Knives and flashlights

Be sure to include these to essentials in your kit. You will need your flashlight to help you get around if you are caught in the woods after dark. Make sure you have fresh batteries in your flashlight and pack an extra set of batteries just in case. Make sure you have a sharp knife on hand. Every hunter should have a knife with them so they will be able to field dress game and also to have on hand to help cut branches for things such as a fire or shelter.

Waterproof matches and survival blanket

These two object may not seem like much but if you are lost and nighttime falls you will be glad you have them with you for a warming fire and shelter for the night. Most of your hunting is done during the winter months. Be sure to have a pair of gloves and a knit cap for your head to help hold your body heat.

Trail mix and water

These will not cure hunger but they will help you to keep your strength up if you are in a situation where you have to spend the night in the woods. You can also pack water purification tablets with you so you can purify any other water source that is available to you. Candy bars will also help you to keep your strength up as well as keeping you from being hungry.

Cellphones or two way radios

Communication is essential for every hunter. Most hunters today use two way radios. Each hunter in your group can carry one of these radios in the case of an emergency or if they need help in some manner. These radios have the capability to change the channels so that each hunter can be on the same channel. The two way radio is the better option of the two because you are not always guaranteed to have cell phone service. Always stay in touch with your hunting party

These are just a few suggestions to help you create a survival pack that every hunter should pack with them. No matter when or where your hunt is we have no control over every situation. Your survival is the most important option you have.

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