How To Start Hunting – An Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Hunting is one of the most popular outdoor activities in America with thousands of new hunters taking part in the game every year. This activity can offer you a lot of health benefits as well as enhancing your life surviving skills. It also contributes to the population control of some animals. Although hunting is fun and enjoyable, it can be quite dangerous if you don’t do it properly and safely. If you are a new hunter, there are some essential things that you need to know about how to start hunting. Therefore, you can have the best experience as well as a result after your first hunting session.

Here are some of the things you should know on how to start hunting

Decide Your Preferred Game

First of all, you need to choose the type of animal that you want to hunt before deciding on anything else. There are two types of games based on your sizes which are a small game and big game. Small game animals include squirrels, rabbit, pheasant, and birds. On the other hand, big game animals include deer, bear or elk.

Knowing exactly what you are aiming at will help you choose the right hunting tools and research for the right hunting tactics. Also, you will be able to pick up the location where your preferred targets normally live and feed.

Research Effective Hunting Tools

After knowing what you like to hunt, you can go further on researching about the most effective weapon you can use. There are a lot of choices for you such as bow and arrow, shotgun and rifle.

In these tools, there are also a lot of different brands, models with different features for you to choose from. Make sure you choose a weapon tool that is effective in hunting down the game you want to hunt. Also, it also should match your skills of hunting as well.

You can ask other hunters to lend you their gun and try to see whether it is suitable for you. This is very important before you spend a great deal of money on a new gun.

Research Effective Hunting Tools

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Have A Hunter’s Safety Course

You can search online for a course near you. You would need a license, and in some states, the authorities would ask for your certification before granting you a license.

And although you don’t need a certification, knowing about how to hunt and use your hunting weapon safely helps you and other hunters a lot.

Buy A License

There are various forms of licenses so make sure you research carefully about what type of licenses you are getting before buying anything. For example, a standard license can grant you the permit to hunt nuisance and small game. You would need to purchase an additional license to hunt big game.

Nevertheless, you don’t need to buy a license to hunt some animals as long as you follow the local and state’s laws and regulation. Some of them are coyotes, feral hogs, and sika deer.

Know About Local And State Laws And Regulation

If you don’t have any proper knowledge about the local and state laws and regulations regarding hunting in the areas you are going to. These laws and regulations can be easily found in the state’s official website of fish and wildlife.

There are many differences among different states with these laws and regulations. The game and weapon which are acceptable in one area might not be acceptable in other areas. Hence, make sure you always check the regulations of the place you are going hunting for the first time.

Know About “Bag Limit”

Bag limit represents the highest number of a specific animal you can hunt for a day or a season. When you go hunting for big game, the bag limit will be enforced with the use of tags.

When you search for the laws and regulation of a specific locale, make sure you know about that place’s bag limit.

Talk To Some Experienced Hunters

If you know any hunter, you should ask him or her for some advice about hunting and their own experience.

You can also ask them to go on a hunting trip with you.

Talk To Some Experienced Hunters

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Prepare Emergency Supplies

When you go hunting, it is not enough just to prepare your hunting tools. You should also prepare a kit of emergency supplies and medical supplies in case accidents happen.

The things that you need to have should include any light source, signaling device, map, and compass a well as first aid kid.

Before you go on a hunting trip, you should have a checklist of what you need to bring to prevent from forgetting anything.

Have A Lot Of Shooting Practices

Before you start hunting, it is crucial that you can handle your weapon without any trouble. Hence, learn how to shoot and practice shooting multiple times before you set your foot on your hunting trip.

Knowing how to will help you build more confidence, prevent any regretting accidents. Besides, if the humane kill is your utmost concern, practice shooting is what you shouldn’t miss before you start hunting.

Think About Your Hunting Tactics

Before you go hunting, it is essential that you think about the tactics and strategies that you are going to use against your target animal. Hunting for different animals will need you to have different tactics. For example, if you go deer hunting, it is most effective when you stalk or hide in a tree stand.

You can also use hounds to hunt deer and drive them out from their hiding places. On the other hand, with some small games like rabbits, you can use beagles. With these beagles,  you can track down those rabbits and drive them out of their hiding places.

When you can choose the right hunting tactics, your hunting experience will be much more enjoyable. Therefore, you can increase your chance of success a great deal.

Hunting Tactics

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Check The Place Where You Go Hunting

Finally, before you go hunting, remember to you check the weather carefully and familiarize yourself with the terrain. When you know the area thoroughly, you would be able to track down the animal.

Take note of any danger and hazard that might occur to you.

Also always check the weather before you go to prepare the most suitable clothes and hunting equipment for the trip.


That is all of the essential things that you should know to start hunting effectively. I hope that these tips are easy to follow and you would be able to have a lot of successful hunting trips in the future.