To be a seasoned hunter, you need to be familiar with these 5 gears which are: camouflage-clothing, quality rangefinders, your trustworthy GPS, a trail camera and binoculars. If you can utilize these gears efficiently, you can enhance your hunting experience. Therefore, in this portion of this comprehensive hunting guide, I would like to share some information about these gears.
Your hunting clothes must include the colour orange with the camouflage pattern for safety purposes. This is because deer cannot distinguish the colour orange, and your fellow hunters can! Orange is easy to detect by the other hunters so that can tell that you are one of them. Make sure to check the state regulations on how much orange exactly you need to wear.
Furthermore, be prepared to spend hours walking and sitting around waiting. Hence, it is important to choose suitable clothing material to prepare for any changes in the weather. For example, material that blocks the wind and help with insulation when cold and allow you to remove layers if you start feeling hot. You also want to note that loud rustling materials are a big no go because you do not want to scare away game – in this case, the deer!
Human odor may also alarm the deer and scare it away. Hence, a good tip is to keep your hunting clothes with leaves and other dirt on the way to the hunting scene so that when you put it on, there will be natural scents that overpower your human scent. Another good tip is to apply scent control or an odor eliminator on your hunting clothes and hair to prevent game from detecting you.
A rangefinder is a standard tool that all good hunters invest in these days. It is a gadget that can make your hunt easier. It provides you information on the distance between you and your target which improves your aim to make a clean shot. You can also use it to strategically plan your hunting location.
A laser beam is sent out to bounce off the target and back to you when you press the button. When this happens, the rangefinder operates its measurement internally to give you an accurate distance. Bow hunting rangefinders have a maximum range of approximately 800 yards while rifle hunting rangefinders have a range of approximately 600 to 1300 yards.
This tool is also designed vertically which means that it is convenient to pack and pull out. It can also be carried on a lanyard around your neck or placed in a case attached to your belt. This is helpful especially when you do not want to worry about another piece of equipment to carry around.
Many people who have spent a significant time out in the wild have experienced that heart-sinking moment where they wonder where exactly they are. A handheld GPS with detailed mapping is a necessity for navigation to avoid experiencing such a dreadful situation while hunting. A GPS will provide you the information you need about where you have been, where you are and where you want to go next.
When hunting deer, the deer sometimes travels a long way after it is shot before it takes a final fall. When this happens, it may be difficult to follow the blood trail to get to your prey – especially when it is dark. Sometimes, the blood trail may not even be consistent. Here is where your GPS comes in handy. You can use it to mark the last sign of the blood trail to use it as a reference point to create a line-of-travel. When you finally locate your deer, you will be able to get back to the exit point easily.
One thing you should consider when choosing your GPS is the screen of the GPS. Though it is helpful to have a larger screen size, the size of the GPS unit will be larger as well. This means that it will be heavier too. You should also decide on your interface preference – whether you would like to get a touch screen or not. If your hunt is during winter, you may want to consider using a handheld GPS that has buttons because a touch screen will not be efficient to work with while using gloves.
Some GPS units also offer special features such as the barometer. A GPS with the barometer feature gives a more accurate reading of the altitude compared to without the barometer feature. This is because it is faster in reacting to the altitude changes in the surroundings. You will also be able to gauge weather trends with this feature. You can decide on the best GPS for you by finding out more about the other features that come with different GPS units.
4. Trail camera
A trail camera, also known as game camera, is designed to assist you in capturing your target’s picture and location when you are not present. It usually has a detection range of 15 to 30 yards. Once you have installed your trail camera, it will sense movement and activate the trigger on its own to collect useful data for your hunt. Trail cameras are usually hung on trees.
You should judge a trail camera based on its trigger time, recovery time and detection zone. You will want to get a trail camera that has shorter trigger and recovery time and a wider detection zone. The trigger time is the amount of time from when the camera first senses motion until it captures the photo. The recovery time is how much time the camera takes to store the first photo and get ready for the second photo. The detection zone is the amount of area the camera can detect motion to capture a photo. A good way for you to judge the picture quality from a trail camera is to have a look at sample photos with different trail camera reviews.
To use your trail camera effectively, you will need to choose a good spot to place it so that you can get good data on the deer. Common areas to place it will be areas with food, water and cover. It is recommendable to place your cameras in different spots each year so that the deer will not detect human activity.
It is also advisable against making many trips to the woods to manage your camera. This is to prevent deer from realizing that they are being watched. You should take advantage of the periods of off-peak deer activity to visit your trail cameras. Avoid setting up or checking your cameras on humid and rainy days because the conditions can cause human scent to linger which may chase away the deer.
Binoculars are a popular sighting tool, especially in hunting. They provide a larger image of the reasonably distant prey and other objects by magnifying it through the lenses. You can use your binoculars to scout around and analyse the routes and terrain around you. This will help you learn about the area, especially as a beginner.
You should get full-size binoculars for all-round deer hunting and scouting. These are typically between 5 to 8 inches tall with a weight of 18 to 30 ounces. If most of your hunting is done in a stationary position, the larger models could work even though they are heavier. However, if you are a going to do more active hunting, you should get a smaller and lighter pair. The good thing is that a good pair of binoculars can be bought at an affordable price.
One great tip to spot deer using your binoculars is to look out for horizontal lines. Trees and grass grow vertically but deer will stand out against those lines. Once you get used to it, it will be easier to spot them.
Be patient and take your time to purchase good-quality gear. These gears are necessary to help you hunt effectively and they help ensure that you hunt safely. I have not covered safety harness and a tree stand, but I would like to highlight that those are important gears if you want to hunt from a longer distance away from the animals.
If you learn up the necessary skills and get quality gear, you are prepared to step into the woods.