You love hunting with your boyfriend or husband, your dad, or the guy that’s been your best friend since 1st grade. But...
...if you’ve never been hunting without a guy by your side, it’s time to cut the cord at least ONCE! You know what you’re doing, and even if you don’t feel totally confident right now, planning to hunt on your own will push you to figure it out.
We can all appreciate a guy that wants to help. However, sometimes, because the guy is afraid to see you fail, he takes over when you need to be learning by doing. Get out on your own for one or two hunts this fall to reach a new level of self-reliance.
Learn where to scout hunting spots
You get to decide where to look for deer and where to set up your blind or stand. Also, if you decide last minute you want to go to that other spot, there’s no one to tell you no. As long as you update someone with your plan, you can go wherever you want. For your first solo hunt, you’ll want to go places you know fairly well. However, if you decide to explore a new area, you'll develop or fine tune your scouting skills to discover new spots.
Learn new skills
You always want to be improving. When you go it alone, it’s up to you and only you to get the job done. Planning a solo trip will motivate you to plan specifics, ask other hunters questions, watch skills videos, read recommendations, and practice. And don’t forget the first aid, including wilderness first aid courses.
Try new gear
In order to be fully self-reliant, you’ll have to have to borrow or buy all the gear needed to pull off a hunt alone. Maybe you have to buy a blind or a deer stand. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get that perfect pack for hauling out a harvest. So, whether you’ll be dressing a bird or gutting a deer, you’ll be particularly proud of your solo kill.
Open your eyes and ears
You’d be surprised to learn how distracted you are by even just one other person. Heading into the woods alone means your eyes and ears will be focused on the task at hand, not where someone else is or what they are doing. Maybe you'll notice a deer trail you hadn’t seen before or you'll take time to watch a Belted Kingfisher swoop over a stream. Whatever it is, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these new experiences.
Do things on your own schedule
When you hunt on your own, you don’t have to worry about someone else’s work schedule. Sure, you might have to coordinate with the babysitter or your significant other, but you’re calling all the shots.
Clear your mind
Sometimes, you just need to get away from people. And responsibilities. And demands. And everything. So get your ass into the woods and do your favorite things.
Tell us about your first solo hunt on Facebook!One last note: You should always take precautions to be safe when heading into the field. Tell someone your trip plan and when to start worrying if you’re not back by a certain time. Be sure to do all the things you normally to do stay safe, too like bringing your first-aid kit, map and compass, bear spray, etc.
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