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(Dec. 10, 2019) — Most often sons and daughters learn about hunting from their fathers. However, if you are an adult whose family is not into the whole hunting culture, you may be wondering whether this sport is for you. Not to worry; it is never too late to learn to hunt. This sport is both for younger and older generations, and even if you haven’t started out when you were younger, it doesn’t mean you cannot start now. Of course, as with any sport, there are some steps you will need to take and some rules you will need to follow. If you are a complete hunting rookie, here are some things you need to keep in mind.

Figure out what type of hunter you wish to be

Did you know that there are numerous types of hunting, especially in the United States? Saying that you want to be a hunter is like saying you want to play sports; it is completely vague. Before becoming a hunter you have to sit down and decide what type you want to be. Do you want to hunt feathered creatures such as spring turkeys and quails, or are predators such as foxes and cougars more your cup of tea?

Get a certification

Regardless of what type of hunting you plan on doing, you will definitely need a safety certification. This is a part that you should definitely not skip, because you will learn about conducting a legal and ethical hunt, about hunting seasons and restrictions. During the course you will see that hunting is much more complicated than just grabbing a gun and shooting at animals. You will also have the opportunity to make new friends who share your interests, which can come in handy later on.

Buy the gear and practice

When you are buying hunting equipment for the first time, make sure you get quality items. If you are wondering about the gear you will need, you can find out more here. Of course, the better you are in the field, the less equipment you will need. Therefore, get out on the field and practice, practice, practice.

Go outside!

You may spend months with your nose stuck in a book, but all those tips, articles and even YouTube tutorials will only get you so far. If you want to learn more about wildlife, you need to go outside and study animals in their natural habitat. The best way to do it is to go somewhere where hunting is not allowed, but camping is. For example, you can visit state parks and see evidence of deer behavior. Here you can learn to stalk the animals and move without alarming them. You can practice these skills all year-round, so don’t limit yourself to just hunting season.

Keep things interesting

Maybe now hunting seems like the most thrilling thing in the world, but after a few seasons when you have settled into a routine you will see that your enthusiasm and sense of adventure are starting to fade. When this happens, you can change the scenery and find a new hunting ground, or hunt for new species. When you combine learning with new locations you haven’t explored yet, you simply cannot stop enjoying the outdoors.

Find a hunting buddy

The quickest way to learn to hunt is to observe someone who is already good at it. By watching their moves and behavior, you will see what you should do, and what you definitely shouldn’t. Teaming up with an experienced hunter can help you learn all those nifty tricks you would otherwise spend years figuring out. Therefore, find people who are into the same type of hunting as you, and ask to go with them sometime. Most hunters won’t have anything against it; just make sure you are well-prepared so you don’t ruin their trip.

Just as with any other sport, you will need a lot of practice until you actually become good at it, so arm yourself with patience, educate yourself and your hard work will eventually pay off.

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