Every hunter needs a checklist

Published 1:13 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2018

If you are going out on a hunting trip, there are several steps that you have to complete in order to make sure that you are prepared for the expedition. Fortunately, all you need to do to make sure that you are ready for the activity is to follow a simple checklist. Consulting a checklist will keep you organized so that you do not forget about any of the important things you need to bring or the vital steps that you need to take. They are the perfect tool for making the process of getting ready for each and every trip stress-free. But given the wealth of information available online today, you may be wondering where you should begin your search or which is the best checklist for you.
In any case, there is no need to worry. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has compiled a simple and comprehensive checklist for hunters of all 50 states to use. The steps included in this checklist are designed to help you prepare for your hunting trip without forgetting any important credentials or equipment for hunting. So, if you are ready to start prepping for your hunting trip, print out this checklist before you start packing!

• Obtain a hunting license: States will not allow you to hunt without the proper licensing to do so, and there are various hunting licenses to choose from, all of which vary in their length of validity and the animals which you are allowed to kill.
• Clean your equipment: Guns, scopes, batteries and more should be cleaned before you set out. Hunting clothing should be washed as well.
• Practice your calls: In order to be effective at animal calls and bring the prey towards your position, practice is necessary. Some calls you may want to practice include the snort call and the grunt call.
• Become familiar with rules and regulations: Each state and state-approved site will have its own hunting rules, which you must learn before you begin your trip in order to avoid fines.
• Organize and pack all of your equipment: Be sure to bring everything you will need for the trip, including but not limited to ammunition, weapons, scent attractant, ear and eye protection, scopes, hammer and stakes and stands.
• Prepare the right outfit for your trip: When hunting, you should bring camo gear to blend into the surroundings, which should include a safety vest, long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts, jackets, overalls and a hat.
• Gather other important accessories: While it is always important to bring the necessary clothing and equipment, make sure to gather all of the other accessories that you will need during your hunt, including but not limited to a compass, a cooler, a hunting knife, hand sanitizer, flares and sunscreen.
• Pack food for your trip: Chances are you’re not going to find a restaurant out in the wilderness, so be sure to bring all of the eating essentials, such as water, nutrition bars, freeze-dried meals, energy gel and more.

From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources