Planning Your Hunt
With our experience of hunting around the world and the understanding of how to prepare yourself for your hunt, we have put together a simple list of items so that you can maximize your enjoyment of this classic sport.
Depending on the location of your hunt be prepared to encounter diverse terrain. Usually, the terrain that provides the most scenic beauty also provides the greatest test of one’s physical abilities. ATVs, horses and 4x4 vehicles may be used to cover some of the rough terrain, but walking and hiking is involved on almost every hunting experience. The hunter who has prepared themselves physically has the edge on scoring a trophy. To make your evenings a time to relax and enjoy your vacation, rather than nursing sore muscles, we suggest you prepare yourself physically for your hunting experience. An exercise program initiated before your hunt will help you considerable while you are on your hunt. Horseback hunters are advised to go riding at least twice shortly before the beginning of your hunting trip and elk and deer hunters are advised especially to undertake a conditioning program well ahead of your hunt.
Shooting Practice & Skills
One of the most important factors to a successful hunt is your ability to shoot well. It is critical to begin your training far in advance of your hunt by carefully practicing sighting in your rifle. We recommend sighting your rifle to zero at 200 yards for all hunts that are expecting long-range shots on game that exceed 200 yards. For hunts with expected shots less than 200 yards, we recommend to zero your rifle at 100 yards. Use the ballistic tables to determine how your cartridge will react at various distances short and long of your zero range. Shoot 5-10 rounds of ammo at distances of 50-350 yards to verify your rifle and ammunition combination as the point of impact may vary slightly from the printed tables, especially considering altitude and temperature variations. Make sure you practice shooting from a sitting, laying down and offhand shooting positions as these represent real-world scenarios.
Remember there are no shooting benches out in the field on your hunt, so make sure you build in time to practice before you get out there. We do encourage the use of Bi-Pods or shooting sticks for long range shooting. If you purchase a Bi-Pod, be sure to get the type that extend far enough to use from a sitting positions. Bi-Pods will not fit in the rifle scabbards used on horseback hunts. Then try shooting from a sitting, laying down and offhand shooting position. Your shooting ability is totally up to you to judge and improve. Lots of practice with good equipment can tip the scale in your favor during your hunt.
Hunting Gear & Equipment Packing List
Click Here for our hunting checklist and recommendations for a typical 4-5 day hunting trip. On more lengthy hunts, add a change of clothing for additional comfort. Special attention should be paid to outerwear. These should be a noiseless as possible so please leave clothing made with nylon material at home. Weather is unpredictable and can range from snow and 0 degrees F up to 70 degrees F, so best to be prepared for anything.