Camping and hunting are two of the best outdoor activities you can enjoy. It can be exciting, and at the same time, it can be frustrating. You may not always end up going home with a catch, especially if you do not prepare for the trip.
If you are planning to hunt and camp, keep on reading. We’ll share some things that you should do and not do. It is important that you observe proper etiquette for a more enjoyable experience while also being responsible.
1. Secure a Permit
One of the most important is to secure a permit before you go. Do your research before the trip. In most cases, you will need to secure a permit, especially if the camping involves hunting for animals in the wild, such as deer. You might also need to settle a certain amount as payment, but this isn’t always the case.
2. Know the Rules
There are many instances where you will not be allowed to hunt, and hence, there is no permit that will be issued. This is especially the case if you are in a crowded or public space. Regardless of the hunting tool that you are using, this can pose a serious danger to other campers. A lot of the camp or hunting grounds will have a website where they will publish a set of rules. Follow every rule!
3. Respect the Landowners
When you are camping in private lands, talk to the landowners. Often, they will give you some rules and restrictions. Do as they say. They are the ones who own the land, so accept the fact that they have the right to regulate any activity that happens within their property. Most of the time, they will impose restricted areas, so make sure that you don’t go beyond the location where you are allowed to hunt.
4. Keep the Noise Down
As with regular camping, keep the noise at a minimum. This is one of the most basic ways to show respect, especially when there are other campers. While it might seem enjoyable to blast loud music, before you do so, look around, and make sure that no one will complain, especially at night.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Target
Fix your eyes on the target. Especially if you are using hunting guns, look at the direction of where the animal is. Do not shoot at homes or vehicles. You’ll never know where your bullets will land. You might end up hurting humans and not animals, which will turn into a nightmare. Speaking of keeping an eye on your target, this also means that you cannot just shoot any animal that you find in the woods, especially if there are restrictions on what you should and should not hunt.
6. Pack the Right Gear
As you head out on a camp hunt adventure, pack all the things that you will need. Your hunting tools, including guns, will be the most important. However, you should not also forget your camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, and cookware. It can be frustrating to not have a good place to sleep before or after your hunt, so see to it that you have everything that you will need for setting up a temporary shelter.
7. Maintain Distance
If you are a seasoned hunter, this is one thing that you are most probably already aware of. If you are a newbie, on the other hand, this is one protocol that you need to observe. When someone is already eyeing the target, do not compete. Find yourself another target. Do not crowd a hunter who has already marked his or her spot. Most hunting spots operate on a first-come first-served basis by principle. So, if you see that there is already someone in a specific spot, move on and find another place.
8. Do Not Dump the Carcass
One of the most important things to learn is that you should never dump animal carcasses irresponsibly, especially in bodies of water. It is littering and considered a criminal offense. If you get caught, you will be facing a violation, which can also mean paying a hefty fine. You should not leave it in the open to scavengers. Instead, you need to bag it and dispose of responsibly.
9. Handle Your Alcohol
While you can drink in the campsite, make sure that you do it responsibly. This is no place to get drunk, especially if it is a hunting trip. You need to stay sober, which is also important for your safety. A few drinks won’t hurt, but you should know your limits. You might end up being loud and rowdy when you have a lot to drink, and you can be a headache to other people in the hunting or camping grounds.
10. Be Discrete
This rule applies when you are transporting an animal that you have just hunted. We get it. You are proud of your catch. However, you should not brag it around. We have seen a lot of novice hunters who leave animals in their pick-up truck, trying to be a show-off. Do not be that person! You should cover the animal with a tarp during transport.
11. Take Only What You Need
In many places, there will be a bag limit. The rules will dictate how many you can hunt and take home legally. Observe this limit at all times. Also, you do not have to maximize the limit to have a rewarding experience. Do not take more than what you need. In most instances, one animal should be more than enough. It can already give you a fulfilling experience. Give chance to other hunters. Practice restraint as a part of being a responsible hunter.
12. Clean As You Go
This is one thing that you should not be reminded of. CLAYGO or clean as you go is one of the basic principles of camping, regardless of you are hunting or not. This means that you should leave the campsite as it is when you arrived, or better than its initial condition. Proper waste disposal is a must. Especially when you are camping near bodies of water, do not throw trash irresponsibly. This can contaminate the water supply and will affect those who are living nearby.
That’s it, folks. You aren’t all set for the camping and hunting trip if you do not know the things mentioned above. Don’t be rude. Be responsible!