September 12th, 2022
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Resources for Hunters — Safety, Where-To-Hunt, Best Books
Hunting Season has already started in some states, and is right around the corner in other locations. For readers who plan to hunt game this fall, we recommend you brush up on hunter safety and learn the laws in your jurisdiction. Here are some helpful resources for hunters: Safety Tips, Hunter Education, License Requirements, and Where-to-Hunt interactive map. Top photo courtesy Horn Fork Guides, Ltd., in Colorado.
Hunter Safety Tips
NRAFamily.org has a good article listing seven salient safety tips for hunters. Anyone preparing for a fall hunt should read this article before heading into the field. Here are three key bits of advice:
1. Be Positive of Your Target before Shooting
This might sound overly simplistic, but the fact remains that, every year during whitetail season, farmers everywhere are forced to spray-paint their cattle or risk having them “harvested” by hunters who don’t bother confirming the species of the large ungulate in their sights. Why does this happen? The most likely explanation is “buck fever,” meaning that the hunter wants so badly to see a nice big buck that sometimes his eyes deceive him into thinking that there’s one there. When in doubt, don’t shoot.
2. Scopes Are Not Binoculars
Never use a riflescope as a substitute for binoculars. The temptation to do so is real, but when one does this, one is by definition pointing the muzzle of the gun at unknown targets.
3. Know When to Unload
When finished hunting, unload your firearm before returning to camp. You should also unload your gun before attempting to climb a steep bank or travel across slippery ground.
There’s a great online resource for hunters that will help you find game locations in your state and ensure you have all the proper permits and game tags. WheretoHunt.org features an interactive map of the country. For all 50 states, the NSSF has compiled information about hunting license and permits, where to hunt, hunter education classes, laws and regulations and more. For each state you’ll also find a link for required applications and license forms.
Click Map to Get State-by-State Hunting INFO
Hunting Affiliation Groups
There are many good organizations dedicated to promoting hunting and preserving our hunting habitats. These groups all offer valuable information for hunters:
Mule Deer Foundation
National Wild Turkey Federation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Safari Club International
Recommended Books about Hunting
There’s no shortage of hunting-related reading material by talented authors. Here are some of the best books written about hunting:
Hemingway on Hunting by Ernest Hemingway
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Meditations on Hunting by Jose Ortega y Gasset
It’s Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It by Bill Heavey
The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food by Jackson Landers
Whitetail Nation: My Season in Pursuit of the Monster Buck by Peter Bodo
Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting by Jim Posewitz
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