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How To Prepare For The Upcoming Hunting Season

How To Prepare For The Upcoming Hunting Season

The start of the hunting season has arrived. Depending on the state you live in, various species will now be in open season. Even if the animal you are looking to hunt isn’t up yet, or you didn’t ‘draw tags’ for it, it’s important to start preparing now for later game.

Because there are so many different hunting seasons, based on location, there are differences in how you will prepare. Even so, there are some universal things that need to be done before a hunting trip. Whether that trip is for a day or a week, get what you need beforehand.

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Get registered

Hunting can be a dangerous sport when not taken seriously enough. For most people, it is crucial to take a Hunter Safety course to even be able to participate. Although you can complete the course online in some states, there is always an evaluation with an instructor to ensure you have properly learned how to be safe.

After you have taken the proper classes, you must either obtain a license or draw tags to hunt particular animals or birds. You will need a license to do this legally in all cases, but only certain animals need tags. Learn the rules and regulations for your state.

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Know the rules

This is especially important for those hunting for the first time, but should be in the back of everybody’s mind. Being safe during the hunt is one of the most important things to take into account. There is more potential for injury in this sport than many, many others when not taken seriously enough.

Know beforehand which hunting season you are going to be a part of. Before you set out, be sure to verify:

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  • The beginning and end dates of the season.
  • What licenses are needed, and if tags or other certification are needed.
  • Where you will be hunting, and the boundaries of the area.

Take a little time to look through maps, studying the area beforehand. Research where it will be safe for you and others to hunt, this includes avoiding private property. Things can change in a short amount of time. Even if you are confident in the place you hunted last year, be sure that nothing has changed and it is still a solid place to go.

Organize

Once you have established everything legally, get yourself organized and prepared to make the journey. In most places the terrain you will be crossing will be steep and in many cases, snowy. Prepare yourself physically to make long journeys in these conditions. Most of the time hunters who can go longer distances at a faster pace will have more success.

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Prepare your shot beforehand. Take time to go to the shooting range and practice in this environment. Find a place where it is legal to target shoot and practice with clay pigeons. Using a little ammo here will save you time and money in the long run by perfecting your shot.

Before you leave for the trip, make sure you have everything you will need. Don’t risk leaving some of the most important equipment at home; make a checklist to ensure nothing gets left behind. If you have some equipment that you are carrying over from last year, be sure to test it first to make certain it is still in working order.

No matter what type of hunting you do, prepare for this season. Take the necessary steps to ensure everything will run as smoothly as possible. You will save more time, and create a better experience for everybody involved. Even if your targeted game isn’t up for a couple of months still, start preparing now to guarantee you will have a positive experience.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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