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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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