There’s no better way to greet the new year than by ending the old with something you love.
When you plan a hunting party, however, the best hunter in the world may be baffled by the technicalities that come with herding a group of hunters with varying levels of experience together.
These helpful tips should make planning a hunting party just a little bit easier for everyone involved. Just remember to make sure everything is ready and planned:
Vital to any hunt is choosing an appropriate hunting location. In this case, it’s not just you that might be miserable if there’s no action, it’s your whole party. Be sure to choose an area that should be well populated by whatever game you might be going for, be it a field near dove roosts or a sheltered copse of trees for deer. If needed, you’ll want to be sure to book it well in advance. It wouldn’t do for someone else to swoop in and grab the perfect hunting spot before you get the chance to bring your party out.
The game won’t come without proper incentive. Weeks before you plan this hunting party, be sure to set up feeders (if legal) or scatter food to attract your game. By the time you bring your party out, the game should be well accustomed to approaching your intended area in search of food.
Key to any group effort, whether it’s a party or just a picnic, is communication. Make sure everyone knows where they’re going, what to bring, when to arrive, and who’s driving. Nobody wants to be left out of the fun, and nobody wants to wind up waiting around because one person didn’t get the group email. Be sure to follow up with everyone shortly before the hunt to make sure everyone is on the same page.
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And of course, once the hunting begins, you’ll want to establish communication throughout the event to let people know of you whereabouts, success or suggestions. This might be as simple as creating a group text message, but make sure everyone’s cellphone ringers are off! Keep safety and common sense in mind; no one should be too close to another hunter, and no one should be shooting towards anything but game.
This is the end of the year, and that means cold weather. Make sure you and all your friends are well insulated. If you’re playing host, it might not hurt to bring extra gear in case one of your guests forgets something. If someone in the party is a novice or using inferior equipment, it might also help to offer to lend something of your own ahead of time.
Be sure to provide a good, hearty meal beforehand. Nothing that will put them to sleep, of course, but the last thing anyone wants is to hear while glassing a deer is a growling stomach. End your hunt with another good meal, giving everyone a chance to go over the events of the day and enjoy themselves. If you’re not sure what to prepare, perhaps a crock pot recipe will be just the thing. Set it up before you go out, then return to your home, camper, or cabin at the end of the hunt. Or, consider some wild game dishes, like venison chili.
After the hunting is through, and perhaps over a meal and a cold beverage, ask around about everyone’s seasonal success. Who got the biggest buck? Who got the most meat in their freezer? Who has the best hunting story from that year? Take the chance to plan a spring season hunt or a summer fishing trip, and look ahead to next year as this season comes to a close. Be sure to snap one of those great hunting party photos as well, that should go without saying!
In the end, a good hunting party is about enjoying a beloved pastime with friends and family. This is an opportunity to go on an exciting hunt with other experienced hunters, or to teach the young hunters in your life more about this sport.
Whether you bring home your game or not, it’s about sharing a passion with the ones you love before welcoming the new year.