Whether it’s your first season or your 30th, you know a nugget of advice from a seasoned hunter can go a long way.
We asked our Wide Open Spaces contributor team to give us their best piece of advice for the upcoming season.
They delivered, and what follows is a CliffsNotes version of useful, last minute hunting wisdom that will go a long way as you gear up for your season.
“Success is found at the crossroads of hard work and luck. Always be the hardest working person in the woods.” — Reid Vander Veen
“You can never prepare too much. Check, then check again, and it may be the difference of harvesting a mature buck.” — Nathan Unger
“Don’t skimp on footwear. Wear the right boots or shoes for the right conditions; make sure they’re broken in and comfortable. And bring a change of socks. You’ll travel farther, longer and quieter if you take care of your feet.” — David Smith
“Sit still in heavy game habitat, have patience, and pack a weapon strong enough to do the job right with one shot.” — Eric Nestor
“Don’t stress out about harvesting an animal, as long as you are enjoying time in the great outdoors, that is a successful hunt.” — Travis Smola
“Get off the beaten path: if you get away from (at least a half mile, preferably a mile or more) the trails and roads most hunters tend to frequent on public land, you are virtually guaranteed to see more game.” — John McAdams
“Find a good mentor, and don’t be shy in seeking quality advice.” — Jake Hofer
“Scent control is imperative. Whether it be with minimizing your scent, understanding thermals or maintaining an advantage on wind direction, a deer’s nose is your worst enemy.” — Dustin Prievo
Do you agree with this advice? Got any of your own to share?