The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Your First Deer Hunt

According to a recent news article,  a total of $43.5 billion is generated from white-tailed deer hunting nationally every year. Majority of the big game hunters start as deer hunters. A little preparation goes a long way in making your first whitetail deer hunts in Texas exciting. Get on the right track by following this simple guide.

Get a permit and hunting license

Texas laws require you to have a hunting license through the Texas Park & Wildlife Department, whether you are a resident or a non-resident. You also need to have completed a course in hunting before you obtain the license. The minimum certification age is nine years. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number before being issued with a license.

Familiarize yourself with the dos and don’ts of deer hunting

Most whitetail deer hunters engage in the sport in ranches. Normally, the owners stipulate their own rules in addition to those laid down by the Texas Park & Wildlife Department. You will need to familiarize yourself with such things as the proper hunting seasons, restricted areas, illegal hunting methods, and so on.

Obtain your hunting equipment
You will need to purchase such things as a compass, a flashlight, matches or a lighter, a good rope, a sharp hunting knife, a gun, ammunition, binoculars, scent blockers, first aid supplies, a map, and a tarp if you are uncomfortable with a gun and fine tune it for use during the D-day.

Buy your hunting gear
It is advisable to wear layers as it’s likely to be cold in the morning and late in the evening but quite hot during the day. If you are gun hunting, make sure you have lots of oranges. Camouflage if you are elk hunting. Your gear should include a scarf and a cap to keep your neck and head warm. Make sure you buy waterproof hunting boots as well as hunting gloves.

Practice, practice, practice
It will be worth your while to wear your hunting gear and rehearse with all the equipment you are going to use. This will give you time to get comfortable with your gun as well as know your weaknesses and abilities.

Do your homework
Most ranches have aerial photos as well as topographic maps of the hunting area on their websites. You will need such look for such things as possible escape routes and deer beds. Be prepared to deal with the challenge of other hunters.

Hunting is not always easy, but with patience and perseverance, you will soon learn the art. At Montgomery Properties Ranch, we provide guides during your initial whitetail deer hunts in Texas. We also provide you with a place to stay at our lodge where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at your convenience.