How To Plan Trophy Deer Hunts
How do you plan a trophy deer hunt? You can plan a hunt in your own area, an area you know well, or an area you have never hunted before. Part of the process is finding trophy deer and that may well be away from your area so that is what this article will concentrate on, many of the steps are similar for all areas.
Items which may be needed to plan your trophy deer hunt:
- Hunting equipment
- Camping gear
- Credit cards or money
- Topographical maps
- Find area to hunt. Do your research and find out where trophy bucks are located. One method of doing this might be to use the computer and look at state DNR sites and the Boone and Crockett World Record trophy site. Also research deer and find out where they live, what they eat etc, anything that help you find out where trophy bucks are grown.
- Decide how you plan to live while hunting. How long are you staying, will you need to make living arrangements? If so, do you plan on camping, staying in a motel? Determine the answers to those questions, including food arrangements.
- Make any needed reservations. If you are staying in hotels or campgrounds make reservations well in advance. You may have to put down payments on credit cards
- Study the specific area to hunt. Use topographical maps and study the area. Learn the lay of the land, where food sources are, water sources. If possible make a recon trip ahead of time to see the area first hand.
- Make lists. Make lists of equipment you need and steps you need to make in the process. There are a lot of little items, clothing, food, hunting gear, shoes, boots, camping gear, etc, needed for the hunt. It is important to remember them, making lists help. Things like maintaining the vehicle you are driving, if you are driving, buying spare parts, learning how to use that new camp stove and tent. So many little things to remember which will help in the quality of the experience. Make lists as you think of them and check off items as you do them.
- Purchase supplies. Purchase supplies and gear in advance. Take time to learn how new gear works and that it does work. If you can transport food stuffs it can often save you money.
- Make arrangements to purchase licenses. Find out where and when you can purchase licenses. Nothing would be worse than to get to an area and discover you cannot buy a license and you should have gotten one earlier.
- Go over all lists before leaving. There is nothing worse than getting to your destination and finding out you left out some important item, like your firearm.
That is how you plan a trophy deer hunt, or one way at least. Basically planning a trophy deer hunt requires finding places where trophy deer are, that is the most important step and needs to be done first. This is just a general outline to help guide the planning process. Each person will find steps to add or subtract which work well for them. Basically, the entire process boils down to giving the process a lot of methodical thought, and attention to detail.