5 Tips for Happy Hunting
When it comes to hunting, being prepared and having the right gear is essential to a fun, safe experience. As deer season opens up, we’ve compiled a list of must-haves for your next hunt, including how to safely bring your game back home with you.
1. Keep Yourself Warm
Staying warm and dry is key to an enjoyable and safe hunting experience. When planning your trip, you need to consider the weather conditions of the area in which you’ll be hunting, giving special consideration to the fact that you will likely be up in the stand for a long time. Be sure to check the forecast and be prepared for unexpected weather conditions. Pack a rain jacket and bring extra gloves and a hat. As the weather gets cooler, rain and sweat can quickly turn a great hunt into a dangerous situation. Plan and prepare accordingly.
2. Cover Your Scent
Deer are very sensitive to human odor. Take time to scrub down with odor-free soap and spray yourself and your clothes with odor eliminator. By the time you make it to the tree stand, you will have probably worked up a bit of a sweat, so be sure to bring the odor eliminator with you to spray again once you’re all set up. You may also want to pack bath wipes to help keep you fresh and odor-free throughout the day.
3. Stay Energized
When you’re spending the better part of a day up in the deer stand, it’s important to be sure you and your phone are staying charged. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and by eating snacks that energize you, such as power bars, and avoid salty or sugary snacks that will dehydrate you.
It’s also important to bring a battery-powered phone charger. Cell phone batteries can die quickly, especially in colder weather, so be sure to bring a phone charger to keep your phone ready in case you need to make any emergency calls.
4. Two is Better than One
If you’re planning on dressing a deer in the field, you’ll need to have at least one knife and a sharpener. A knife is only as useful as it is sharp, so it’s best to have a second knife on hand. This ensures that when one is dull, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to sharpen it. This increases productivity and efficiency – two very important factors when you’re in the field.
5. Keeping Your Game Fresh and Cool
Whether you’re going on a multi-day trip or will be out for just a few hours, you’ll need to keep your game cool and fresh from field to table. Ideally, you should keep the meat cooled at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you have plastic bags to keep it sealed. Traditional ice will melt, which can lead to the growth of bacteria on the meat. Dry ice, on the other hand, evaporates as gas and does not melt. It will keep the meat cooler longer, which keeps the meat from spoiling and prevents the risk of bacteria.
For premium packing and cooling performance, pick up a 10-lb. block of Penguin Brand Dry Ice® from your local grocery store and cut it in half. Wrap the dry ice in newspaper to ensure that it does not come in direct contact with the meat, and place the pieces on each side of the cooler. Keep the drain plug of the cooler open to allow for proper ventilation. Limit the amount of times you open the cooler, and the dry ice will keep your game fresh and cool up to a couple of days.
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