Going to deer camp is an exciting experience for new hunters. It could be one of the first times they interact and hunt with a large group of outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re a new hunter or need a refresher, here are a few best practices for hunting at a deer camp.
Make sure you know the camp’s policies before bringing your gear. Does the deer camp have public stands? Are you able to bring your own blind? If you are able to bring your own hunting blind, are certain areas off limits? If you are able to bring your personal Stump blind, make sure you’re not placing it too close to another treestand. You don’t want to accidentally drop your blind right in the middle of another hunter’s perfect shooting lane.
If all of the stands or blinds are taken at the deer camp, and private setups aren’t an option, you’re going to have to hunt on foot. Make sure you’ve studied a map of the land before you venture out. You need to know where the water sources are and where the tree lines begin and end. Study a physical map of the area or use a hunting app to view topographical maps if you won’t be able to check out the camp on foot before you go. If you’re able to scout beforehand, make sure you mark any signs you see in your hunting log or on your app. Make sure you’re respecting the other hunters and their preferences. If they don’t want anyone scouting the area during certain times, you should abide by the guidelines.
Use a Sled
If you traveled to the deer camp with a group of your hunting buddies, you might not have the luxury of pulling your truck or ATV up to your deer to remove it from the grounds. Our Husky Hauler Utility Sled will help you remove the deer easily, without having to borrow anyone’s vehicle. The sled’s pointed front end and molded bottom runners will travel smoothly over rough terrain. You’ll be able to easily load the deer onto the sled. From there, you can pull it behind you on your own, with a rope, or attach it to an available vehicle using the steel hitch. No matter how you use it, the sled will make it easier to remove the harvest on your own and bring it back to camp.
Do Your Part
Make sure you pitch in and do your part to help with the daily chores: cook dinner, wash the dishes, gather firewood, volunteer to drive. Try to split duties evenly and make sure you’re showing appreciation to the host if you’re a guest. Create a schedule that clearly indicates which hunter is in charge of which activity so there is no confusion.
Deer camps offer hunters a place to escape everyday life and lose themselves in the experience of the hunt. It’s a place for connecting with other hunters and dedicating time to harvesting meat. If you respect other hunters’ setups, help with the daily chores, and plan ahead, you’ll surely be invited back and could start a tradition that will last for decades.
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