Hunting season opens in less than two months in some areas. Are you ready for the start of the season? If the thought of opening day sends you into a panic, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to prep yourself for your first big hunt of the season.

Register for Your License

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you register for or renew your hunting license. Check out your state’s requirements online and follow the necessary steps to get your license. Take a bowhunting education course that satisfies your state’s requirements if this is your first time getting a license. Different states have different laws, so if you have recently moved or plan on travelling to a different state to hunt, make sure you have the appropriate license for that state.

Make Sure You Have the Proper Tags

Make sure you have your tags before you go out on your first hunt. Follow all of the tag regulations to make sure that you are complying with hunting laws and can donate or harvest the meat ethically. Keep track of how many tags you have left throughout the entire hunting season so you know how many deer you can harvest on any given day and ration accordingly.

Make Sure You Know How or Where to Process Your Harvest

If you have never field-dressed your own deer before, have another hunter walk you through the process or teach yourself through online tutorials. If you will be having someone else process your harvest, make sure you know exactly where the nearest processing location is. You’ll want to go into hunting season with the knowledge already filed away so that you can either field dress or deliver your deer to the proper location immediately.

Keep Scouting

Summer is the perfect time to scout deer signs and learn their behavior to plan for the fall and it’s not too late. Set up trail cameras around your property to capture wildlife action all hours of the day. Study the trends and make note of what time of day you see the most activity. This will help optimize your opening day by hunting at peak times. Make note of how many mature deer you see to help you plan your hunts. If you already know there are only three mature deer on your property when you’re sitting in your blind, then you’ll know not to wait for more. You won’t waste your time waiting for a bigger buck that day if you already know you haven’t seen one.

Give Your Equipment a Test Run

If you haven’t already been practicing all summer, make sure your bow is tuned and field ready. You don’t want to assume your bow is shooting properly and then find out something’s wrong when you go to take your shot. A poorly tuned bow is a frustrating reason to have missed a buck.

The opening day of deer hunting season will be upon us before you know it. It’s important to double-check that you have everything in order now. Make sure you have all the necessary tools to go out into the field so that you can hit the ground running on opening day.

When does deer hunting season open in your neck of the woods? Give us a countdown in the comments below!

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