Hunting alone can be a therapeutic and introspective experience. It allows you the opportunity to focus on nature and your shot techniques without the pressure of an audience. You can have just as much success hunting alone as you do when you hunt with a partner, as long as you hunt safely.
Before you venture out on your solo hunting trip, make sure someone else knows where you’ll be hunting. Cell phones make it easy to call for help if something goes wrong, but you need to be aware of locations that don’t have service and let your contact know that you may be without service periodically. Scope out your hunting area and test your cell service before you go on an official hunt.
Pros – The Whole Blind to Yourself
When hunting alone, you don’t have to worry about taking turns shooting at passing deer. You can take as many shots as you like without worrying about splitting the opportunities with your hunting partner. Our Stump blinds offer panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, so when you’re hunting alone you can freely swing from one window to the other to follow your target. When hunting with a partner, our Stump blinds like the Stump 4 ‘Vision Series’ are still spacious enough for each person to shoot from half the blind without crossing each other, but hunting alone will give you full range of motion to maximize your shot opportunities.
Pros – The Thrill of Doing it on Your Own
Making a successful shot and bringing home organic meat completely on your own can be a thrilling experience. The field to fork aspect of hunting is what draws and retains a lot of hunters. The rush of knowing that you ethically harvested, field dressed, and cooked your own meat from start to finish is the ultimate reward. It’s wonderful when you can share the experience with a partner, but it is also a powerful moment when you know you did it all yourself. Then you can share your experience, both the successes and failures, with an aspiring hunter so they can learn from them.
Cons – Removing the Harvest
Removing and field dressing a successful harvest by yourself can be difficult. Make sure you’re prepared to remove the deer from your hunting location. If you’re able to drag the deer behind you by yourself, remove the deer on foot. If you know you won’t be able to move a heavy deer on your own, make sure you have a clear path to drive your vehicle or ATV to the harvest. Be prepared to lift the deer into the vehicle and make accommodations if needed, such as bringing steps or a ramp to drag the harvest into the vehicle more easily. If you’re uncomfortable or unsure of field dressing the deer on your own, take it to a deer processor and they will take care of it for you. You’ll still receive the reward of venison and can be proud of the fact that you harvested it on your own.
Hunting alone can be intimidating, but if you are comfortable with the shot process, know who to call for help, and plan ahead, it can be a truly rewarding experience. All you have to do is make sure you’ll be safe in the woods and you’ll have an enjoyable solo trip.
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