How to Prepare for Your First Hunting Trip in Australia

If this is your first real hunting trip then you are probably bursting with excitement.  There are few experiences that compare with that first hunting trip. If you want to get the most out of your hunting expedition, enjoy the best hunting success and have a blast then a bit of preparing is very important.  The right preparation can make a world of difference in your overall experience and will boost your chances of getting the desired result even though you are still a rookie hunter.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for that first hunting expedition in Australia.

Getting fit won’t hurt – much

When you are hunting you can count on one thing; you will have to do plenty of walking.  Personal fitness is very important for a successful hunt. With a fit body, you can walk longer distances without feeling exhausted and you won’t make nearly as much noise when you are trying to sneak up on your prey.  Cardio workouts are incredibly good for boosting your personal fitness and if you are not up for spinning or running then a daily long walk will make a huge difference in your overall health and your endurance when you are out there in the wild.

Practice breathing control

Breathing control can also affect your hunting success in more than one way.  If you know how to control your breathing you will become a much stealthier hunter even though you might be tired.  Good breathing control also improves steady aim and shooting. A couple of breathing control exercises early in the morning can help you improve your lung capacity, will help you stay calm and can give you the control you need for successful hunting.

Walk those boots in

A new pair of hunting boots will enable you to move stealthier through brushes, protects your ankles and keeps your feet dry – if your boots are walked in.  New boots always have a tendency to hurt your feet and you can end up with horrible blisters if your shoes are not fitted properly or if your shoes are not broken in.  Start wearing your shoes a while before your big hunting expedition so you won’t end up sore footed and empty-handed.

Get the right weapon

Australia has caliber restrictions when it comes to certain species.   For example; you cannot hunt Sambar deer with a smaller caliber than .270, smaller species should be taken out with a caliber that is proportionate to the game being hunted.  Mind your weapon size and choose the right animal species so you can stay an ethical hunter. If your weapon is too small for the job then you need to either size down your hunting quarry or make provisions for a bigger weapon caliber, an excuse for a new rifle perhaps.

Know your animals

It isn’t the easiest of tasks to spot the difference between species and male or female animals when you are out there in the wild.  Take some time to learn different animal species before you set out into the wild. Knowing your animals can help you avoid a costly mistake and can even keep you out of trouble when it comes to endangered species.

Choose your gear and attire

It is always good to ensure that you have all the gear and clothing you need and that everything fits well.  Go through your wardrobe and choose your clothing according to your season. Shop for anything that is missing and remember to stock up on some essential gear like a good old hunting knife, water bottle, carry bag and more.

With just a bit of preparation, you will be a much better hunter even though this might be your very first hunting expedition.  Preparation keeps you healthy, fit and ensures a successful hunting trip every time you step out into the field.