In recent years, the number of women who have taken up the sport of hunting has increased sharply and continues to rise. For those who have, going on a hunt is a powerful way to get connected with the outdoors and become more self-sufficient. Women hunting for survival as well as leisure make up a larger portion of the hunting population than ever before. Gear manufacturers have expanded their offerings to include equipment made specifically for female hunters. Yet there’s more to becoming a successful outdoorswoman than simply buying camouflage in the right size.

A growing number of women are becoming hunters for lots of reasons. If you’re one of them and want to know where to begin, take a look at the following tips.

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    DO YOUR RESEARCH

    No matter what game you’re hunting, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local rules and regulations before setting out on your trip.

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    BAG YOUR BELONGINGS

    Protect your equipment from moisture in the wilderness by putting everything into zipper bags.

     

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    BRING FIRE STARTERS

    Getting a fire going fast is crucial for staying warm and drying your gear — but go lightweight. For example, soaking cotton balls in petroleum jelly gives you homemade fuel that’s easy to carry.

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    BE PREPARED

    Always make sure you bring the right gear. Don’t forget a cooler to hold your perishables as well as something to sit on for comfort.

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    BE AWARE OF THE SOUNDS YOU MAKE

    Your quarry will be extra-cautious for a while after it hears a loud noise. If you spook a deer or other animal by making a sound, stop and stand still until you’re sure it has let its guard down again.

     

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    KNOW THE AREA

    It’s easy to get lost when you’re focused on your game, so always be conscious of your surroundings and note any landmarks.

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    GET COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR WEAPON

    Whether you’re bowhunting or using a shotgun, spend some time practicing with it before hunting.

     

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    GO WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST

    Having someone more experienced along for your first few times will help build your confidence.

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    DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS

    If you’re not sure about something, speak up and ask about it.

     

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    DO WHAT'S COMFORTABLE FOR YOU

    Joining a group of seasoned hunters may make you feel as if you have to overcompensate to be accepted. Just be yourself.

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    KEEP YOUR SHOOTING LANES CLEAR

    When you’re in a tree stand, be confident that you have a clean sight line in all directions. Clear any branches that might be hanging in your view.

     

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    USE THE RIGHT SLEEPING BAG

    They come in varying weights for different times of year, so be sure you’ll stay warm during the night. Spread a blanket or clothing underneath to stay insulated from the cold ground.

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    SKIN SMALL GAME RIGHT AWAY

    Rabbits, squirrels and other small critters are best skinned as soon as possible, because it will be easier to do when they’re still warm.

     

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    STAY DRY

    The more you sweat, the faster you’ll chill on cold days. Dress in layers and remove them as you get sweaty.

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    TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS

    Inexperienced hunters second-guess themselves a lot, but don’t let doubt get in the way of your good time.

     

Written on behalf of Cooler Rest

Cooler Rest is a fun, practical and snazzy seat accessory for a variety of cooler brands. Cooler Rest is ideal for fishing boats, back porches, hunting grounds, tailgates, backyards, campgrounds, picnics and more.