Don’t be afraid to say “No”

Before you head out on a guided hunt know your limitations and don’t be afraid to say “No” to shots, hikes or anything beyond your ability.

Weather it’s your first guided hunt or you’ve been on dozens of them, you don’t always know what you’re in for. If you follow these three tips and let your guide know your ability you’ll be more comfortable and have a better experiance.

  1. Know how far you can shoot – I’ve mentioned before, “practice, practice, practice.” When you rehearse at the range, you’re in a controlled environment. Theoretically you’ll be able to make accurate shots at longer ranges. This is important because you’ll also learn what shots you’re not capable of making when you’re under pressure. If a shot is beyond your limitations, don’t be afraid to say “No” and pass it up.

  2. Know how far you can push yourself – In some parts of the country, hiking is required to get close to the animals. Extreme elevations can be challenging. Get in shape. Know when the ascent is becoming too much. If you’re getting dizzy, seeing stars or unable to stand up, don’t be afraid to say “No”. Stop, rest, and drink water. You’ll be better off because of it if you top the crest and a 300-class bull is standing there.

  3. Know what animals are legal – Never rely on another individual to know what the laws are. It‘s up to you to know the laws and follow them. In the same sense, you should also have in mind what caliber, or size animal, you are morally/ethically capable of taking. Be realistic about what size animals are in the area, and if something doesn’t fit the criteria, don’t be afraid to say “No”.

Your guided hunt will be more rewarding, if you heed these simple things before you go.


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