If you’re just itching to bag that trophy buck, then it’s about time you get planning. Hunting trips to some of the most prestigious properties are booked years in advance. This means that you want to plan ahead of time to ensure you get to take that trip of a lifetime soon. Here are our best tips for planning your next successful deer hunting trip.
Choosing a location can be tough. There are so many different regions of the country that provide various types of deer. It’s best to decide on the specific breed of deer that you would like to bag first. For example, a whitetail deer may be your target. This will help you to narrow down the regions of the country in which to take your trip. Next, you should start to hone in on the areas that you’re interested in seeing. You may want to visit Kentucky or head further west to Missouri. Keep narrowing down your list until you get your eyes set on a specific region.
Next up, you want to get yourself a list of the ranches that offer hunting trips. At this point you’re not going to be evaluating the ranches, rather, you’re going to be simply scribing their information down to assess later. Make sure that each ranch offers the type of trophy you’re after. For example, a blackbuck antelope hunting ranch is not going to be very effective if you’re interested in shooting a whitetail deer.
Once you know where you can go hunting in your chosen region, it’s time to decide on whether or not you want a guided hunt. If you’re not overly familiar with the area, we encourage you to have a guide as they will be able to ensure you bag a trophy. If you decide to be your own guide, realize that you may not be able to find your prey. Guided trips are more expensive than non-guided trips. It’s up to you to decide where you want to spend your money when it comes to hiring a guide or not.
If you decide to have a guided hunting trip, there are some additional things you want to look for. Many guides will offer you lodging and food throughout your stay. Some will provide you with the proper permits and even clean out your trophy once you’ve got it. These are all extras that you should assess when comparing potential guided hunting tours next to one another. As you continue to look at properties make sure you look at the terrain to ensure you can handle it. If you’re planning on bringing along older friends or family members, you should keep the terrain and physical requirements on the top of your mind when selecting a ranch for your tour.
Booking a deer hunting trip can be an overwhelming experience at first. There are many factors that you need to consider ensuring that your trip goes well. The above are our best tips that you should follow along your path of scheduling your next deer hunting trip.