Don’t Run The Risk Of Catching “Cabin Fever… Go Hunting !
The sport of hunting is poplar all across the United States but Hunting in Virginia is very well known and respected by hunters everywhere. With mountains on the West and rural farm land covering the majority of the state… God created the perfect paradise for all types of wildlife.
It seemed at one time the popularity of Hunting in Virginia was dying as more and more people moved to the city. As I talk to more and more people like you I am not so sure my facts were accurate. I found the interest in hunting is there but I think there are other issues keep folks from hunting;
If your concerns are similar to the one’s I listed above… Then I am glad you found us. Learn how to be able to go hunting, using proper scouting techniques, without going broke and being safe all at the same time.
At this time the most popular type of Hunting is deer hunting followed closely by Dove & Turkey hunting… especially spring gobbler season. While these are the most popular there not the only one’s. A lot of hunters enjoy rabbit hunting, quail hunting, duck hunting and squirrel hunting.
And for the sportsman who just loves to hunt there are the lesser known forms of hunting such as coon hunting, crow hunting, fox hunting, and my favorite predator hunting. In some Virginia counties the governing bodies offer a reward for certain predators such as coyotes.
Fifty years ago my dad introduced me to hunting on my grandfather’s small farm in Western Ohio. I was hooked and hunting ran through my veins every since.
My father’s buddies Mike and Gary were some of the best shooters around as they shot competition skeet all over the country. As a youngster, it was hard for me to compete and the small game was scarce in the back of my hunting coat. It almost seemed like they were hunting machines with the combination of speed and accuracy… it seemed like they never missed.
As I got older I was able to compete. This happened for several reasons: My reflexes were developing and I got faster but, The biggest change came when I began to understand the patterns of the game we were hunting and got comfortable with the gun I was shooting.
Over time I knew what to expect. For example, I learned where the quail would be and when we walked up on a covey of quail I knew what to expect when they came out in all different directions.
I learned their flight patterns and how my gun shot so I knew how much and where to lead them. As my accuracy improved my heart rate slowed and my game count at the end of the year was impressive.
Hunting was fun but the feasts were the best. Hunting season comes at the right time of the year… Thanksgiving and Christmas. Baked quail was my favorite… YUMMM!
In order to become a good hunter you have to put in the time in the field. Reading articles like this will help and the one’s we send via email to our subscribers of Definitive Hunting Guide will give you a good understanding of what you need to do to be a good hunter. But most importantly… you have to take what you learn and test it in the field. Being in the field testing what you learn also eliminates the chance of you catching Cabin Fever!
Most hunters believe scouting is only done in the fall. But scouting in the summer is a full time sport for us. It is interesting to see where the deer and turkey are moving. As an experiment we will cut a new trail near an existing trail and take it out in the field a little. In a couple weeks we will go check our trail to see if the deer tracks (trail) have moved or the turkey have torn up the old grass looking for bugs.
The summer is a good time to get some much needed practice in. Whether it is shooting on the range testing different equipment or shooting from an elevated position, this is the time to get ready for hunting season.
We started HuntingInVirginia.net as a journal for our hunting notes to benefit our children and grandchildren along with other family members to read. Our goal was to write about the good things we found here on the farm that work and not some theory. Another purpose was test new gear and to cut through the B.S. from the manufactures bogus claims for new gear to help stretch your hunting gear budget.
In the hunting industry hunters just like you, are the prey. Reread that again. The manufactures of hunting gear study wild-game intensely so they can create the next high priced doo hicky to sell to you and your buddies. Their marketing department spends thousands of dollars studying the buying habits of … HUNTERS!
I cringe when someone tells me about some high power doo hicky they bought. Most high power doo hickies are unnecessary and don’t put meat in the freezer or prized mounts on the wall… Period! If you go into the woods with after shave on hunting down wind that high power doo hicky is not going to prevent the deer from running the other way.
As a hunter we all want to get better. But there are some high price doo hickys you can live without. I have found most just need to learn how to hunt and then learn what gear will give you the best opportunities to be successful.
To our subscribers of Definitive Hunting Guide I will send you periodically articles about things that really work, that we’re working on, talked to others about and things we’re thinking about doing to help you improve as a hunter. I have a large binder with lots of notes about things like:
You not only get the good stuff as a subscriber but we report on the things we tested and found don’t work. For non subscribers we post things that are of interest and little tips for everyone to read from time to time on our blog. We also keep you informed from all the news sources and our hunting insiders of new regulations being proposed and things of interest going on in the hunting industry ( “News” tab above). Make sure you bookmark this page and visit us regular.
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