There is nothing like a hunting road trip. Based on my experience, it will either leave you happy with a freezer full of meat or frustrated and sprouting a few more gray hairs. If you prefer to be a member of the “happy” group, you may want to check out my top five hunting road trip tips. They may make all the difference for you this year. Here they are:
1. Purchase Your Hunting License Online
One of the first things that you can do in order to make your hunting road trip go smoother is go online and purchase your hunting license in advance. Doing so eliminates the possibility that you won’t be able to find a designated hunting license agent once you arrive at your hunting destination.
2. Confirm Lodging Arrangements
Second, I would recommend that you call and confirm your lodging arrangements. It is important to do so, because not all campground and lodging facilities allow hunting dogs, firearms, or other hunting gear on their property. You’ll also want to make sure that you ask whether or not there are areas on site for dressing and storing your kill. Depending on the facility, they may actually have a dressing and storage area for hunters to use during the hunting season.
3. Inspect Your Dog Carriers
I would also recommend that you inspect your dog carriers to make sure that they are in good condition. If not, you’ll want to repair or replace them well in advance of your trip. Otherwise, you could end up with no way to crate your hunting buddy during your trip.
4. Prepare for Canine Odors
Fourth, it is also a good idea to prepare for any unfortunate skunk encounters that may befall you and your hunting dogs. After all, you just never know when you or your hunting dog may run into a skunk in the wild. While you are at it, you may also want to plan for ways to eliminate other canine odors related to weather, infrequent bathroom breaks, diet changes, and illness.
5. Pack Snacks and Beverages
The fifth way to make your hunting road trip go smoother is to pack enough snacks and beverages for the trip. That way, you don’t have to worry about finding a suitable cup of coffee and a ham sandwich before heading out into the woods during the wee morning hours. Of course, it is also a good idea to contact the chamber of commerce located in the area that you’ll be visiting. They may be able to provide you with suggestions on what restaurants are open early in the morning or late in the evening.
Source: Personal experience
Killeen Gonzalez has a degree in hotel and restaurant management. She also enjoys the great outdoors with her family.
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