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Many people have misconceptions about hunting. One such misconception is that hunting is easy and any person can go sit in the woods and wait for an animal to cross the wood bee hunter's path. However, people who believe this are sorely mistaken. Hunting is not just sitting in the woods with a rifle; there are many other aspects that must be considered. An individual must have all preparations complete, purchase or gather the equipment needed, and know what to listen for while in the woods.

First, an individual must get prepared for the beginning of the deer-hunting season. Contact your local parks and wildlife organization to find out the rules and regulations for that particular season, the dates for the season, and bag limits. Once you have gathered this information, go to any sporting goods or hardware store to purchase a hunting license. A combination hunting and fishing license usually costs around $55. In preparing for the season, you also need to find a hunting club or lease. When looking for a hunting club or lease, it is important to find an area that has plenty of hardwoods and a water source; otherwise you will be wasting your time. Now that you have found the club or lease that is right for your hunting needs, there are dues that are owed to your club or lease and the clubs or leases own rules and regulations that need to be gone over. Since, the rules and regulations, club or lease, and license are taken care of, you need to figure out what type of equipment is right for your hunting application.

Second, you need to gather the equipment needed for the deer-hunting season. The first and most important piece of equipment you will need is a riflescope combination. When choosing your riflescope combination, you need to pick the application that is right for the area in which you will be hunting. You will need to decide what caliber rifle and power scope to buy.

In purchasing your riflescope combination you must consider the knockdown power, the type of deer you are hunting, and the distance of the longest shot in your area. And of course you will need to purchase ammo for your rifle. Even though you have your rifle, scope, and ammo, you are still not ready to shoot. You will need to bore sight and zero your riflescope combination to 100 yards. The rest of the equipment you will need is camouflage, feeders, calls, and a blind. When picking your camouflage, you will need to get something that is similar to the surrounding area in which you will be hunting. Also, the camouflage will need to be right for your hunting climate, whether you will be hunting in Alaska or in Texas. It is vital to find the perfect place for your feeders and stand. Stand placement is very important; you should place your stand in the center of high traffic areas. This is usually near a water source or a bedding area. Your feeders need to be placed in high traffic areas that are in clear view of where you place your stand and at least 100 yards away. If you decide that you want to use calls or rattles, there are a variety of choices. There are bleat calls, grunt calls, and rattling antlers, all of which will take some time to learn how to use. Since you have taken care of all the preparations and equipment needed, it is time to head for the woods in search of that trophy deer.

Finally, what to do, look, and listen for while you are hunting for deer. You must arrive at your hunting



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