Adventure Outdoors Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 38

If you accidentally kill a protected species, you need to contact the state’s wildlife department immediately. Do not remove the kill from the drop-site and do not panic. Remember that you’ll need to check for an updated list of season openings and be aware of different weapon periods. If you’re hunting with a crossbow during archery season, you’re probably going to get in trouble. If you’re hunting with a dog in a restricted area, or not wearing the required safety gear (orange attire, i.e.: vest, hat, jacket) then you may be fined or even lose the privilege of hunting in that state. It is good to take a hunter’s education & safety course just to brush up on the basics that we experienced hunters may accidentally overlook. If you’re a beginner, it is definitely a requirement. Do not, under any circumstances whatsoever, hire a guide service on public (or private) land without checking for proof of ownership and licensing. The use and administration of these services is illegal without proper documentation of all necessary permits and equipment. If there is a guide service or hunting lodge you’re looking into, and they are hesitant on providing proof of legitimacy, then don’t even waste your time. Checking for reviews and recommendations through government/state websites is a surefire way to guarantee that your hunt will be both legal and successful. If you’re having fun in the meantime hunting varmint animals or feral hogs, then keep practicing! Even though some states don’t limit per season on varmint animals and predators, you still need to double-check to make sure you’re licensed properly and have a good amount of tags. If something goes wrong, the last thing you want to do is battle the state you’re hunting in over their own game. No matter where you’re headed or what you’re planning, a cross-country hunt is a hunter’s dream. We love to be able to scour new ground, immerse ourselves into different scenery, and harvest new animals. The United States has so much amazing land to cover and it is just begging to be explored. BE SAFE. Be smart. be s t ealt h y! 36 Summer 2016 Adventure Outdoors