Traveling to another country for hunting comes with a little anxiety, but the excitement and adrenalin make it all worth it. You need to immerse yourself in the hunt and to familiarize yourself with the different dynamics of becoming a hunter. However, before your hunting trip, there are several things you need to take care of. We’ve assembled four crucial tips on what you should know before your Canadian hunting trip.
1. Have All Your Documents
It’s mandatory to have a valid passport to get admitted to Canada. If yours is expired, apply for a new one or renew the one you have. You should also take your passport with you all the time, and keep a colored copy in your luggage in case you lose your passport. You must also fill in customs form 4457 and your Canadian non-resident firearm declaration form 909. Remember to pay for the Canadian hunting permit, as well. Once you have all your documents in order, your adventure is about to start.
2. Know How You Will Get Around
Now that you are ready for the hunt, you need a place to stay and a way to get to the hunting ground. Usually, your outfitter will give you tips on where to get tags, so don’t be afraid to ask them about it. Book your trip early and make sure you talk to a car rental to get your transport sorted out. A family SUV is not ideal for hunting. Even if you are a local, you need to leave your family care behind for a vehicle that can navigate the terrain with ease. You are likely to end up in places you didn’t plan to go, like battling extreme rain, snow, and mud. Hiring a car gives you the peace of mind that the car’s general maintenance is already taken care of. However, you still need to take care of tire chains, bow saw, jumper cables and jump starters, the supply box, first aid, shovel, and other supplies you’ll need during the hunt.
3. Join An Experienced Hunter
Joining forces with someone more experienced is always an advantage. Besides the fact that they know the terrain better than you do, they will also lead you to the best sights, sounds, and smells so you have a full experience. With an experienced hunter having your back, you can immerse yourself in all parts of a hunt like watching hunt dogs work, sitting in tree stands, and even setting decoys. They will help you practice your shooting to build your confidence.
4. Plan How To Bring Back Your Hunting Trophies
You can either bring back your game by road or airplane, have it shipped to you, or have the taxidermy mounted and sent back to you. Bringing it back yourself is the cheapest option, but your outfitter can help you make plans if you decide to use the second and third options.
Whether you are going on a hunt to experience the outdoors with your family and friends or for the high-quality protein, these tips will help you have a smooth trip. Be sure to take care of your insurance before you go.