Holidays are about spending quality time with family. Not surprisingly, countless Americans plan a vacation during the festive season. You have good reason to do it this year as the last one was more about staying indoors. But it is a good idea to do something more adventurous than traveling to a crowded beach resort or ski destination. Not to mention, you need to skip these options to stay safe from the ongoing risk of the pandemic. A hunting spree is a good idea because it offers a perfect way to have a great time with your loved ones. Whether you hunt as a family tradition or wish to explore the option for the first time, you must plan it well in the new normal. Here are some tips to make it a success.
Double-check the destination
Since the virus is still around, you must double-check the destination before embarking on your hunting spree. Research about the current status of the virus to ensure safety for your loved ones. Go through the hunting rules of the state so that you need not stress about flouting them. It makes sense to opt for a nearby trail as you can travel by road. A road trip can save money and avert the risk of the virus..
Schedule it ahead
Family trips take a lot of planning, even more, when you want to travel around Christmas. Make sure that the dates work for you and your spouse because either of you may have last-minute office tasks to complete. Also, you will not want to travel to a hunting trail only to find it is crowded like a beach. Mark your dates and align them with the important family gatherings back home.
Get your gear ready
First-time hunters need to have a hunting checklist well in time. You will need a lot of stuff, from guns to optics, body armor, and ammunition. Further, you will need a first-aid kit, safety gear, and camping essentials such as a tent with AC port if you plan to stay around for a couple of days. Your checklist also depends on the age of your kids, as you will need something to keep the young ones occupied.
Stock up on pandemic essentials
Before planning your hunting trip this holiday season, ensure that everyone in the family is vaccinated. Even then, stock up on pandemic essentials like sand sanitizers, face masks, and paper towels. Carry your own food and water so that borrowing or sharing is not needed. Small things make a difference, and you must go the extra mile because you cannot take virus safety for granted.
Educate your family
Another thing you cannot forget is educating your family about hunting rules. Even if it is not your first time, it is good to brush up on the basics. Ensure that everyone knows the safety norms, such as handling weapons and staying together in the wild. Young kids should be told to stay away from guns, and older ones must know their limits. Teach them about the basics of navigation, communication, and survival as well.
Family hunting during holidays is an excellent way to celebrate the season. But you should be ahead of planning to have a great time and stay safe.