Heading out on your first long-range hunting trip is an exciting time. Planning where you are going, identifying your target, packing your gear and getting mentally prepared for the adventure ahead is something that all hunters look forward to. Before you embark on your maiden long-range hunt, however, it’s important to prepare properly to ensure that your hunt is safe, successful and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Having the right equipment is crucial in ensuring that you get the most out of your first long-range hunting experience. Not only will the right equipment help to improve your success rate but it will help you to enjoy your time in the bush more and stay safe and comfortable throughout your trip. Of course, you will need to choose a firearm suited to your needs and your abilities.
However, there are many more tools that should have in your pack when you’re heading out on your first long-range hunt.
Let’s take a look at a few key pieces of kit you need to consider to help you get off to a successful start with your long-range hunting endeavours.
The Right Optics
When it comes to hunting accessories, a scope and a pair of high-quality binoculars are absolutely essential. The rifle scope you choose will largely depend on the firearm you are using and what kind of a budget you have to work with. Steiner Predator binoculars are a great choice for spotting targets in the distance and locating landmarks to help you navigate. If your budget will extend to it a laser rangefinder is a very useful tool that essentially combines a rangefinder with a high-quality binocular for quicker and more precise results.
A Wind Meter
Long-range hunting involves shooting targets that are at least 109 yeards away. Naturally, you will need to account for the wind and how it may affect the trajectory of the fired ammunition. In long-range shooting, doping the drop of a bullet relies strictly on math and science. However, when it comes to dealing with the wind, many shooters would argue doping the wind is something of an art form. With a wind meter, you can get an accurate picture of the wind speed and direction, allowing you to make adjustments as required.
If you are going to make one customisation to your long-range hunting rifle, make it the trigger. Almost every rifle on the market can benefit greatly from an aftermarket trigger being fitted. When it comes to selecting a pull weight, two pounds is a good weight to aim for, however, you may choose to go a little heavier, depending on your personal preference. Choosing to go lighter than two pounds can make it difficult to control the trigger, especially on colder days. A two-pound pull weight allows for good feel, more control and increased accuracy.
Shooting long range requires your rifle to be steady to ensure an accurate shot. A folding bipod is a popular option with hunters as they are quick to set up and pack down and provide excellent support. If your budget is more restricted, a cheaper alternative is sandbags. Sandbags can be placed under the fore and the aft of your rifle for support. You can buy specially designed sandbags for shooters that are easily transportable or you can simply make your own.
Embark On Your First Long Rage Hunt With Confidence
Preparation is key to ensuring your hunt is a huge success. In addition to the equipment we have mentioned above, be sure to pack a good hunters knife, wear appropriate clothing for the weather, carry enough water for the duration of the trip, along with snacks and be sure to include a first-aid kit in your gear list. With the right equipment in your pack, you can be confident heading out on your first hunt, knowing you are prepared for whatever may come your way.