When you’re getting ready to embark on a wilderness hunt in the remote reaches of British Columbia, or anywhere for that matter, it’s as important to prepare mentally as it is physically and at the shooting range. Here are a few tips on how to approach this type of adventure.
First and most importantly, remember that this is supposed to be fun! Hunters sometimes put so much pressure on themselves that they forget to have fun. Enjoy the entire experience and each day of your hunt. Take photos on your charter flight into the wilderness. Keep a mental count of all the wildlife you see. If you’re hunting with friends, take pictures together and remember to make the experience memorable. Of course taking a trophy is your goal, and that’s the priority. But don’t loose sight of why you’re hunting – because you enjoy it!
Second, be prepared for weather, all weather! Good and bad, you might experience a little of everything throughout the course of a 10-day wilderness hunt. Here in B.C. the climate can be soggy. You could even lose some hunting time due to inclement weather. That’s all part of the experience and it’s why these hunts are more than a week in length. Prepare yourself mentally to roll with the punches and have a great time no matter what.
Third and finally, prepare yourself for challenges. In addition to inclement weather, the hunting might push your physical limits. At some point on the trip you may end up being a little tired and sore. You might blow a stalk or even miss a shot. No matter what the situation delivers, be ready to pick yourself back up and try again! Hunting is fun because it is challenging. And mentally staying in the game, especially on a long hunt, will ultimately help you be more successful and have more fun.
For information on our wilderness hunts in northern British Columbia, please explore the rest of our website at KawdyOutfitters.com. If you’d like to chat with us about availability or specific details, please feel free to contact us!
Written by Ryan McSparran
Ryan McSparran is an outdoor writer, a hunting and fly fishing guide, and very proud to be a part of the Kawdy Outfitters team.