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Barre Books
(802) 476-3114
158 N Main St
Barre, VT

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Bear Pond Books
(802) 229-0774
77 Main St
Montpelier, VT

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Aldrich Public
(802) 476-7550
6 Washington St.
Barre, VT
 
Ainsworth Public
(802) 433-5887
2338 Vt Rte. 14
Williamstown, VT
 
Brown Public
(802) 485-4621
93 S. Main St.
Northfield, VT
 
Rivendell Books
(802) 223-3928
100 Main St
Montpelier, VT

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Cover To Cover
(802) 728-5509
27 N Main St
Randolph, VT

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Cutler Memorial
(802) 454-8504
151 High St.
Plainfield, VT
 
Kellogg-Hubbard
(802) 223-3338
135 Main St.
Montpelier, VT
 
Jaquith Public
(802) 426-3581
122 School St.
Marshfield, VT
 
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10 Steps for a Successful Hunt

I have been hunting big game, mostly deer, for over forty years and I am still surprised by the lack of preparation most hunters take before the season starts. Most of my buddies simply throw some gear in the back of a truck on opening day and head for the woods. By the way, most of my friends are not very successful hunters either, because they don't do their homework or fieldwork. See, some serious planning is needed to insure your hunting efforts pay off and you get that big buck you've been after. Well, I suggest we prepare for our big game hunt both at home and in the field, and perhaps months in advance.

For me, the time before the hunt at home is as important as the time in the field, and maybe even more so. Now, keep in mind, not all the time before the hunt is spent at home, because some fieldwork is required if you want to be successful. I have discovered, mostly through trial and error, ten steps that usually make my hunt productive and safe.

1. Determine where you will be hunting and who you will be hunting with. Both of these considerations are important and we will look at them individually. Where you hunt, has a lot to do with the gear you take along for the trip, because a short afternoon hunting trip close to home will require less gear than extended treks into remote backpacking sites.

  • Additionally, for those hunting for two or three day trips near the house you may be able to load up your car or truck with gear and not be worried about weight or what to take. On the other hand, if you have to walk to your hunting site, select your gear with a critical eye, because unused gear is just additional weight you don't need to pack on your back.
  • Now, who you hunt with is important because, as most of us know, not all hunters are created equal. I have found experienced hunters will usually require less gear than a hunter with limited awareness of the sport, so it is important for you to plan your whole hunting trip around the weakest member of your hunting party. By weak, I am speaking of outdoor experience and overall knowledge of hunting, not necessarily a physical condition, but that should be a consideration as well.
  • Make sure you always tell someone where you'll be hunting, who is going with you, how long you will be gone, when to expect you back, and what to do if you do not return on time. Carry a cellular phone if you have one, but for emergency use only. In addition, I suggest you never ever hunt alone because it is simply unsafe to do so.

2. Decide if special permission is required where you will be hunting. If the area is on private property or posted you should get permission before you hunt. Many good hunting trips have gone sour because folks were hunting on land clearly posted "no hunting". Besides being illegal, it is plain common courtesy to ask permission before you enter someone else's property. Keep in mind, some special state hunts may require you to submit a request form (for controlled hunti...

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