I often get asked by new hunters how long should my hunt be? This is a difficult question to answer as what I may think to be a short hunt, to others may feel way to long. The duration of your hunt should be planned to incorporate a number of things.
How comfortable am I in the backcountry? If you are a novice at backcountry hunting and not experienced in a wilderness setting the duration of your hunt will be shorter then someone more experienced. When I started of hunting more remote locations there were few friends that were willing to tag along, because of this I ended up doing a lot of solo hunting. Now if you’re just getting into hunting I would stay away from solo trips, with experience you will see how rewarding they can be though. My first couple years I would do mostly two night trips, I feel that for beginners this is a good place to start. With more experience longer trips will become something that becomes more appealing, getting used to hunting solo does take time, that’s why I would recommend starting slow.
As you become comfortable in a wilderness setting longer trips will be something that are feasible, trips that last 4-6 nights are a happy medium to me. With 4-6 days you will have enough time to find animals as well as pack out any animals you harvest. If you’re alone or even with a friend one thing to remember if you harvest an animal is that the pack outs take time, depending on how far back you shot your animal pack outs can take multiple days. The old saying “the real work starts when the animal hits the ground” is certainly true. The amount of time you are able to spend hunting is in large part dictated by your circumstances. If you are only able to hunt during the weekends due to work then that is what you have to do, plan out your weekend to make the most of it. When I was in university I only had weekends to hunt, I had to make sure all my work was done before the weekend so I could spend as much time hunting as possible. This had its challenges but every year we were still able to harvest an animal.
I would encourage everybody to hunt as much as they can just for the experience factor, the key to having a successful hunting season is just to get out and hunt. You will be surprised how many animals you can see in a short period of time.
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