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  1. 1. A Woman’s CHECKLIST FOR SURVIVING HUNTING SEASON A growing number of women are becoming hunters for lots of reasons. If you’re one of them and want to know where to begin, take a look at the following tips. DO YOUR RESEARCH DO YOUR RESEARCH No matter what game you’re hunting, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local rules and regulations before setting out on your trip. BAG YOUR BELONGINGS Protect your equipment from moisture in the wilderness by putting everything into zipper bags. BRING FIRE STARTERS BRING FIRE STARTERS Getting a fire going fast is crucial for staying warm and drying your gear — but go lightweight. For example, soaking cotton balls in petroleum jelly gives you homemade fuel that’s easy to carry. BE PREPARED Always make sure you bring the right gear. Don’t forget a cooler to hold your perishables as well as something to sit on for comfort. BE AWARE OF THE SOUNDS YOU MAKE BE AWARE OF THE SOUNDS YOU MAKE Your quarry will be extra-cautious for a while after it hears a loud noise. If you spook a deer or other animal by making a sound, stop and stand still until you’re sure it has let its guard down again. KNOW THE AREA It’s easy to get lost when you’re focused on your game, so always be conscious of your surroundings and note any landmarks. GET COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR WEAPON GET COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR WEAPON Whether you’re bowhunting or using a shotgun, spend some time practicing with it before hunting. GO WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST Having someone more experienced along for your first few times will help build your confidence. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS If you’re not sure about something, speak up and ask about it. DO WHAT’S COMFORTABLE FOR YOU Joining a group of seasoned hunters may make you feel as if you have to overcompensate to be accepted. Just be yourself. KEEP YOUR SHOOTING LANES CLEAR KEEP YOUR SHOOTING LANES CLEAR When you’re in a tree stand, be confident that you have a clean sight line in all directions. Clear any branches that might be hanging in your view. USE THE RIGHT SLEEPING BAG They come in varying weights for different times of year, so be sure you’ll stay warm during the night. Spread a blanket or clothing underneath to stay insulated from the cold ground. SKIN SMALL GAME RIGHT AWAY SKIN SMALL GAME RIGHT AWAY Rabbits, squirrels and other small critters are best skinned as soon as possible, because it will be easier to do when they’re still warm. STAY DRY The more you sweat, the faster you’ll chill on cold days. Dress in layers and remove them as you get sweaty. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS Inexperienced hunters second-guess themselves a lot, but don’t let doubt get in the way of your good time. coolerrest.com

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