Friday, 05 October 2012 10:05
Utah's most popular hunt—the general rifle buck deer hunt—begins Oct. 20, 2012.
Being prepared before the hunt starts is the key to a successful deer hunt. Utah's 2012 rifle hunt starts Oct. 20.
Photo by Kirk Gardner
If you're one of the lucky hunters who has a permit for the hunt, getting prepared now—by gathering materials and gaining knowledge—is the key to a safe and successful hunt. And while taking a deer is usually the highlight of any deer hunt, make sure you take advantage of all the experiences deer hunting offers.
"Don't be so focused on taking a deer that you miss out on everything deer hunting offers," says Gary Cook, hunter education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Camping with your family and friends and enjoying Utah's wildlife and the beautiful state we live in are all things you can enjoy during your time afield."
Cook provides the following tips for an enjoyable and safe hunt:
Preparing your firearm
Before leaving on your trip
While in the field
Field dressing your animal
Your physical well-being
If you get lost
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