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Top Ten Insider Tips for The 2011 Season

Release Date: 7/27/2011

A few ideas from the Browning team on Early Season Hunting Success

Browning’s Top Ten Tips for Early Season Hunting Success

We know you’re as excited as we are to get out on an early season hunt. Naturally you’ll want to check out the latest Browning firearms at your local retailer to fill any empty spots in your gun rack. Browning hunting clothing is a must to keep warm, dry and comfortable, and our gun cases, knives, lights and other accessories will help make your first hunt of the season a success.

We also asked some of the most avid hunters here at Browning for their favorite tips on preparing for an early season hunt, so you’ll be ready for success on opening morning.

Here’s the Browning Top 10 Tips!

Ryan Ferry, a designer in our advertising department, thinks your pre-season game scouting should start about now. Begin with some early morning scouting of your intended hunting areas during the first hour of light using a good-quality spotting scope or binoculars. If you plan to hunt after work include some late evenings in your scouting schedule. Make sure your maps and GPS gear are all good to go. Don’t forget to check with private property owners for permission to scout for game before hunting season.

Scott Engen, our copy editor, suggested you check over your hunting truck from bumper to bumper. Make sure it has good tires (including a fully-inflated spare) and a full tank of fresh gas. Verify that all the fluids are topped off, the battery is fully charged, and you have tools, tire chains, a high-lift jack, a sturdy towrope, plus some emergency food and water. Don’t forget your warm Browning clothing, gloves and a Browning flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries) in case you have a breakdown far from a paved road. (Just don’t ask him how he learned about the importance of all this “check the truck” stuff.)

Denny Wilcox, our firearms manager, reminds you to get out to the range to check the scope zero on your rifle before your hunt, and to make sure you zero your rifle with the same ammo you’ll be hunting with. If you’re going to be flying to your hunt, when you arrive make sure to double-check that your scope hasn’t been knocked out of alignment while it was getting banged around by the airlines. We make some great hard-sided gun cases that are airline approved for transporting your favorite Browning rifles and shotguns.

Russ Kommer, our knife designer (and a professional hunting guide), thinks having a good first aid kit for both you and your dogs is very important. Russ suggests you make sure your dogs are in good shape before the hunt (this is especially important for older dogs) and that they have plenty of water in the field and back at the truck during hot weather.

Dan Brock, our videographer, reminds hunters to have a good flashlight. Sometimes days in the field become longer than expected, and you don’t realize how important a flashlight is until it’s dark. LED flashlights last a long time on one set of batteries and can be the difference between having to spend the night in the woods or making it back to the truck. Our latest LED flashlights and headlamps make perfect additions to your hunting kit.

Dave Birth over in customer services thinks that getting in shape before your hunt is very important. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the far end of the parking lot to get some additional walking exercise every day. Walk around your neighborhood with a pack for a hour each evening, and increase the weight you carry in your pack every week. There is no better exercise for hunting than actual hiking.

Marcus Heath, our quality assurance manager, suggests you practice shooting from various positions, not just from the bench. Many hunters do most or all their practice from a solid rest. This makes for some impressively small groups for bragging purposes, but it can also create a false sense of your real shooting ability. Unless you practice shooting at different distances from the various positions you’ll actually use in the field you won’t know for sure if you can successfully make that same shot on a game animal.

Scott Grange, our shooting promotions and public relations manager, suggests if you’re going to be hunting on horseback that you spend some time in the saddle before opening day. Nothing reins in a great hunt faster than being saddle sore right from opening morning. Visit your local equestrian center now and do some trail riding so you’ll have plenty of “horse sense” when the season starts.

Brady Smith, our webmaster, advocates making sure that your hunting boots are comfortable and broken-in before the season starts. If it’s time for new hunting boots, get them now and start wearing them around the house so they’ll be ready to go on opening day. Also to help prevent blisters when hiking, wear a pair of polypropylene liner socks with a good pair of wool or wool blend socks on top. This will wick moisture away from your feet and help keep friction off your skin and between the layers of socks.

From all of us at Browning, have a great hunting season and good luck.

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