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Get the most out of your next hunt by learning more about the firearm accessories that will best suit your next trip. What's everyone else taking on theirs?
There's no doubt that hunting is one of America's most popular sports. Every year, 19.3 million people hunt. That's more than the number of people who play soccer, tennis, or baseball each year.
And that’s not all!
Did you know that Americans hunt a combined 282 million days annually? If you do the math, that's an average of 21 days per hunter!
That’s a significant amount of time.
But if you’ve ever been hunting before, you already know that not every day in the woods is going to be successful or even enjoyable. You may spend entire days cramped in a stand or blind without a single sighting.
And then, when you do finally spot a target, you may fail to make the shot.
There’s no way to guarantee that you’ll have a killer hunting trip. However, there are certain accessories you can bring along to maximize your enjoyment of the sport.
Keep reading for the inside scoop on the best firearm accessories for your next hunting trip,
Appropriate Optical Gear
Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right optical gear. Hunting conditions will vary with the weather, terrain, and type of game, so you’ll need to be appropriately prepared!
In general, you want to make sure any optical firearm accessories you use are as lightweight as possible. The last thing you want on a hunting trip is to be sore from carrying your gun.
You should also take time before your hunt to sight your rifle and get used to its nuances.
Another thing to keep in mind is the finish of your firearm accessories. Opt for matte finishes over shiny. You don’t want to flash the sunlight and alert your target of your presence.
Like we said before, scopes absolutely have to be matte (like this one).
A quality matte scope is an essential firearm accessory for a successful hunt. You can’t shoot what you can’t see!
That’s why brightness is an important aspect to look for in a scope. You’ll need the extra light on low visibility hunting days. But don’t forget, you only need enough brightness to illuminate through legal first and legal last light.
You also need to be aware of the resolving power of your scope. Being able to see long distances doesn’t do you much good if you can’t distinguish your game from its surroundings. A scope that provides high clarity will help ensure that your hunting trip is as productive as possible.
Another thing that can really ruin a hunt is if your scope doesn’t hold up to rough handling and harsh conditions. If your scope lens breaks or gets waterlogged, your hunting day is pretty much over. That’s why it’s so important to choose a tough scope that’s built for all weather conditions.
Again, depending on the situation, your sights are going to be key in whether or not you have a fun time on your next hunting trip.
While some may choose to go with the traditional iron sights, another option you should consider are red dot sights.
The reason red dot sights are so useful is that they make aiming simple. Unlike iron sights, which come with all kinds of multi-focal point challenges, red dot sights make a red dot appear to hover in the space in front of you.
This allows for easy targeting -- all you have to do is line the red dot up with your game.
Red dot sights work thanks to an angled mirror within the optic. The mirror allows some light through but bounces red light to your eyes. Due to this reflecting action, many red dot sights also fall within the category of reflex sights.
There’s nothing wrong with using iron sights. But red dot sights are a smart option for a great hunting trip because they maximize your chances of actually harvesting your game.
You can certainly get good accuracy with iron sights, but it’s much easier to do so with red dot sights. And nothing makes a hunting trip better than when you make a successful harvest.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we can’t stress enough the importance of finding effective ammunition that consistently gets the job done. There are countless factors you need to take into account in order to choose the best ammunition.
The bottom line is, your ammunition can make or break your hunt. Before you go on your trip, head to the range and test out several ammunition brands with the rifle you’re planning to use. That way, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises once you get out there.
Proper research into your firearm accessories beforehand will help your hunt go more smoothly.
Comfortable Carrying Gear
On any hunt, you’re going to spend a significant amount of time sitting or standing in one position. And when you’re not stationary, you’ll be on the move, hiking to your next location.
That’s why it’s essential that all your gear is as comfortable as possible, particularly your firearm accessories.
To avoid unpleasant chafing and soreness, choose gun carrying gear that is built to reduce the stress on your arms and shoulders. One option is a gun sling with a wide shoulder strap.
Gun slings are great because they distribute your load over your shoulders. Most models are padded as well.
Overall, don’t neglect your comfort when selecting gear to take on your trip. You don’t want to find yourself sitting in a 4x4 blind in the rain with a tight strap digging into your shoulder. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, comfortable firearm accessories can have a huge effect on whether or not you enjoy your hunt!
With these comfort and performance-enhancing firearm accessories, you’re well on your way to having your best hunting trip yet!
We’re here to make your hunting experience as enjoyable as possible! If you’ve got any questions about what gear to take on your next hunt, feel free to either leave a comment at the bottom of this article or contact us.