Yamaha Outdoors Tip - Fall Hunting Homework
By Steve Hickoff
The planning for fall hunting seasons is surely part of the fun. Start now or you might be caught off-guard then. Are you ready for various opening days where you hunt? It’s time to do your homework.
Application Dates: Have you studied permit deadlines and license requirements? Some applications are due well in advance of actual seasons. Read the fine print—twice.
Proper Paperwork: Increasingly, landowner permission with just the shake of a hand and friendly conversation isn’t enough. Some states now require paper evidence. See if yours does or doesn’t. Either way, confirm that hunting property now.
Required Stamps: If you hunt migratory birds, have you obtained your mandatory Federal duck stamp? Go here for more details: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/
Harvest Information: Got your HIP number if it’s required in the state you’ll hunt? Click this link for the scoop on the Harvest Information Program: http://www.fws.gov/hip/
Season Dates: It’s not only important to get all the paperwork and planning done for your hunting season of choice, but it’s also key to know what else is going on that time of the year. Fall is way too short as it is, and sometimes archery opportunities are available during waterfowl openers and youth hunts.
Multiple-Use: As this goes, know who might be in your woods and fields to avoid multiple-use conflicts. It’s also great to learn that in some states you might be able to bow hunt deer in the morning and chase autumn turkey flocks in the afternoon.
Bonus Options: Got your pre-season planning homework done? One cool variation on this theme is to accessorize your four Yamaha wheels.