By Terry Simpson, Jr.
Oh, yes. Can you smell it? Fall, the time of year for traveling and hunting. Taking to the road in your RV to explore some far-off wilderness and the wild game it has to offer is making the hair on your body stand on end with anticipation. But before you head out, here are few things to consider:
The destination of choice can be a daunting yet exciting chore. If you don’t already have one in mind, a few notable destinations to explore include:
Waggonhammer RV Park, Idaho- Waggonhammer offers game such as deer, elk, bear and mountain lion. As big game goes, this is a perfect place to scope out for a hunting trip.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana- Arguably the best area for hunting in the country for big game such as elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goat, black bear, moose, bighorn sheep and antelope.
Sunrise Ridge Guide Service & Sporting Camps of Maine– Take advantage of guided and non-guided hunts for trophy game like black bear, snowshoe hare, whitetail deer, moose, coyote, turkey and even ruffed grouse!
Texas Hunt Lodge– Everything is big in Texas, and the Texas Hunt Lodge has guided hunts for a large variety of game. The list of trophy game includes deer, elk, sheep, buffalo, antelope and a whole lot more.
The game you plan to hunt will dictate what gear you should expect to have on the trip. Spotting scopes coming in handy for locating and evaluating game and determining if an animal is worthy of pursuit; variable focal lengths give you more flexibility to scan wide areas. A transport sled will make it easier to move your trophy game back to camp, but make sure you get a sled big enough to carry a large deer, bear, sheep or elk. Additionally, a good processing kit should have a capping knife, gut-hook skinner, boning knife, carbide sharpener, bone saw, rib cage spreader and game cleaning gloves.
Water-resistant or waterproof clothing is useful anytime, and moisture-wicking clothing will keep you comfortable. Wool or synthetic fibers will keep you warm, but cotton is never a good option because it retains moisture, keeping you cold. Lastly, a complete first aid kit that can treat more than a minor scratch is incredibly important. Accidental gunshot wounds happen and you will need to be prepared. It’s better to have it and not need it.
While RV travel is the ideal way to go hunting, transporting a firearm needs special attention. According to Federal law, you can transport a firearm across state lines as long as you follow the rules. You have to lawfully own the firearm in the state you live in and the state you’re going to. It has to be locked away and unloaded, out of the driver and passengers reach. To be sure, you check the laws of each state you drive through. So don’t ruin or delay a perfect hunting trip because you don’t know the law.
It will be a good idea to stow your firearm in a storage compartment of the RV outside of the driver/passenger area. Keep your rifle in a hard-sided, locked case and the ammunition in a separate locked box. Both should not be visible from outside the vehicle.
The Hunter’s Rig
Just as important as where, how you travel makes a difference. Most hunters prefer an RV trailer because taking a pull behind may be a better option.
Some of the best RV’s for hunters as recommended by Rocky Mountain RV:
- Wolf Pack 21WP120 Toy Hauler Front Garage
- 2016 Forest River Grey Wolf 26BH
- Heartland Bighorn 3750FL
- Forest River Rockwood High Wall HW277
Whatever your decision, traveling and hunting are a lot of fun, and combining the two is the best of both worlds. And with a good rig and proper gear, you can’t go wrong.
Terry Simpson, Jr. is a freelance copywriter using his extensive experience in Outdoor and Automotive Industries to turn ideas into substantive, to-the-point content and copy. So you can market and sell like crazy. Contact Terry now at www.terrysimpsonjr.com.