Some people fall short and don't accomplish the goal they set out for that season. Maybe it is a big buck they have on camera or getting their first limit of ducks on the water. The average hunter focuses a lot of their time and energy on the "one percent" of hunting, which is the actual shot. For most pros the hunt includes way more than the shot, and they realize hunting is only one percent shooting.
To be successful you must spend more time preparing for the other parts of a hunt. For example, every hour I spend hunting I spend three hours scouting. That doesn't include preparing for the hunt, brushing in your duck blind, and cleaning your gear, all place a pivotal role in getting your meat into the freezer. Make sure that you do your homework on the species you are hunting. If you are hunting ducks you need to know weather patterns, moon phases, and what part of the migration it is at the time of your hunt. As well as knowing where the food source is that the particular animal that you seek will be.
Before your season starts it is always a good idea to go through all your gear. Pull out everything and make sure nothing is broken or needs to be replaced. Solving a problem like this before the season starts will save aggravation and time later on during the season that could be spent hunting. Go speak with landowners and check in with them about your permission to make sure they still allow hunting on their property. Check the local hunting laws to see if anything has changed during the off season that will affect your hunt. Regulations and bag limits can change and getting caught over a limit or out of season can get your hunting license taken away.
So keep in mind before you take to the woods or the water this hunting season, shooting is only one percent of your hunt. Spending the extra time on everything else should help you become more successful in the field. Good luck this hunting season and remember to have fun!
CEO Kut'em Outdoors