Choosing your Gear: For Universal Huntresses Jen and Norissa, success ultimately comes down to having the best tools on the market, and the preparation for hunting season is no exception.
Becoming the Huntress Week 2:
Choosing your Gear
For Jen and Norissa, success ultimately comes down to having the best tools on the market, and the preparation for hunting season is no exception. Well built firearms (and bows), accurate ammunition with a good ballistic coefficient (or quality arrows), precision optics and a thorough knowledge of how they work together is the first step in ensuring you finish hunting season with a successful harvest report.
Choosing the right firearm and caliber for the species you will be hunting is very important. Knowing your local and state laws regarding what type(s) of firearms are allowed in your hunting zone(s) is a good place to start. You may be required to hunt deer with a shotgun in suburban areas or along waterways, or maybe you need an accurate long range rifle capable of covering 800+ yards in high winds for an high altitude sheep hunt. We choose to shoot Ruger rifles and handguns because of their dependability and quality in craftsmanship. Their American, Hawkeye, and Guide lines are our favorites. Ruger has a large selection of firearms for every need, so you can rest easy knowing that whatever you may be hunting, Ruger has you covered.
Once you understand what type of firearm is acceptable for your hunt, you then need to figure out what caliber is best. Many hunters, especially women, favor an all-purpose caliber like a .270, 7mm, or 30-06 because they are able to use the same gun on different hunts. Caliber selection is especially important when you are hunting bigger game species such as elk or exotic game, as you may require a larger caliber for accurate take-down. We both shoot 300 RCM/Win Mag calibers for our everyday rifles, but have moved up to a 375 for many of our bigger African animals. Hornady ammunition is our go-to choice for bullets because we have found Hornady to have an excellent ballistic coefficient and consistent accuracy, which can be lacking in lesser-priced ammunition.
You may think that all that's left after selecting your firearm and caliber is to RAISE. AIM. SHOOT. but you would be forgetting a very important piece of the puzzle. How your firearms performs in the field will make all the difference. Just because a rifle shoots accurately straight from the box doesn't mean it will make you a successful hunter. As women, we are all too aware that stock and barrel length, gun weight, trigger pull and recoil can have a negative affect on your shooting ability. You should always test fit a firearm prior to purchase, making sure that it is not too heavy, that the stock and barrel are the proper lengths, and that you are able to add the necessary adjustments to ensure that it fits you perfectly. Knowing that your firearm is customized to you will give you more confidence in the field.
Lastly, you should know that while your firearm may do the majority of the work on your hunt, there are other things that you can bring with you to increase your chances of a successful harvest. Make sure that you have a well-sharpened knife with a solid blade, like the Kershaw LoneRock, with a good grip and either a sheath or pocket clip for secure storage. We always carry our Lansky sharpeners in our backpacks just in case we need to sharpen our Kershaws during the field dressing. Having all the necessary tools with you (and not in the truck) will cut down on cleanup time. These are just some of the things to consider when planning your hunt, but we have found them to be the cornerstones of our success in the field.
Jen & Norissa