Hunting for the first time can be a little intimidating. If you are new to firearms or hunting in general, it’s important to remember that you should always be prepared. The last thing you want is to forget a necessity, but you don’t want to hunt with unnecessary items either. At the Gumfarm Hunt Club, we are expert hunters and have compiled some information that we’ve deemed extremely helpful for first time hunters. For more information on hunting safety, please visit our "hunting safety tips" page here.

Clothing is extremely important when hunting, as most hunts take place early in the morning or later in the evening when it is most chilly. Bring a sweater, hunting jacket, heavy socks, gloves, a hat, and good boots. Wear brush pants or field chaps to keep you dry and free from debris. Know the regulations in regards to wearing blaze orange. Be prepared for all types of weather, and dress in layers so you can remove clothing if you become hot.

Know the habitat in which you will be hunting. Not all land is "created equal," so find your sweet spot before you burn all your energy and ammunition. Always remember to follow the hunting dog and hunt with confidence and a strategy in mind. Try to stay quiet, don’t yell to your buddies or fellow hunters, and respect your fellow hunters.

Most importantly, use a shotgun that you are comfortable with. Anything from a .410 to a 12 gauge can be effective at killing a pheasant. Familiarize yourself with your gun beforehand and follow all hunting safety tips to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe hunt.