Follow these (3) major do's and don’ts when selecting a new hunting club to join and your success is almost guaranteed!
Finding and joining a new hunting club can be a very exciting and rewarding experience that is sure to enhance the quality of your time in the woods this season.
First you should know two types of very important information. You need to know the "do's", the positive things that you must accomplish. These are the things that you must do if you wish to find and join the "perfect" hunting club.
Secondly is the "don’ts", the unfavorable, the need-to-avoid items. It is of the utmost importance to really know what you need to guard against and avoid. You will need to know these items to not detract from or lessen your ability to succeed at finding that ideal club.
Following that preamble, let's now examine these (3) do's and don’ts of choosing the right deer hunting club to join:
First "Do": Choose a club with individuals that have like ideas as you when it comes to the harvesting of game and overall herd management. Why would you spend time and hard-earned money in a hunting club where you are trying to grow trophy sized deer but the other members just wants to fill their freezer? Just imagine how frustrating it would be to pass up animal after animal only to have another member shoot them as soon as they leave your immediate hunting area.
First "Don't": Choose a club just because your co-worker, brother-in-law or neighbor is a member. This implies that just because the club is right for them that it will be a like match for you and your wants, needs and hunting desires.
Second "Do": Choose a club that fits within a pre-determined price range that you can afford, based on your own finances for this recreational activity. You really need to stick within that price range because finding the best club in the entire South will not do you a bit of good if you cannot afford the gas to drive there because your entire deer hunting budget was spent on the cost of membership.
Second "Don't": Choose a club based on price alone - whether that is the lowest priced one you can afford or the most expensive. Instead you need to list what benefits you will get in exchange for the dollars spent. A low price does not necessarily equal a low quality deer hunting club and likewise a high price does not necessarily equal a higher quality club.
Third "Do": Make sure you understand all of the clubs rules and regulations. With your membership there may be requirements of you like work weekends, mandatory meetings, etc.... Also, there may be additional fees beyond just the price of membership for club projects like foodplots or stand building. Additionally there may be fines you should know about for breaking specific rules or missing required work days. All of the above are great reasons to make sure that you know the rules and regulations of your new club BEFORE you become a paid-in-full member.
Third "Don't": Settle on a club that does not fit your individual goals, wants, needs and desires. This is a total mistake and it is opposite of the very first "do" on the list above. If you cannot find a hunting club that suits your wants needs and desires, what you need to do in its place will be to find some available hunting lease land of your own. If you can secure a piece of land then form your own club with like-minded individuals that, for the most part, can all get along and agree on rules and regulations that benefit all concerned.
Hopefully with this short list of must "do's" and definite "don'ts" you will be able to boost your likelihood of successes in choosing the right deer hunting club to join. All you have to do is to observe the do's and don’ts set forth above. Just don't do the negative things and make sure you are doing the positive things! Do and do not do as advised above and understand that the final results you get will be great, bordering on magnificent!