10 Effective Hunting Travel Tips to Save Money

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Most hunters like to do hunting internationally but their finances become an interference to it. The expenses of hunting trips are increasing day by day and many hunters are unable to fulfill their dreams even if they have pre-planned the trip a long time ago.

Some intelligent hunters are saving money for their trip by taking some baby or small steps. In this article we are going to discuss some travel tips to save some money.

10 Hunting Travel Tips to Save Money

1. Use your old rifle instead buying a new one

You should pack your old rifle because there is no time for experimenting with an unfamiliar, untested, new rifle when in an exclusive adventure. You should avoid heavy-recoiling and unfamiliar magnums. The standard cartridges that belong to the 30-06 Govt. or 308 Win class are powerful enough to hunt down even the dangerous game animals. Lightweight rifles, scopes or sights and binoculars could save your money on the airport.

2. Choose your bullet

You have to choose your rifle bullet style and type very carefully. It is the most important thing to consider because rifle, cartridge and caliber are only the parts of the launching gadget. It is your bullet that hits, misses or kills your target. Consult with the guide, PH or outfitter but you should take the bullet that you have found effective and dependable over years. This would increase your confidence that is needed for success. Light-for-caliber bullets would be suitable as they are all-copper Barners TTSX and TSX bullets that are designed for deep penetration and maximum weight-retention.

3. Focus on precision and accuracy

Don’t overemphasize on accuracy since this could be detrimental to the terminal performance of the bullet. A rifle/bullet/cartridge combo grouping 1.5 MOA is accurate enough to hit the chest of an antelope (the size of a pie plate) out to 600 yards. Sub-MOA precision is always reassuring but not really necessary to succeed.

4. Pick a rifle case

Consider such rifles that are lightweight for minimizing travel bulk, expense and weight. Most airlines charge per checked bag and sometimes extra for oversized and overweight bags. You are allowed 70 pounds for international and 50 pounds for indoor flights. a 10-pound rifle may not seem extreme but you are planning to bring 2, you are up to 20 pounds and then extra 14-20 pounds for the hard case that is mandatory.

You may not have much weight left for your remaining accessories like binocular, backup scope, sticks, knives, boots and so many. You could even reduce the weight by using synthetic stocks, hollow, short barrels, blind magazines, skeletonized actions and small scopes. Though 100 dollars is not a big deal, you should save it if you can!

5. Focus more on the material of the case

Your rifle case should be lightweight and strong. Protect your scopes and rifles when rough luggage handling but carefully choose one that is light in weight but the construction and materials are strong enough to carry everything. Some four gun cases are lighter than two gun cases and also come in nearly 10 pounds. You need to be more careful to weigh your choices.

6. Save space

Golf-club cases are hard and have extra space for packing your stuff and they are different from common hinged-lid style. You could zip the rifles into old-style soft cases for protection and padding, then slide into another hard case with boots, tripods, shooting sticks, jackets, etc. this could save enough space in the other bag for ammo, clothes, etc. At the hunting destination, you would have a soft handy case to haul the rifle securely in the vehicle.

7.  Be familiar with your stuff

Try a small case. It is easier to carry a 34’’ case than carrying a 54’’ case while stumbling. Always remember the screwdriver and other necessary items to re-mount the stock. Be familiar with the pressure that you would need for the rifle. If you are unable to unscrew the case at the airport, they wouldn’t allow you to carry it with you and you have to buy a new one after reaching your destination that requires more money.

8.   Use the right time to buy tickets

Pick your tickets during off season because the airlines would increase the amount of the ticket on peak seasons as they know that many people would go and buy tickets then. If you could select the time when prices are low, you would be able to avoid crowds. Avoid buying tickets on weekends and try on weekdays to save some money.

Moreover, using credit cards is a good choice to reduce the expenses. Swap your card for a flight-point card and you would get rewarded by points that could redeem for flights.

9.  Save your accommodation expense

When you arrive at your destination, you should try to stay in a hostel or hotel and 3 or 4 star hotels are cheaper than 5 star hotels. You would spend just the night there , so it is not necessary to spend more money. You could save this money and do shopping or something else with it. you could also find the free days that many attractions and museums have at your destination.

10.   Opt for cheap transport options

Don’t hire a car to travel and use public transports for long distance areas. Otherwise, walk or use a cycle or bike for this. By doing this, you could save your money while hunting. Moreover, as you have travelled for hunting, make the game meat your food and save the food budget. You could ask if there is any discount available at hotels or flights for students, military, senior citizens or children.

This is all about the hunting travel tips that you should follow. A little amount of money would be great when you are in poor condition. So, always try to save money whenever you can.

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