Are you looking to take a crack at hunting a new game animal this year, or did your trusty old (insert item here) wear out? If you’re like a lot of other hunters these days, money is tight … and it’s not always an option to purchase heaps of new gear. Here are a few tips to help you save a little cash for the upcoming seasons.
Beg For Gift Cards
Gift cards are a great way to get the items you have long desired, but could never bring yourself to purchase at full price. Next time someone asks you what you want for your birthday, Christmas or any other special occasion, tell them you want a gift card to your favorite sporting goods store. This will save the guessing game for the person trying to score you the “perfect” gift, and will allow you to finally buy the next piece of gear you need.
Be On The Lookout
Most of the time excellent deals aren’t advertised, so you have to keep your eyes peeled and search stores to find them. You never know when you might stumble upon a closeout sale with the exact item you’re looking for. When you do find your prized item, the price might be astonishingly low.
Broaden Your Search
This works especially well on big-ticket items, such as guns and bows. By telling your friends, co-workers and relatives what you’re looking to purchase, you increase your chances of finding a good deal. You never know when you’ll come across the unexpected, I know someone whose uncle is selling exactly what you’re looking for, and he will give you a good deal on it.
Someone you know may have an item you covet for the next hunting season. First, ask them if they would be willing to trade you for something you own. If they don’t accept your offer, try bartering for something else you can offer them, such as helping them cut wood or clearing shooting lanes for next deer season. The worst they can do is say “no.” On the flip side, you could save yourself a bunch of cash.
If you’re trying out a new style of hunting for the first time, don’t spend all sorts of money on something you might never do again. Ask friends and relatives if you can borrow the gear you’ll need to go on a few hunts. If you have a good reputation of taking care of other peoples’ possessions, more than likely they will have no problem helping you out.
Bail Yourself Out
There are many unique ways to “bail yourself out”; here are just a few of the many examples:
- You have camo for bowhunting, but not duck hunting. Well, repurpose your bowhunting camo and use it for duck hunting. One camo pattern typically works well in many different types of cover.
- You want some new camo gloves for turkey hunting. Take a pair of gloves you have lying around the house and color them (in a camo pattern) with markers.
- You're in need a ground blind for deer hunting, but know you can’t afford it. Make a natural blind from materials present in the field.
Use these tips and you’ll have the power to get all the gear you need for your next hunting trip.
Do you have any other tips, or have you had any success with the ones above? Let me know. Comment in the box below.