By Kerrin Brinkman | November 1 2010 06:36

Last week, we began a series of articles written by our 2010 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors as their term comes to and end. Each young person is providing advice on a specific topic related to the shooting sports. Here, 18-year-old Royal Ranger Michael Carter from Nampa, Idaho gives his tips for gearing up for hunting season.

Michael Carter and his trophy deer

Hunting season is one of the most exciting times in my life. Whether it’s just being with my dad, or the thought of a trophy bull waiting on the other side of the hill, hunting is something I look forward to every year. It seems that as soon as one season is over, I start gearing up for the next. But getting ready for any specific hunting season requires far more than just getting ammo the night before.

Sometimes it can require vigorous scouting and having a good season always requires practicing shooting. For the better part of my hunting career, I have been shooting a Remington model 700 chambered in 270. And no matter how much I trust the gun, I still find myself at least trying to make it out to the shooting range at least once a month.

Another main thing that you need to get ready for hunting season is your body. It never fails that even if you think you’re in shape, the first hill you climb on a cold frostbitten morning always tells you differently. That is why I make it a routine part of my life to work out and get in shape all the time, but specifically in the months leading up to big game season. Hunting has been and will forever be one of the most important parts of my life. That is why it is important to make sure that everything is in order so you can enjoy the season as much as possible.

Great advice, Michael, and good luck this hunting season! We'll have more stories from these exceptional young people, so keep checking back for more from our 2010 Brownell's/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors.

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