First, read the rules. If you are new to the program, it won’t all sink in right away, but you need to try to understand the basics. Read the premium list carefully and contact the chairperson or secretary of the hunt you plan to attend if you have questions.

Second, make sure you and your dog are in good enough shape for this activity. Dogs who are overweight and out of shape have a harder time than dogs that are fit and healthy, so think about some extra walks and maybe some calorie regulation if needed. Make sure you address your own fitness so you don’t get hurt when you are out on the field.

Check out this handout for some other ideas about how to get your dog ready for hunting.