Improve Your Hunting Skills Overnight With These Tips
Hunting is a
fun sport to be in. If you are a man, you feel like you are one
of those cavemen doing your best to bring home food for your
family. If you are a woman, you feel like you're one of Artemis'
huntress proving to your mistress your worth as an Amazon.
Small game hunting is more exciting because the targets are
smaller and therefore require much keen eyesight and easily
adaptable reflexes. Compare the size of a deer to a rabbit.
Surely, the hunter will have an easier time spotting a deer as
opposed to a tiny rabbit.
Here are some basics for small game hunting:
1. There is more pressure in small game hunting because not only
are the targets smaller, they also vanish quicker. Squirrels,
rabbits, birds are hard to spot but they are so easy to get
away. The small game hunter must always be up on his toes and
must never bat an eyelash once he spots his prey.
2. Do not move. As much as possible, once you have spotted a
target, reach for your weapon of choice without startling any of
the bushes you are hiding behind from. If you do so, then the
prey would only be startled and hop or skip or fly away from
your weapon's reach.
3. Know exactly when the activity periods of your prey of choice
are. You might be looking for a squirrel but they're in hiding.
You might be hunting for a rabbit but there's no chance you'll
see one during that season. Do you research before heading out.
Or else, you're just wasting your time.
4. It is easier to have a partner. You know what Heath Ledger
and Jake Gyllenhaal did in "Brokeback Mountain"? No, not that.
Seriously, you can do the stay-in-turns which they did in the
movie. In doing so, one can have his rest while the other stays
up to watch.
5. There's no problem seeking the help of an expert. Ask your
local ranger of a wildlife conversation officer what the
possible small game hunting animals you can see during that
season. You can also ask them which spots they mostly frequent.
6. Prepare a boogie trap. If you are hunting for squirrels, have
acorns ready. If you do not have acorns with you, stay behind a
bush where acorns are abundant. Wait for a couple of minutes,
chances are you will see a squirrel coming towards it.
7. You must also mind the weather. Just because the weather is
fine for you, it does not mean that your prey will also go out
on that day. Just as there is a change is prey behavior, your
hunting methods must also apply. Know that squirrels and rabbits
enjoy pleasant weather. An avid hunter knows that sunny mornings
and afternoons are the best time to pry on their prey.
8. Once the wood is wet, there is more possibility for the
hunter to see a prey out in the open. Whenever the temperature
is mild, squirrels and rabbits are there for the hunt. They
don't mind the wet days.
9. As a hunter, you must always wear camouflage. In this way,
you are concealing yourself to the eyes of your prey. Not only
are they already having a hard time seeing you because of their
black-and-white vision, they will also have a harder time
spotting you when you're wearing a darker motif. When you're
leaning against a tree, they wouldn't see you that easily.
10. Consider your weapon of choice. Know the differences between
a rifle and a shot gun. A rifle may give you a better range but
there is more advantages when you use a shotgun. When you use
the latter, you won't have a hard time shooting at squirrels or
rabbits because of their automatic re-loading. All you would
have to do is to fire away and run after them. Whereas with the
rifle, it gives you a longer range and wider target.
11. During the earlier part of hunting season, squirrels and
rabbits are less aware of their predator's presence. Also
because leaves are still abundant during that time, squirrels
and rabbits will not spot their hunters that easily.
12. Do not stalk with your sun bouncing off your shoulders. This
is a given. If you do so, it will only make your shadow be
perpendicular to your movement and these can be seen by your
Most importantly, have fun!
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