Hunting is a popular pastime throughout the world. Hunting animals is generally done for sport, food, or for trade purposes. Many hunters enjoy the thrill of hunting and the feeling of danger and exhilaration that comes with it. Regardless of whether they hunt for sport, as a hobby, for a living, or to take pleasure in, hunting is a very interesting activity.
The types of animals that can be hunted are varied depending on your preference and the area that you live in. Most people hunt anything from large animals like deer, boar, elk, moose, and bear to smaller animals such as rabbits, squirrels, and many different species of birds, like ducks and the specklebelly goose.
Although hunting may seem pretty easy, there is a lot that you need to take into account. Below we have given you some basic hunting tips to follow on your next hunting trip:
Cover Up Your Scent
Remember that you are visiting an animal’s habitat. They spend most of their time here and are aware of their surroundings at all times. This includes scents, so always make sure you use scent free soap before going hunting. As far as your hunting clothes go, you can store them in a container with twigs and leaves to give it an earthly scent or you can use a scent to attract your buck.
Many people use doe estrous while hunting deer—however, this can cause more harm than good if you use it during the wrong time of the season. A better option is using buck scent to cover up. The wind will carry the scent all over your hunting area, which will target other buck’s territorial instincts and make them check out who is in their territory.
Practice Using Tree Stand or Blind
It might seem silly at first, but you should always practice entering and exiting your tree stand or blind before hunting season. You can have the best spot for a tree stand, but it will do you no good if you have no cover and all the animals will notice you. You should always prioritize concealing yourself and your gear.
Another thing is most animals are extremely aware of all types of noises. Making a noise that is strange or unfamiliar to them will get you notice and can ruin your entire hunting trip.
Research Hunting Grounds by Looking at Aerial View
Not knowing every detail about your hunting grounds can put you in a predicament or cost you a good hunt. This is why it is always good to know the land before going out on a hunt. One good way to do it is to analyzing the aerial view of the area. Thanks to technology, anyone can do this nowadays by simply getting online and looking at a satellite view of the area on Google maps.
Don’t Do Any Work to Your Hunting Area During Hunting Season
It might be tempting to do some last-minute work to your hunting area. From clearing trees or even branches to making sure you have a clear path to the area you will be hunting. These are all good ideas, but this is something you will have to do during the summer or before hunting season starts. This is because most animals are completely aware of their habitats at all times, seeing cleared branches or smelling fresh cut timber can alert them of human presence and spook them.
Always Wear Safety Gear
Hunting accidents are very common and can even be deadly. The sport of hunting should be taken extremely serious and safety should always be in every hunter's mind. This is especially true if you are hunting solo since getting hurt can keep you from going to find help. This is why it is important to always wear safety gear. A good idea is to wear a hunting vest so that if there happens to be another hunter in the area, they can easily spot you. Not wearing a hunting vest can result in you being confused for an animal or another hunter overlooking you when checking to see if they have a clear shot.
Always Treat Your Weapon Like It is Loaded
Every hunter should be educated when it comes to gun safety. Handling firearms should always be done with extreme precaution. This will ensure the handler and everyone around them stays safe. Every weapon should be treated like it is loaded even if you are sure it is not. When you are not using your weapons, they should be put away in a safe case to avoid any accidents. Even if you are sure your weapon is unloaded, always double and triple check to avoid any problems.
Silence is Key
Always remember that you are the predator and the animal you are hunting is your prey. This animal has adapted over many years to have the best chance of survival possible. This means that their hearing is a lot better than yours is. An animal can be spooked by noises that they do not recognize. Even when walking, try to walk as quietly as possible or try to mimic your prey if you can. Most animal’s hearing is so good that hearing a twig snap the wrong way will spook them from the area for the day.
Know When to Use Calls
Animal calls can be very beneficial when you are out hunting. They can be a great tool for attracting or calling the right animal to the perfect spot so you can take your shot. However, using a call at the wrong time can hurt your hunt. When using calls, try to make them sound as natural as possible. Don’t make too many calls because it might sound suspicious. If you are hunting deer and get a buck to look your way don’t keep calling, be patient and let him walk to you. Making another call while the deer is looking for the source of the call can get you noticed and spook your deer.
Try to Leave the Same Way You Came In
Even though your day of hunting is finished, your hunting season isn't. Taking short cuts, new routes, or walking too close to feeding grounds can confuse animals and spook them. If the animal feels threatened enough, they might even move to a new area and look for a new source of food.
Patience is Key
Patience is always key when it comes to hunting. There will be days where you will be out all day and come home empty handed. The important part is to never give up and don’t get impatient. Being impatient can lead to a mistake and can cost you your entire trip. When you finally find the perfect buck, wait until you have the perfect shot before shooting, being impatient and shooting too soon can lead to a bad shot or even an accident. At the end of the day, your patience will pay off and reward you.
Hunting is a popular sport that dates back thousands and thousands of years. Hunting has changed tremendously since its early days. Although hunting can be a fun experience, it can also be dangerous. Following the above tips will help ensure you have a successful hunt and, more importantly, that you stay safe.