The inexperienced hunter has much to be gained from successful hunters. If you are trying to strike out on your own there are a few basic rules to follow. Animals rely mainly on the 3 senses of smell, sight, and hearing to help them evade you. As you become more experienced you will be able to recognize the shortcomings of your prey. Perhaps, some of the following tips will help you to hunt a little smarter.
- When hunting in the mountains hunt from the top down. Getting above the animal will help with the element of surprise. Animals expect danger to come from below and move up the mountain.
- Remember the camouflage. Try to make your clothing blend with the area.
- You will become very visible and suspicious to the animal if you allow yourself to be silhouetted on the skyline.
- It will be hard for the animal to see you if you keep the sun behind you, and will keep the sun out of your eyes.
- If the animal doesn’t flee when it sees you don’t go directly towards it. Start a zig zag pattern, moving only when it is eating and freeze when it looks up.
- Try to locate where the animal will likely be so that you can see it first.
- Scout around for fresh signs like tracks or warm droppings.
- Try to locate a well-traveled trail, watering hole, or a feeding spot and wait quietly for the animal to come to you.
- You have a great advantage over a moving animal if you are motionless, so stop often & move very slowly.
- Peek very carefully over the crest of the hill and examine the distance & then up closer.
- In dense woods silence is essential. Don’t step on dry sticks, leaves, or push through bushes.
- Sometimes a strange noise like a whistle will cause an animal to stand still long enough for you to get a good shot
- For most animals you need to aim at the head, neck or just behind the shoulder.
- If you have only managed to wound an animal don’t follow it too closely. It may run for miles unless you allow it time to bleed and weaken.
These are just a few helpful hints for the beginning hunter. You will become more successful as you learn the habits of the animals and become familiar with the area where you are hunting. Don’t become discouraged, try to hunt smarter.