I’ve been hunting for years in the states. Since I’ve moved to Hawaii and started an Oahu restoration cleaning services company, I’ve just been hunting wild boars up in the beautiful mountains. But, these tips still holds true and are universal.
Hunting is fun, but it can also be difficult especially for newbies. And there’s an element of danger involved, since firearms are part of the activity. Follow these outdoor hunting tips to make hunting easier, safer, and definitely a lot more enjoyable:
- Don’t move when you make a noise. Did you just step on a twig and made some noise as a result? If so, freeze! You can bet that any animals nearby won’t merely disregard the ruckus you made. They’ll stop and then stare at your direction for a long while, trying to see if something is moving. If they don’t see you moving, then there’s a chance that they’ll resume whatever it was they were doing.
- Don’t be in a hurry. Hunting requires that you move slowly, and often you will have to stay still for a few minutes. You can practice this at home, simply by staying still while you check your watch. You should get used to freezing for at least 5 minutes at a time.
- Sometimes you do need to hurry. Yes, this may seem like contradictory advice, but it makes sense. That’s because you want to sound like you’re a squirrel or some other small animal trying to scurry quickly through the woods. Many prey animals like deer are alarmed by regular footfalls, as they’ve learned that these presage human hunters. So every now and then, take quick yet light-footed steps for about 10 yards or so before you stand still for 5 minutes.
- Use your hunting binoculars. When you’re using your binoculars in the early morning, check the likely spots carefully. Then every now and then, refocus on the spots that you’ve already checked. The light changes as time passes, so the light may reveal animals you may have missed before. The animals may also have come into that spot after you’ve last checked it.
- Follow a fresh trail carefully. Prey animals have learned to be paranoid, so they’re very much alert to their back trail. If the track you’re following is fresh, then you can’t just follow that trail. You’ll need to freeze every now and then to avoid spooking the animal you’re tracking.
- Try to anticipate. If you’re stalking an animal that’s on the move, try to watch it for a while. See if you can discover its direction and pace so you can find where it’s going. That should help you pick the right path to traverse so you can wait for the animal to come to you.
- Use landmarks to find your spot. One common strategy is to stalk an animal and then make a big circle so you come up from behind it. But as you move to another location it’s easy to find yourself confused as to where you are. To help guide you to the right area, try to use a distinctive object on the skyline. This can be a rock, a fence line, or a huge tree.