To endure the extreme conditions of a survival situation, animal fats and proteins must be eaten regularly, and survival hunting is an essential skill. Such situations are a drain on a person’s energy. Potentially inclement weather forces your body to metabolize calories at an increased rate to stay warm, and performing the physical tasks needed to take care of your body uses a lot of energy. The concentrated calories from wild edible animals obtained through survival hunting are an efficient way to keep the internal fire burning. Hunting in the wild is not at all an easy task. You should definitely be well aware of your surroundings and lead a very disciplined time in order to survive. In this blog we are going to discuss a few points that will help you to hunt in the wild terrain and also be more efficient now.
1. Do Your Research - If you are planning a hunting trip in an area that you are not familiar with, always do your research well before your outing to give yourself adequate time to prepare. Knowing what type of animals frequent the area is an integral part of your preparation. This can help you prepare for coming across that animal and allow you to take the necessary preventative measures to mitigate your chances of an encounter in the first place. For example, knowing that bears frequent a certain area will affect how and where you set up camp to avoid attracting them to your campsite. Use online hunting forums to come into contact with hunters who hunt the area often and ask them about their experience and what to expect. You may also want to consider getting in touch with a local park ranger or the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the area, as these individuals are intimately aware of the wildlife within their jurisdictions.
2. Check Your Equipment - Before heading out, double check your equipment and make sure it is in good working condition. It is essential that all food and water containers are waterproof and airtight, as food scents can attract unwanted and hungry wildlife guests to your campsite. Double-check the gun that you are carrying and whether you have carried all the bullets or not. Whether you are using the AR 10 rifle or other hunting weapon, you should definitely fire one blank round to make sure that the weapon is all loaded and good to go. Check your bags to find out if you have carried other equipment like the first aid box, clean drinking water and various other items. You should also carry a tent, solar headlamp and a fire extinguisher to prevent any risk.
3. Learn About the Breeding Seasons - Female animals with offspring are among the most dangerous animals. If you are hunting during a breeding season, keep as much distance between yourself and female predators and their young as possible. Even animals that would normally avoid human interaction can become aggressive when they are young. Make sure you are aware of the breeding habits of predators in your vicinity and avoid hunting at these times if possible. One of the best traits of a hunter is to be knowledgeable and really aware of what is happening around them. That is why you should be very well aware of whether the area you are going to shoot is going through a breeding season or not. If yes, then you have to be extra careful dealing with the animals and trying to interact with them.
4. Species-Specific Safety - Wild animal encounters can be unsettling and knowing what to do in species-specific circumstances is your best bet for making it out unscathed. For instance, in the lower 48, there are two types of bears that you are most likely to encounter: grizzly bears and black bears. While much of the advice that pertains to one also relates to the other, there are a few distinctions concerning the different species and how you should react in case of a bear attack. Grizzly bears are brown, large, and extremely aggressive. Black bears are black, smaller, and not as aggressive as a grizzly, but still a threat in their own right. If you come across either type of bear, but they have not yet seen you, back away as slowly and as quietly as possible.
If the bear notices you, identify yourself as a human and not prey by speaking calmly and slowly waving your arms while holding your ground. At this point, the bear may rear up on its hind legs to get a better look at you. This is curiosity behavior and shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a threat. So, you have to be patient.
5. You Must Be Patient - Something that many beginning hunters struggle with is the amount of time waiting involved. Hunting requires patience and a lot of it. Even while you are walking through the woods, you should move extra slowly and use caution because you never know what is around the corner. Some people that elk hunt can go out every day for a week and still not get a shot. But when you least expect it, the perfect opportunity will present itself. Being impatient out in the woods is one of the worst things that you can actually do.
6. Eliminate Any Noise You Can - One of the best hunting tips for beginners that you can practice is being as quiet as possible. Animals have much stronger senses than humans do and can hear small noises from a distance. Simply stepping on a twig and having it break can scare away animals when they are on high alert. Try to avoid getting food or equipment that is noisy. Anything with velcro should be left at home and don’t even think about bringing potato chips as a snack. Don't run around when you are hunting. This can make a lot of noise and vibrations that animals can easily perceive. So you should take your steps slowly and with great caution all the time.
7. Clean Your Surroundings - A beginning hunter would never think to pack a broom with them on a hunting trip. Although it may sound strange, it couldn’t hurt to bring one. Walking through the forest will mean that you are picking up leaves, dirt, and debris. Typically before people go inside deer blinds, they get rid of this debris. Unfortunately, if leaves are piling up, you may give yourself away to the animals by having to walk through it. Instead, you should grab the broom and clean up a path so that you can silently make it to your position. You don’t need to worry about disinfecting anything. It is important not to put any extra scents into the air, otherwise, they can be a dead give away to animals.
So, here are some of the top tips that you should follow when you are going out for a hunting trip out in the woods. Each of these points have been tried and tested which makes them even more important for a beginner. Make sure to follow them and have a very successful hunting trip.