Hunting Season: When and What to Hunt
Hunting has long been practiced in many parts of the world by men of all ages. Some start out in their teenage years with the mentoring of their fathers or grandfathers, while others are invited for games and hunting excursions by friends. Various instruments such as bows and arrows, shot guns, rifles and even hounds are used to hunt, pursue, trap and kill an animal. The uses and benefits of hunting range from necessity to hobbies. It is considered a means to provide food on the table, as a recreational sport for the rich, as a means of trade for the businessman, as pest control for modern wildlife management, and as tradition in a number of countries and states.
As per tradition, a specific set of animals is usually hunted in a country. For Australia, special permits are required by the government to hunt deer, pigs, goats, foxes and rabbits. In the United Kingdom, deer stalking is executed with the use of rifles, and sometimes, is also carried out by using animal scents that are tracked by well-trained hounds. Pheasants, which are largely considered as game birds, are also hunted and killed by rifles and shotguns. The New Zealand government allows the hunting of animals like deer, pigs, goats, rabbits, hare, tahr and chamois since they’ve deemed these animals as pest due to the country’s lack of natural predators to stop the overabundance in population of these creatures in the wild.
In the world today, wildlife animals such as mammals and birds are usually the hunted. There are different self-proclaimed hunting capitals in the world, the conditions of which is greatly affected by factors such as migration patterns of the animals and the state’s hunting laws. We’ve compiled some of these hunting capitals for your convenience and guide in choosing where to hunt and when to do so.
Stuttgart, Arkansas: Duck Hunting Capital of the World
Arkansas is located in the South eastern part of the United States. With a temperate climate, it has weather and food conditions that are of much favor to migrating waterfowl. When passing by Stuttgart, the ducks stop to rest, feed, and sometimes even stay for the winter since there is sure to be abundance in both water and rice. Saskatchewan Waterfowl is also hunted in Canada and Argentina.
Eagle Lake, Texas: Goose Hunting Capital of the World
Texas is one of the mostly populated states in the US. It is also called the Goose Country of the world. A variety of wildlife also thrives in Texan environment. It has wide variations in temperature and multiple climate zones. Geese come to rest, drench in the bright sunshine and feed on the abundance of rice stubble.
Albany, Georgia: Quail Hunting Capital of the World
In the heart of Southwest Georgia, quails usually stop and feed in the fields, and oftentimes stay for some time. Hunting of these species in Georgia is usually done by using shotguns and hounds to use scent tracking and detect where the flock of birds are located. Over time, however, quail hunting has deteriorated due to various reasons such as the increase in population of predators such as coyotes. Quail hunting is also done in Missouri.
Buffalo County, Wisconsin: Whitetail Deer Capital of the World
A whitetail deer is a reddish to grayish American deer with a white color on both its belly and the underside of its tail. The deer (or sometimes called buck) in Wisconsin have large antlers which are hunted and at the same time managed and conserved by the government. Buck hunting is one of the favorite past times in Wisconsin. This species is also hunted in New Zealand, North America, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Hunting is a sport that has been practiced around the globe for hundreds of years. Just make sure to check the laws and required permits of the state you wish to have the excursion in before you go along and enjoy the adventure. These laws are meant to protect the endangered animals and also to ensure your safety while hunting.