Hunting Tactics In The Past The Still Works
Technology has improved a lot of things, hunting included. However, it has not strictly reduces the claims of old strategies. In fact, there are still some old techniques that prove their worth in today’s hunting grounds. If you take notice of them, then you’ll be able to add more in your list of strategies.
Here are some old-school techniques that you may want to consider using in your next hunting trip:
Using Crunchy Leaves
It is often repeated how staying silent is essential so as not to draw attention to yourself. However, you bane can also be your boon. Use noise to listen to the animal coming to you.
To start, approach a place known for having deer, preferably ones with crunchy leaves spread all over them. Since, you cannot possibly stay quiet, use grunts and bleats. It’s better if you act like a deer yourself so you will not alarm the animal. To do this, push down your toe, from your leading foot, and bring your heel down. Repeat this with another foot. When you have an angle that puts you on range, don’t hesitate and shoot directly.
Follow logger’s trail
During logging season, animals tend to use the freshly cut treetops as a food source. Therefore, if you follow a logger’s trail, there’s a big possibility that it will lead you towards a deer or some other animal. You need to scout at midday and set your trap in the evening. When it’s snowing, it’ll be a whole lot easier for you as the logs become the main source of food.
Determine track age
When you are on the trail and don’t know whether you are following a new or old track, then you can determine its age in few easy steps. In the past, it’s done by punching next to the track and comparing the two. You have to look at the edges and outlines of both imprints. If you think they visually match, then the track is fresh. This technique, however, is more useful during winter hunting as you can use snow as a determiner.
Carry one with you
Animals usually have good sense of smell. In old times, they use this to their advantage, especially in mating season. Hunters would bring an animal (preferably a female) during their trip. The wind would do its job and spread the animal’s scent. If there are any males nearby, you are most likely to have them coming toward you. In order for you to know when it is coming, pause every now and then, listen for steps, and check your backtrail.
Use Pee Pattern
This is specially useful when hunting deer. If you want to know whether you are tracking a buck or a doe, just study its pee. If it has an imaginary line that connects the yellow puddle to the rear hoof print, then it’s most likely a doe. If there is a yellow hole and traces of pellets, then it’s most likely a buck.
Once you’ve determined your game’s gender, you can devise a better plan in capturing it.
Shoot Using Iron Sights
When you’re hunting on a ground which provides you with good wooded cover, animals tend to come to you closely. In such situation, you will not even need objective lens. Be alert, keep your eyes open, and concentrate on your front sight. You can practice doing this by shooting targets 40-50 yards away. If, in such situation, the animal jumps at you, you have to be quick and shoot.
Imitate animal calls
Before bleat cans are invented, people just tend to imitate the calls of the animals they are hunting using their voices. If you don’t know how, then you can use other techniques. You can tap or scuff leaves with a stick to imitate the sound of a doe’s footfall. You can also rub a stick against a sapling to imitate a buck’s sound.