Sunday, December 31, 2006
Now lets talk alittle bit about time. Time is the key element to hunting. Being in the right place at the right time is the key factor to being successful at hunting. For this reason alone you need to get out and study the terrain. Take in as much knowledge about the terrain as possible.Food availability,water sources, fields, fences,old rubs, funnels, escape routes, trails, cover and bedding areas all play an important role in your success of hunting.Many trips to the woods will be necessary to perceive all the knowledge necessary for you to advance your skills and techniques which will allow you to become the best possible hunter you can be and though this knowledge of the terrain you hunt you will be able to predict just where the game will travel at different times of the year, weeks and days. You can even predict the games time down to hours and minutes which means you will know what time to be in what stand to make your kill at any given time of day. Hunting can be a fun, enjoyable and memorable sport but only if you follow all the rules of the state laws and safety rules as well. Remember you don't have to harvest game every time you go hunting to have a great memory and adventure, just take along another safe hunting partner and remember the great time the two of you had while on you trip. Hunting with a partner is always the safest way to hunt. You should try to find a partner to hunt with that can be a "partner for life" . What I mean is find someone that enjoys hunting as much as you do. Someone who has the same code of ethics you have and follow, someone you trust to show and share your favorite hunting spots with and know they will take care of the property and game. Someone that you can trust not to disclose the location of your " honey hole " to anyone else except in emergency situations. Remember hunting with a partner could save your life one day.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
If your lucky enough to find such a farm take care of it,cherish the land,trees,fences,gates,game and your right to hunt the property. In the past the farms I' ve hunted without leasing I've always cleaned up trash lying around, mended fences and even offered the owner part or all of the game taken from his property after it was checked in , cleaned and packaged. Even if you don't take game from property you hunt offer the owner some game from your freezer as a gesture of good faith and friendship-remember he was probably a hunter once himself and would probably enjoy some wild game again but just doesn't have the time to go hunting anymore or you might even offer to take him along on one of your hunting trips. Although I have been talking about hunting in general and bow hunting there are more forms of hunting which we will talk about later such as gun hunting and the many different game animals and species of each but for now lets get back to our first and primary topic-hunting wild game. Man has studied many different predatory animals and taken their hunting techniques and applied them to the hunting abilities of man and found out it works very well when applied properly. Remember that no matter whether you hunt big game or small game there are many different techniques you can use to take the game your after. There are many books and magazines with different hunting techniques and tips which are very useful but the ones I favor as the best are "North American Hunter" and "Sports Afield" and although they talk about the different techniques used in other areas and on other game these techniques will work on your game as well when applied properly. No matter which books or magazines you read it all comes down to getting the full knowledge of how these techniques are used and applying the right technique to your hunting situation and remember if one technique doesn't work then try another cause what works on some game may not work on others,so learn as many different techniques as possible.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006Hunting has been around since the beginning of time. It was the caveman and dinosaurs that first hunted in groups or packs and the food harvested then shared by all.The Indians used the same traits while hunting buffalo on the great plains of the western world and even today many hunters will still meet at a pre-determined location and hunt in a group known as a drive.During a drive usually 2 - 4 people will be positioned in stands, blinds or on the ground in an area ahead of the drivers who will then form a line thru the woods and begin walking towards the shooters who had to carefully harvest the animals as they came within range of their weapons but also had to watch for the drivers so as not to cause injury to them or even death.This is a risky way of harvesting wild game but very effective.Clubs and spears was probably the first weapons used for hunting until such time as the discovery of the bow and arrow. Bows and arrows today can be found at any outdoor shop, some convenient stores and larger retail stores such as Walmart supercenters. Walmart is where I buy most all my products and supplies because of the brand names and varieties of their products.Though they may not be the very best brands they still serve the purpose for the amateur and novice hunters of today. Hunting has come a long way since the beginning of time,game has changed, equipment has changed, people have changed and even the land has changed or been changed. Today places that used to be all woods have been cut down and doziered away to make pastures and fields. Farms have been divided into smaller plots and sold off for residential building sites and much of the game driven off to other near by farms. People are more reluctant to let hunters hunt their property due to past experiences with hunters destroying their property. Now days it seems leasing farm property to hunt on is becoming very popular and about the only way to ensure a hunter a place to hunt.Though it can be very expensive for the hunter, it does ensure the property owner that the property will be properly taken care of throughout the time of the contract with the hunter(s) leasing the property. Don't get me wrong there are still farmers willing to let you hunt their property but be assured if it's damaged or destroyed the farmer will most likely stop allowing all hunting on his farm.