Hunting on public land can be an exercise in futility. This is especially true in the world of deer and other big game. Many parcels of land open to anyone feature plenty of hunters and little if any game. That’s reality, but it doesn’t always ring true when dealing with feathered quarry.
Whether you like to watch wildlife from your living-room window or from a treestand while hunting, or if you travel to far-off destinations to watch birds, a pair of quality binoculars and/or a spotting scope enhance(s) the experience.
Most hunters have blood-trailed deer or another big-game animal. Those who haven’t either have poor luck or haven’t been hunting very long. Tracking a double lunged or heart-shot deer is often simple, but marginal hits always make tracking difficult. Regardless of how long you’ve been hunting or how many perfect shots you’ve made, you’ll eventually face a challenging blood trail.
Tracking with dust and other natural substances and using environmentally friendly substances to enhance sign, have been in existence since our ancestors used them for hunting prey. Indeed, recorded examples, ancient sketches, and cave paintings show tracking methods using powders and dust as far back as prehistoric times.
Since the first time man attached the wheel onto an axle, I would wager he was already thinking about how this invention could help him travel faster and farther while carrying a bigger payload. Fast forward some 5,000 years, and not much about that thought process has really changed.
As deer became more abundant, we left squirrel hunting by the wayside and hunted deer almost exclusively. But as of late, American hunters are remembering how fun and practical squirrel hunting can be and are realizing how good squirrel can taste when prepared correctly.
Shooters tend to blame the bow, the scope, or both when having difficulty getting their crossbows dialed in. But today’s bows and optics are so well designed and constructed that nine times out of 10 a zeroing issue rests with the person pulling the trigger.
There is no other wild, four-legged animal of any size or species that have had the explosive population increase across the North America as the Canis Latrans — the coyote.
Becoming a proficient hunter and shooter certainly isn’t easy. It’s often a challenging proposition that involves many frustrating experiences. Most of my own abilities have developed throughout five decades of squeezing the trigger in various shooting and hunting venues around the world.
I remember back in 2007 the story about a National Park Service biologist working at the Grand Canyon that died after contracting the Black Death, also known as wildlife disease. If you like to go hunting or trapping is part of your survival skillset, you should take all the necessary precautions to avoid contacting wildlife disease.
In the United States, the wild hog numbers are soaring and farmers across the nation are being harassed by these invasive animals. The main problem is that no one really knows the exact number of these feral porkers and they seem to be running around the countries undisturbed. Luckily, the wild hog hunter can help trim their population and hopefully, stop them from conquering new grounds.