Hello, my friend and welcome back! I have another guest post for you today from Sheldon Martin, who submitted it. Predator hunting is something we all need to know about and not just the 2 legged variety. Sheldon offers some good advice in the story below and I hope you will enjoy it. Grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
Thinking of hunting a predator next?
Needless to say, predators are more difficult to hunt than prey animals, and the hunt for predators require more training and experience. As a hunter speaking for myself, I say that predator-hunting requires years of experience and practice before you can get it done right. We all start somewhere, thus, I’ve written this article on easy tactics to predator hunting success for novice hunters out there.
Let me say outright that predator hunting is as dangerous as it is difficult, and even with the best tactical pen in your pocket, you may not be successful the first time. Remember: patience and perseverance is key.
1. Safety First!
While predator hunting, it’s needless to say that we’re not dealing with easy targets. Of course, you need to exercise caution in every move, as these animals are strong and can be aggressive when they need to. For predator hunting success, you need to be uninjured and alive to be able to achieve that.
Therefore, before you go out predator hunting, you must have a lot of experience under your belt. You need to be able to tread swiftly and quietly, and you should know what to do in certain situations where Plan A doesn’t work. If you’re a beginner, I suggest tagging up with a more experienced hunter for your first predator hunt.
Safety also coincides with preparedness. A hunter that is prepared has better chances of surviving than one that is not. For example, you are unexpectedly injured while hunting; a first aid kit or radio can save you. Thus. I recommend preparing your backpack with all the essential equipment.
Moreover, learn to invest in high-quality gear and equipment, as these have better features and more durability. So instead of getting a cheap knife, buy the best tactical knife there is.
2. Practice your shooting
Make sure your shooting isn’t rusty.
An agitated predator is more dangerous. How do you get an agitated predator? By shooting it in a non-fatal spot. You can only hunt a predator effectively if you can successfully shoot it in its fatal spots, such as the head, chest area, and heart.
That is why I recommend beginners and even novices to practice their shooting, even if you feel like a pro at it already. In the field, you cannot afford mistakes, especially when hunting fierce animals.
What are you waiting for? Head on down to the target range so you can prepare for your next big predator hunt!
3. Learn how to set traps and use calls and scents
Predators can be more easily hunted by using calls and scents. A properly demonstrated call and a strategically placed scent can lure that coyote or bear in no time. If you don’t have the skill of the call, you can purchase pre-recorded ones that sound almost the same as a natural call. Of course, scents should also be used correctly in order to be effective.
Trapping can also make the job easier, and most hunters prefer this way of hunting predators. Not all animals fall for the same traps, so make sure to customize your trap according to the animal you’re hunting. There are a lot of information online about this matter, so make sure you read before heading out.
Using these strategies apart from hunting the animal yourself can greatly increase the chances of predator hunting success.
4. Be physically fit
A hunter needs to be fit in order to hunt effectively.
Predator hunting is no joke, and it is dangerous. That is why I recommend my readers to be on their best physical status before embarking on this task. Why? As a predator hunter, you need to be agile, fast, and strong. These qualities will lessen the chances of you getting mauled by your prey, while increasing the chances of you getting your prize.
If you can’t achieve the ideal physical status, make sure to hunt with others who do. Remember: hunting in numbers is better than hunting alone, especially if you’re targeting aggressive and strong animals.
5. Learn how to be stealthy
Stealth is key to predator hunting success, as these animals have heightened senses that can either cause them to 1) run away, or 2) attack the hunter. Stealth means you can move stealthily, even through a brush where you can make as little noise as possible.
Other than moving stealthily, you also need to learn how to blend into your surroundings. This means camouflage, as well as removing all traces of human scent from your clothes and your weapon. Most animals have a heightened sense of smell, so you need to rid yourself of human odor to achieve maximum stealth.
6.Know the animal
Before you set on your endeavor to hunt the, say, biggest grizzly possible, you need to get to know the animal first. What do I mean by this? I mean, research on your target animal. Read up on its habits, diet, peak season, fatal spots, likes and dislikes, calls, hunting tips, as well as what to do when caught in a sticky situation with this animal.
It pays to be prepared, and that I can vouch for due to my past experiences with hunting predators. Although not all hunts are successful, it still is a good idea to be informed on the animal you’re hunting rather than not know anything at all (or know a little knowledge from hearsay).
Remember, knowledge is wealth! In hunting, this applies greatly, too.
7.Optimize your weapon.
Know the right caliber bullet.
It is a given that predators also have appropriate weapons to use for them. Of course, you cannot shoot a mountain lion with a small caliber gun and expect it to topple immediately. To be more successful with your hunting, align your weapon with the type of animal you’re hunting. This way, you can optimize your weapon and select the ideal caliber bullets.
Moreover, you also need to take into account what you’ll be doing with the animal after. If you’re going to hang its skin, it may be better to use long, narrow bullets instead of big ones to be able to preserve the fur. This also applies for other situations and preferences, you just need to adjust your weapon according to them.
If you’re not sure about what type of weapon or bullet you should use, consult with a local gun store owner or a more experienced hunter.
This list comprises of easy tactics to predator hunting success, and let me tell you, this article is just the tip of the iceberg. Of course, I cannot say everything associated with predator hunting, since most of them you need to discover by yourself. However, this list contained some of the most important tips you need before you go predator hunting.
I hope you liked this article as much as I did writing it. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this with your friends as well. Thanks for reading!
Title: Easy Tactics to Predator Hunting Success| A Novice’s Guide
Desc: Do you feel that it’s time to move to the next step and hunt predators instead of prey? Read on these easy tactics to predator hunting success to ensure the best prize.
Sheldon Martin is the founder of Captain Hunter. CaptainHunter.com is a site dedicated to the sport of hunting. We have a deep respect for nature and for the environment, and we therefore take the sport of hunting very seriously. Never think that you are alone in the woods again. Our goal is to share what we know with who needs it most.
Well, that’s it for today and I hope you have enjoyed this post. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!
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