Many hunters fall into the trap of being successful one season, only to find themselves coming up empty-handed the following season. Is hunting merely a matter of luck and perfect timing? Or can we extract tips and methods in order to consistently improve our hunting experience? This guide provides a brief insight into the tactics used by hunters that can repeatedly catch their game and bring home the rewards of their efforts.
Being Aware of Travel Patterns
Although finding deer trails and local drinking areas is a no-brainer for hunters, understanding how to navigate yourself as you enter your hunting area is more complex. Many newcomers find themselves entering their intended hunting location without giving much thought into the local environment of their prey. This can lead to a conflict when you cross through bedding areas, heavily traveled paths, and encroach on breeding grounds. When you fail to move in a stealth-like fashion as you approach your stand or blind, you create a warning sign to the animals in the area that something is wrong. This will thwart off any chance that you may have of snagging that large game you’ve been so desperately waiting for.
Instead, follow uncommon paths and long approaches to your area in order to keep the animals in the area from knowing that you’ve entered their domain.
Improve Your Aim
Another issue that we run into is that of having lackluster aim when it comes time to take our shot. Have you found yourself in a position where you simply missed your intended target, or worse-yet, hitting them in a non-vital location only to have the animal suffer? In order to shoot like a sniper you must have the proper gear and practice your aim prior to the season you intend to hunt in. A couple tips for improving the overall accuracy of your shot are as follows:
- Improper scope mounting and alignment can lead to missed shots.
- Take your rifle to the range as often as possible in order to feel comfortable with your gun and understand its shot pattern.
- Calculate wind direction and strength prior to taking a shot at your target.
In conjunction with the methods above, a hunter needs to be aware of their breathing while taking a shot. The advice that most hunters follow is to hold their breath prior to taking a shot at their target. Although this method seems to work decently, professional marksmen monitor their natural breathing rhythm in order to take the most accurate shot. Instead of holding your breath, become aware of how long it takes you to breathe in and breathe out. Always time your shot a second after you breathe all the air out of your lungs. This will still the body in order to produce the most accuracy.
Last but certainly not least is the timing of your intended hunt. If you plan on having a successful hunt, you need to get to the area as soon as possible. Big Game Logic reports that the best time to have a successful hunt is the weekend when the season starts.
Planning your trip any later than this will prove to be detrimental to your overall success as the animals are aware of hunters in the area.