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Sound like a human, so TALK Wear a bright orange vest, and other bright (not white) clothing Try not to hike deer routes in the peak times (6am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm) Similar to the one above, stay on trail. Generally large game are the seasons of highest concern (deer mostly) Your local DNR (Department of Natural Resources) website (example) will have ...


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The most important thing is to know what is being hunted so you can know how the hunters should be approaching their prey. It's best to talk to several hunters to find out from them where they will be concentrating, but it's hard to control for any random person with their own ideas about how they will be approaching their hunting. The vast majority of ...


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It depends on what the game does and starts when you take your shot. If the game drops: Do NOT move. Sit and watch it. Wait at least 15 minutes. Often game will drop and freeze, even when injured, then stand up minutes later and stroll off. If it stands, shoot it. If you miss again, follow steps in the next part. If the game runs: Mark where the ...


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In the UK you should probably contact the RSPCA or RSPB. I think RSCPA is probably best as they actually do welfare stuff whereas RSPB is about conservation. They should have the best knowledge of whether the bird needs to be killed and how best to do it. I presume other countries have similar charities. If you need to kill the bird yourself I think the ...


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Glass generally means using your binoculars or scope to look for game.


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You'll actually want to prepare before you go hiking: Understand what hunting regulations are in force (ie is there an allowed hunt?) Use a whitelist rather than blacklist (ie understand the common birds you can shoot) Understand where you are allowed to shoot Then, once hiking, if you see a bird not on your whitelist, just leave it be. This way saves a ...


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Well, urine has a strong smell, and rabbits are very sensitive to smells. Too sensitive, in fact - human urine will repel, not attract rabbits and is sometimes even suggested as a means to keep them out of gardens. Rabbit urine, on the other hand, could definitely work, there's a good chance that rabbits in the vicinity would come to inspect what strange ...


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As a rancher, I routinely have to dispatch injured birds. If you don't have a knife handy, there are two ways: Grasp the bird by the head and use a whipping motion to decapitate. The body separates from the head. Toss the head. Another way is to do pretty much the same thing and rapidly rotate the body of the bird, but with less force - this breaks the ...


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It's much easier to know what's not protected than to try to know what is protected. In most of the United States there are only a handful of birds you can legally hunt, and only during "season". This is a general guideline, that can help you narrow it down and not waste time, but this does not replace picking up a DNR guide for your area. The easiest ...


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With the bow it is not the speed of the arrow but the power it is packing. I think the general speed is around 300 fps (90 m/s). There are some compound bows that can shoot faster with thin diameter arrows. Usually 55 lbs draw is enough to kill any large game. I shoot a 65 lb take down recurve when I train. Than I switch my bow limbs for 50 when I hunt ...


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Some people refer to binoculars as spyglasses, or 'glass' for short.


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Though I have never been hunting, neither have got into a situation where I had to bank on wildlife for survival, I had once imagined and practiced a very basic snaring technique, without involving an animal in real. But, this technique that I am going to explain is NOT necessarily the best one to implement under extreme circumstances. Things you need: ...


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This is not exactly a direct answer but may be more appropriate: I feel that signposting a snare is a good way of getting your game stolen so in general I would advise not signposting but instead making the snare where animals will go but not where humans will walk. This is a lot easier than it sounds- you can usually spot popular routes for small animals ...


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The best way I have found, assuming you are in the USA, is to go to that state's DNR website. They will have a map with all public land and what can be harvested from that land. This I found to be the most helpful starting point for finding public land. From there the most helpful person you can find would be a local DNR agent. They spend their time on ...


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Our family are members of the NRA. If you're interested at all in where to hunt in the US, I would recommend both NRA online articles and their search tool here: http://www.nrahuntersrights.org/PlacestoHunt.aspx The list includes locations and regulations for public hunting lands in just about every state.


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In short - be sensible. Make yourself easily seen and heard, don't walk near somewhere you hear gunfire, and where possible stick to open areas on clear, marked paths. Of course, I'd also question the wisdom of hiking somewhere when hunting is happening; if there's a sensible alternative that seems like the logical option. In terms of where to look for ...


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I started with a buddy of mine. So he had most of the gear that was needed. I just needed to buy a gun, do hunter safety, waiters and some camo. Now if you're not in a situation where you have someone who already hunts you might need to do a fair amount of local research. The basics you will need are what I had to buy a gun, waiters, and some camo. With ...


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Yes, deer will smell your bug spray. Even if you use all the fancy scent-eliminating sprays, soaps, and clothing detergents they can still smell you if you are sweaty. Most important is the wind factor: Deer will smell you if they are downwind of you. NRA hunting advice for first-time deer hunters: http://www.nrainsights.org/Five_Things_fs.php. I would ...


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The Arizona Game and Fish Department shows a mountain lion hunting season from August through May. The International Union for Conservation of Nature gives the puma conservation status as Least Concern.


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Follow their patterns. You need to know where they sleep, eat, and drink. 20 acres is small, are they only on your property for food? water? Can they get these anywhere else? Find the trail and be patient. You will almost never see deer in the middle of the day. Dawn and dusk are your friends. If they are sleeping on your property stalk hunt them. ...


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As you specifically mentioned Southern Nevada Mojave Desert, if you come across a snake and considering the worst case its a venomous snake, then its very likely to be a Rattlesnake or a Side Winder or an Adder. The best way to avoid trouble with venomous reptiles is to be aware of your surroundings and observe some rules for your own safety. Most bites ...


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From gov.uk you can hunt the following legally: Birds You don’t need a licence to hunt: game birds, eg pheasants and grouse quarry birds and certain wild birds, eg moorhens and woodcock certain waterfowl, eg some ducks and geese Deer You don’t need a licence to hunt deer in open season. Open season varies by region and species. ...


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It appears that there is a way to get your wild game graded. As allowed by law, for field-dressed wild game animals under a routine inspection program that ensures the animals: (a) Receive a postmortem examination by an approved veterinarian or veterinarian's designee, or (b) Are field-dressed and transported according to requirements ...


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A slingshot, as has already been mentioned, is a very efficient method of accelerating shot, or pebbles if you must, to hunt small game. A Sling is something that hasn't been mentioned. It takes an awful lot of practice to get good enough to hunt reliably with one, but it can be done. It is more forgiving that a slingshot in terms of what ammo you use, so ...


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It requires a fair amount of skill to be highly accurate with (more than I ever developed anyway) but the elastic-band slingshot meets these requirements. Flat-band (as opposed to tubular) slingshots in particular can achieve a high velocity making them effective in both external and terminal ballistics. There are few tools lighter than a standard wooden Y ...


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A hunting rifle with a telescopic sight (called a 'scope') can also be used as a basic telescope to view distant objects (called 'glassing') but note this practice this is considered by hunters to be exceptionally poor field craft for a few reasons. 1) To use the telescopic sight mounted on a rifle as a basic telescope, the rifle must be pointed at the ...


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I'm no herpetologist, but in my experience, snakes are in the "you don't bug me, I won't bug you" category. If you're sitting in a blind and are still, you aren't likely to surprise them. Surprising a snake or making it feel endangered is what causes most bites. If you're still, they'll tend to just pass by without bothering you, and will likely detect you ...


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I can't find any immediate answer regarding rabbits in the mountains, but I was able to find a "mountain goat action plan" from the National Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/management/upload/Mountain-Goat-ACTION-PLAN_2011_Final.pdf Of particular note is that the mountain goats have become nuisances, and will stamp and lick human urine ...


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You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Hunting dogs are trained from pups, you wouldn't necessarily confuse your dog, but you might discover that it doesn't do the best job of what you want it to do (rips your birds apart while retrieving them, isn't fast enough to catch rabbits and foxes, leads you to a steaming pile of poop instead of following a blood ...


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According to USDA Guidelines, meat should be refrigerated within two hours. Obviously a gunshot wound is far different from exposed meat, but the principle is the same - get the meat cold as soon as possible. The skin is going to act as packaging for the meat, but you don't want to leave it out all day. Once the blood has stopped pumping, there is nothing ...



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