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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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This behavior is well-known to be honest. There's this myth that white-tail activity increases if it rains (the deer seeks shelter). However, the truth is that this doesn't really affect the daily routine. The animal just takes it as something what happens from time to time. As you may already know the two main sense of a deer is its ability to smell and ...


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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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unfortunately, you have limited choice. My suggestion is to hold the rabbit body in one hand, and the head in the other, quickly snapping the head up and backwards will break the spinal column and kill the rabbit quickly and painlessly.


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Compare a human skull to that of a deer. The human skull is dominated by the brain, so a shot to the head is likely to penetrate the cranium and brain. On the other hand, a deer brain is very small compared to the skull and presents a very small target. Furthermore there are bony stuctures which might deflect away a bullet or arrow. See this picture of a ...


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Unless the animal had entrails spilling out or was dragging its paralyzed hindquarters, probably best to give it the benefit of the doubt. It might recover.


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The head tends to be a harder target to hit than the vital organs in the center of the body, but a penetrating hit there is more likely to take a human or animal to unconsciousness and inability immediately. That's more important to do to a human who may have a weapon that can hit you back quickly, than it is to a nearly-defenseless animal you are hunting ...


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


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No! Don't do this with your own hands. You can't kill him instantly without pain and without blood. If you try to break his neck, very surely you won't know the correct moves which is needed for that, and you will cause only terrible pain for him. His neck is much stronger as you would think. The surest way is if you take him to an animal ambulance and let ...


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


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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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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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It would probably be best to leave the task of euthanizing the animal to the professionals, unless you are absolutely certain that the animal is enduring intense pain and suffering, and has no chance of recovering. If the animal is clearly dying a slow and painful death, you can ease its suffering, but if you're uncertain or uncomfortable doing it, you'll ...


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In theory you could hunt Mule Deer with .223. I had friends who hunt boar with .223 and mule dear aren't really any tougher than a boar. That being said, smaller caliber equals less expansion and kinetic force. That means you have to be more precise. If you are new to hunting, I would go with the classic .30-06. Good range, good ballistics, great range ...


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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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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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You can still buy those coolers at area grocery stores. If you're headed out of San Diego (where I'm at), I could give you the names of specific locations. There are also processors that will be waiting for you at the dock (in every major sport fishing location I've seen) that will chop and paper your catch. I think you could go from there, to a grocery ...


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It does apply, in some cases - it's actually a preference. For small game such as rabbits a neat little shot to the head with a high powered air rifle will kill the rabbit and save you from having to get the shot out afterwards. This is also most likely with small game that it's going to be much harder to pick out heart or lungs to aim to, the head is a ...


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Benelli's plant is in Urbino (Italy). It's the only manufacturing site where the final products (so, of course also the R1) are assembled and the final QA takes place. https://goo.gl/maps/LvToPLAcnzJ2 So, you don't have to be afraid that it's manufactured in the US or something ;P


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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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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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