Chapter 9 Summary
The hunting techniques described in this chapter ultimately depend on the hunting conditions, local laws and your personal preference. Let's review the important points in this chapter.
- Still hunting is a technique in which a hunter moves slowly through a hunting area, stopping frequently and looking for game animals. This technique works well on rainy days.
- Stalking is used when the hunter is following fresh game or signs of animals. Remember to stay downwind of the animal you are stalking.
- Ground blinds work best on known game trails. Due to its camouflage, it is very difficult for other hunters to see you. Be sure to clearly mark your ground blind with blaze orange.
- A man drive is a technique where a group of hunters (drivers) walk through the brush, flushing out game animals toward the other stationary group (the stages). Always check local laws before you hunt!
- When hunting with dogs, it is crucial to always know exactly where the dog is at all times. Never have the hunting dog on a leash while hunting.
- Be mindful of your dog's physical condition. Remember, dogs can experience hypothermia and heat exhaustion, just like people.
- The three factors that contribute to meat spoilage are heat, dirt, and moisture.
- Field dressing is the act of removing the entrails from the body cavity in order to help cool the game animal. This should be done as soon as possible once you have retrieved the animal.
- Do not strap an animal to the hood of your vehicle to transport. Not only is it offensive to others, but the heat from the engine will spoil the meat.
- When hunting wild turkey, be sure to clearly mark your location with blaze orange tape. Never stalk a turkey – sit still and call in the animal. Do not wear red, white, blue, or black, since this increases the chance of another hunter mistaking you for a turkey.
- With any of these hunting techniques, check your local regulations to ensure you are hunting within the boundaries of local laws.