Saskatchewan Hunter Safety Course

 

Calling/Rattling

Calling

Water fowlers have used calling techniques for centuries to try and lure their quarry closer to their decoys and/or shooting positions.  Big game and predators such as coyotes and foxes can present some unique and interesting hunting experiences by calling.

This method requires fairly intimate knowledge of the quarry and its habits.  You must learn to talk to the animals or duplicate sounds which they will respond to such as rattling antlers.  For many animals, calling will only work well during specific times of the year.  Elk bugling and deer rattling are examples of these techniques.

Calling animals to the hunter can be a very rewarding method of hunting and often results in extremely close contact with the animals pursued.

Driving

Driving

Driving is usually done with a small group of hunters who try to move the game past each other or past hunters who are strategically located on point where it is thought the game will go.

Some of the more successful drives are those in which the hunters move slowly and cautiously.  The idea is to move the animals without causing them to bolt.  This method often will offer the best shots at game.  Other drives are quite noisy and quick.  These drives are often employed in thicker cove where moving the game out to a shooting lane is difficult.  A word of caution – this type of drive usually results in the game bolting quickly from cover and the shooters are likely to have only running shots at the fleeing game.

Extra attention as to the location and movements of your fellow hunters is critical.  Your safe zones of fire change as the drive progresses.

 
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