Saskatchewan Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 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
  • 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 Blind
  • 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.
Man Drive
  • 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!
Shot Placement
  • Shot placement is crucial to achieving a quick, clean harvest. The largest vital areas to aim for on a big game animal are the heart and lungs.
Wait 15-20 Minutes
  • After taking a shot, wait at least 15 - 20 minutes before retrieving the expired game animal.
  • Always approach a downed game animal from behind. Attach any game or harvest tags to the animal immediately after the animal has been killed.
Heat, Dirt, Moisture
  • The three factors that contribute to meat spoilage are heat, dirt, and moisture. To keep your game meat in the best condition possible you should: field dress the animal immediately after the kill, skin the carcass if the temperature is warm and prop the body cavity open to allow air circulation once the field dressing is complete.
Field Dressing
  • Field dressing should be done as soon as possible once you have retrieved the animal. Improper cooling is the main cause of spoiled or lost meat. Get it cool - keep it cool!
  • 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.

 Check Local Laws

  • With any of these hunting techniques, check your local regulations to ensure you are hunting within the boundaries of local laws