Tennessee 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. A proper shot in the vital organs such as the heart and lungs should result in the game animal expiring within a few minutes.
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. That way if the animal jumps up and tries to run, you will not be in its way.
Heat, Dirt, Moisture
  • The three factors that contribute to meat spoilage are heat, dirt, and moisture.
Field Dressing
  • 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.
Check Local Laws
  • With any of these hunting techniques, check your local regulations to ensure you are hunting within the boundaries of local laws.