Posted by Stokerized on 3/25/2022 to
Hunting is one of the most primal and natural experiences we can have in this world. It doesn’t matter what kind it is and what type of animal you are going after, the experience is rewarding if you are able to learn and have a real adventure. Safety must always be the top priority when you are using tools and weapons, out in the wilderness and dealing with wild animals.
Why Use New Tools
For experienced hunters, the thrill of their traditional methods can sometimes cool off. They look for a new challenge, something that can make the hunt more adventurous. New tools and weapons allow for that and some of them can make a traditional, simple hunt, into something more challenging and exhilarating. Imagine hunting an animal each season with a rifle. Now the next season comes up and you decide to switch to a bow and arrow. That would certainly change things up and make the challenge that more adventurous.
If you are considering trying something new, the best way to begin is to consider the game you want to go after. If you are thinking about trying alligator hunting, a bow probably will not do you much good. Also, be sure that you are researching any requirements for these weapons issued by the state, especially if you are hunting with them. Some tools may not be allowed depending on restrictions and regulations for hunting the animal:
- Bows: One of the most traditional and exciting ways to hunt is with a bow and arrow. Even fishing enthusiasts have taken an interest in this skill because it’s extremely difficult to master. Not only do you have to become a great shot with the tools, but you also have to be able to adjust your hunting styles to accommodate for their use. That means getting closer to the animal and not being noticed so that you can finish the hunt.
- Traps: One of the benefits of using traps is that it can be safer for both the hunters and the area. People associate hunting with trying to kill something for sport. Oftentimes it can be to get rid of animals that are invading a land and causing trouble. In Florida for example, there are dozens of invasive species that are allowed to be hunted and extinguished without needing permits. Traps make it easier and safer to catch these animals and dispose of them.
- Blackpowder: Muskets are one of the oldest forms of firearms and using blackpowder weapons to hunt is one of the more challenging and exciting ways to do it. A proven but difficult method, these rifles must be loaded manually for each shot, have a shorter distance and slower bullet time. Conditions make it even harder to load the weapon which means you have to be a good shot.
- Drones: People have been using drones since they became available. However, one of the less discussed reasons for using them has become to hunt. People who are hunting in new areas or looking for the right spot to set up can now use these drones to get a better vantage point and know where they should go, saving them lots of time.
If you are committed to the sport of hunting for fun, trying something new may be the ideal way to keep things adventurous. Yes, they are more difficult than the modern options but the end result can be more rewarding. Consider that when you determine the next type of hunt you want to go on.
How To Learn Fast
You probably already have an idea or two of what new tools you want to use and what new game you want to try for. That’s great and your enthusiasm will be tested because you have to put real work into learning these new tools and how to properly and safely use them. Here are some of the most reliable places to start:
- YouTube: One of the greatest places to test your knowledge and learn something new is YouTube. While this site doesn’t offer the best in news, it does offer DIY guidance and tricks that hunters of all levels of experience can benefit from. Consider looking for videos on the tools you want to use more than ones about the game you are going after first.
- Classes: The best place to go for learning a new tool and proper ways to use it is with classes. These places can teach you proper and safe use as well as the regulations you have to follow.
- Research: Always remember that when you are reading blogs online or watching videos, the information may not apply to your state. For example, let’s say that in Michigan, where the hunter in the video is, there are no regulations on the type of weapon you can use, the size of the animal, traps you can use, times you can hunt and so forth. However, if you live in Florida, there may be a completely different set of rules for going after the same exact type of animal. Even different kinds of the same species can have different regulations you need to learn.
- Practice: Consider taking some time to practice before you apply your new tools and knowledge on an actual hunt. No two hunts are the same and having more experience with the weapon could be a big help in using it properly.
There are plenty of reasons to take interest in a new form of hunting. Learn all the types of tools you need, different variations they offer and so forth. If you are not familiar with something, take as much time as you need to get comfortable with it. Do not rush or try to use anything new on a hunt, especially if you are not familiar with it. Your top priority must always be safety. If you can make sure that’s been addressed, the trip will be more enjoyable and adventurous regardless of the new tools you are using or animals you are hunting.