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Learn About Essential Turkey Hunting Equipment

Learn About Essential Turkey Hunting Equipment

There is a huge variety of hunting equipment available these days, due to the growing popularity of turkey hunting and ever-increasing numbers of turkey hunters. Turkey hunting was a much simpler activity in the past.

The hunter, dressed in his usual garb and hat, places his favorite slate call, box call, wing bone or scratch box into his jacket on the way out of the house. He picks up his double-barreled shotgun and a few shells in his pocket before walking out the door.

This is him, the turkey hunter — all ready to do battle with a wary old gobbler. But what other equipment will he have with him?

Having lots of choices and options is a very good thing when it comes to hunting equipment. Today’s modern turkey hunter has more choices than he ever had. But sometime, it becomes overwhelming to a beginner. Before going to hunting, you have to decide first what you are going to use to haul all of your equipment. This will also help determine the type and amount of gear you carry with you into the woods.

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Wild Turkey

Turkey Vest, Back pack, and fanny pack are the three basic choices for packing turkey hunting gear.

These vests come in many different styles including the full vest or jacket style. Some prefer vests because of the many separate pockets and the game bag on the back that lets you carry decoys easily plus the gobbler if you are successful that day.

Backpacks allow you to carry much more gear than the vests. They also can be removed and even used as backrest if necessary.

The least expensive option are the fanny packs. They are popular to many hunters since you can carry some gear but you are not weighed down as much as with a backpack or vest. They also provide quick access to everything inside.

Many hunters will carry along a laser range finder and this is perfect, especially for those hunting with a bow.

Do you need to carry that lots of calls with you? No, absolutely not, but if you want to, there are now vests available that allow you to carry them and much more.

Here are some basic needs and optional gears you might consider:

• Basic needs include shot gun, shotgun shells, full camo outfit including cap, and favorite calls. Turkey tag pencil or pen to sign tag. Gloves, head net or face mask. Bug spray for mosquitoes and ticks. Water and drinks, compass, toilet paper and knife are some of the few things that are usually brought.

• Optional gears include decoys, turkey tote, extra set of gloves and facemask, extra strikers for slate calls, and other local calls like owl, gobble tube, hawk, goose, coyote, peacock and woodpecker. Leather type multi-purpose tools, flashlight, matches, cellphone, walkie talkie, 2-way radio, GPS, topo map and aerial photos for hunting area. Rain gear, binoculars, camera, camcorder, tripod, laser range finder, ratcheting pruners, folding saw, ground blind or square piece of camo cloth, Snacks/food, moistened hand wipes, seat or pad and snake bite kit.

Having all these gears will certainly not guarantee that you would become the best turkey hunter in the world, but they can help boost your chances of having a turkey dinner when you go home for the day.

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Thoughts On Freshwater vs. Saltwater Fishing

Thoughts On Freshwater vs. Saltwater Fishing

I love fishing of any kind, but some people prefer fishing in saltwater and some people prefer fishing in freshwater. Many people feel very strongly about their decision, and sometimes you can elicit the same type of reaction from them as you would if you questioned their religion. Freshwater fishing is usually a more slow paced style of fishing with more waiting in between bites and catching fish. You also may have to work harder to find fish when fishing in freshwater. However I think that fishing off the bank in freshwater is far more productive than fishing from the beach in saltwater. I also really like freshwater fishing, because it is less costly to successfully fish in freshwater. Also lures are more beneficial in the freshwater, so you can save money on buying bait, and also time because you are not having to bait your hook all of the time.

Thoughts On Freshwater vs. Saltwater Fishing

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Freshwater fishing

I spent quite a bit of time saltwater fishing when I was a kid, and I always had a great time. Most of the time I fished off of a pier, which was great because it was very easy to catch fish most of the time. Also while fishing on the pier you do not have to expend much effort trying to find the fish, because the fish were already drawn into the pier because of all of the bait in the water from the other people fishing. Thoughts On Freshwater vs. Saltwater Fishing: One of the bad things about fishing in the saltwater is you pretty much had to use bait exclusively and live bait was preferred. This would take a little more time every time you lost your bait, because you would have to put new bait on the hook. Also having to buy bait would cost quite a bit more money than fishing with a lure. I think that the worst thing about fishing in saltwater is the lack of fishing if you do not live near the coast. Since I have moved inland I do not have any chance to go fishing in the ocean anymore, so freshwater fishing is definitely better than no fishing at all.

Thoughts On Freshwater vs. Saltwater Fishing

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Desert Camping Fun

Desert Camping fun

When most people think of camping they think of forests, mountains, lakes, and other lush examples of nature. However, camping can also be done in the desert. Growing up in Arizona I can tell you that desert camping is a wonderful experience as long as you know what you’re doing.

The first thing you want to always remember to do when camping in the desert is to let some friends or family know where you are going to be camping and how long you plan to be camping there. This is incredibly important. Unless you have survivalist training, it is much harder to stay alive if you get lost in the desert than if you were to get lost in a more lush setting. Safety must always be a top concern when camping in the desert. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you, always pack enough for one or two more days than you plan for your camping trip, you’ll usually end up using more than you plan to. Another safety concern when desert camping is snakes and scorpions.

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Camping in the Desert

Always have a shovel handy as it is the easiest way to kill a snake. Usually snakes and scorpions won’t be a problem, but you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Both animals can cause significant harm and even death if they attack you. They are unlikely to mess with you unless you tread on their territory, so keep a look out when choosing a camping spot.

When choosing a camping site try to find a spot with some shade. If there isn’t a good amount of shade then bring a canopy to provide shade. You also want to pick a place without too much sand. When the wind gets blowing it will coat everything. Even though it is the desert, there are still plenty of creeks and it is wise to find a spot near one when camping. Also be on the lookout for rocks. A spot that you may think is nice and smooth often turns out to be rocks covered in sand after you try to settle in for the night.

The desert presents a unique camping atmosphere. During the day it can get pretty hot, you’ll obviously want to try and avoid camping in the summer months. However, it often shocks people how chilly it can get at night, so make sure you pack in layers. Even during the day it is a good idea to wear long sleeves and pants made from a very lightweight material. You want to make sure to protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is a must when camping in the desert and should be applied liberally. If you don’t drink enough during the day then the sun can wear you out, so stay hydrated.

For those who are willing to face the hardships of camping in the desert there are plenty of rewards. While the desert may look barren at a glance, it holds many different treasures. There is beautiful plant and animal life to be seen. Remember that certain cacti are protected by law when camping in the desert. It is never a good idea to drink from one and if you mess with the wrong kind, like the saguaro, you could end up in legal trouble. There are also rare reptiles to be found while desert camping. Just as there is beauty in the lush camping spots in America, there is equal beauty to be found when desert camping fun for those who look for it.

 

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Fishing In USA

Fishing In USA

Fishing as a sport and recreational activity is very popular in the United States. It has been a traditional hobby of the Americans as well as tourists in the USA. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, including the many streams of water across the country offer greater opportunities for Salt water fishing. United States of America has many rivers, lakes and inland streams for fresh water adventures.

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Fly fishing a great American pass time

Fishing in the U.S.A. is very diverse because of the fish migrating every season. The weather, however, is one factor that restrains people from fishing. Rain, fog, snow, and wind affect the fishermen since these conditions may sometimes be dangerous to them.

Since the fish are diverse, fishermen have a lot of fishing techniques depending on the type of fish they are targeting. They can do surf fishing, fly fishing, bait casting, pier fishing and many other techniques.

Florida for example, is one state that has long been famous for fishing. Everywhere in Florida you see a lot of men and women of different ages getting excited about fishing. You see them holding fishing lines in bridges, causeways, riverbanks and piers. Also, Charter fishing boats are popular in all coasts of Florida.

Florida is known for its saltwater fishing and fly fishing. You need to be versatile to get the most out of Florida’s fly fishing adventures. Fly fishing and saltwater fishing are your choices depending on the time of the year.

There are abundant Redfish in Daytona Beach, Titusville and St. John’s River. Spotted Sea Trout are also found in Florida. You can find a local guide in the area and they will be able to help you enjoy your fishing experience.

Florida has been a hot place for fishing especially during the start of October. There are large numbers of Redfish until mid morning. There are a lot of Snooks being caught. During the afternoon when the temperature is high, there are a large numbers of jacks, ladyfish and trout that keep the fishermen in action.

Fishing In USA : Americans and tourists have a variety of reason why they fish in the U.S.A. Some love to see the sunrise and sunset in the water. Besides fishing, some love to watch dolphins, whales and birds. But still it is the catching of fish that really thrill them. Fishing in the U.S.A is a meaningful pastime whether in groups or all alone. The money you will spend is worth the fun and excitement including building relationships.

 

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Michigan Outdoors – Hidden Places

Michigan Outdoors – Hidden Places

In Michigan, being outdoors can mean relaxing on a sandy beach or getting lost in the wilderness. One of the hidden places described below will let you do both. Here are three places that you haven’t seen in magazine articles and guide books.

Michigan Outdoors – Hidden Places –  Rivers

You can float the Manistee River from Baxter Bridge (the next crossing down from Hwy 131) north of Cadillac, all day without seeing a house or a road. The majority of the route is in the Manistee National Forest, where you can camp without permits. The Manistee isn’t a river full of exciting rapids (at least not on this stretch). It is a river for relaxing.

A few years back, we used to park where Road 17 crosses the river, and hike upstream with a small day pack loaded with snacks, water, a saw, hatchet, and rope. By early afternoon we would build a raft of dead trees cut to length. We spent the following hours floating back to the car. We called it Tom Sawyer Day, and on six of these trips I have never passed another canoe or boat on the river.

Michigan Outdoors – Beaches

Probably you have heard of or been to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore (and the dunes), and the other sandy spots along the east side of Lake Michigan. They are beautiful, and I highly recommend them, but what if you want a beach to yourself? Head north, to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

From Highway 2, a couple miles east of Rapid River, turn south on County road 513. Follow it until it splits, and take the road to Wilsey Bay. Where the road first comes to the water, it is a public access point. Leave your car here and walk a mile to the end of the road, and then along the rocky beach past the last house (stay below the high-water mark and it is legal to walk past private property).

Just past the house you enter the Hiawatha National Forest for the next seven miles of beach. The last time I camped out there, I never saw a person in two days. One morning I followed fresh black bear tracks along the sandy beach, and later explored the ruins of an old cabin. There are no roads into this area, and ATV’s are not permitted. If you want forested wilderness, just walk away from the beach – and watch for wild blueberries in the forest clearings if it is August or September.

Michigan Outdoors – Really Hidden

You’ll want a topographical map for this one. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, north of Ishpeming, there is some wild and rough country. Driving out of Ishpeming, you’ll wind through rocky lakes and woods. An hour north, on a sandy road, you’ll come to a river with two-hundred foot high cliffs on the other side. I promised friends not to get more specific than this, so you’ll have to work a bit to find it.

Continue a bit further, until the road gets too rough or the puddles too deep. Park the car and find a log to cross the small river on, then head uphill (you may need your hands to go up the wooded hillside). Beyond and on top of those cliffs and hills there are two lakes, just a thirty minute walk away, surrounded by a rocky wilderness, and with no trail going to them. My brother had a trout on the line in ten seconds the first time I took him there. Good luck!

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Camping In The High Wilderness

Camping in the high wilderness areas can be both delightful and challenging. There are so many things to consider when camping in the high wilderness. If your plan is to get into the high wilderness areas you will have to plan a safe route to get there and how to stay safe while you are camping there.

Many people will choose to pack in on foot and some will use pack mule or donkey to get their gear to the proper locations. Others may use helicopter or snowmobile or even a dog sled to get to their high wilderness camping destinations depending on the time of year. If you were to consider packing into a high wilderness location for your camping experience you would want to make certain you consider the type of wildlife you may be coming in contact with. Also never underestimate the possibility that many things in the wild will experience your presence and you will not even know they are watching you.

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If you are planning a camping trip to a place with grizzly bears, puma, mountain lion, cougar, or even moose you may want to consider having a few items for your camping trip that I put on my high wilderness camping list. You will want to take bags and rope for hanging any food high in a tree that you catch or take with you. Make sure you have a sharp pocket knife and a handgun or other emergency type weapon that you can feel comfortable carrying. Some campers will camp without packing a weapon into the high wilderness but I would not advise it unless you are traveling in a group of several people and other strategies have been discussed for your camping trip.

It can make a person feel much safer and more secure in the expansive outdoors when carrying something to equalize the confrontation should you cross a mother bear and cub or a moose and her young. Quite often the wildlife would prefer to avoid conflict just as you will but playing it safe is definitely a preferred option.

Camping in the high wilderness in the spring and fall are quite cold from sunset to sunrise. For this reason a fire for cooking can usually give the camping experience the warmth you will require while also scaring off animals that are afraid of fire. Some wilderness areas are off limits to fire pits, but most of the USA camping areas allow camping with a fire for warmth and cooking. The key to remember when leaving a fire is that you must put it out cold before leaving the campsite. All smoke must be gone to be certain there are no smoldering coals. Camping near water will help you extinguish a fire much quicker when you are ready to leave.

Camping can be just what your heart yearns for and if so, planning is the key to your camping success. Plan well for the terrain, the wildlife and of course the weather. Make sure you have you camping trip planned with someone at home so they know when to expect you back from your camping trip and make a contingency plan in case of a severe weather emergency or a first aid emergency.

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Using The Right Fishing Pole

Using The Right Fishing Pole

The right fishing pole is necessary for you to be able to catch fish. Poles that are too long will not offer you enough control over the fishing line. Poles that are too short may snap easily when you are trying to reel in a fish. The right pole is usually determined by your height and the types of fish you want to catch. Larger fish will require thicker fishing line and a thicker fishing pole in order to stand the tension placed on the line.

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Using The Right Fishing Pole

Common types of fishing rods include fly fishing rods, ultra-light fishing rods, carbon fiber rod, spin casting rods, spinning rods, and ice fishing rods. Each of these rods is available online and can be purchased along with other items that will enhance your fishing experience. If you have never used any of these rods, you should first determine which type of fishing you want to and then find a rod that matches it.

Fly rods are smaller and do not have spinners or reels. Because you need to cast your line out and bring it in slowly in order to attract fish, a reel is not necessary. Fly fishing is difficult to master and not for those who want to catch a lot of fish at one time. If you want to learn how to fly fish, you should take lessons from a friend or professional guide who will be able to teach you the correct technique.

Ultra-light fishing rods are used when fishing in lakes, streams, and ponds. They are used to catch fish using a lure, weight, floater, or live bait. These rods are not heavy, but they can be strong when they need to be. Attached to them are smaller reels that are used to pull in fishing line. You should use these rods when you first start fishing.

Carbon fiber rods are heavier and used for ocean fishing. They can withstand the pull of larger fish. When using these rods, you will have to buy thicker fishing line. These rods are used by those who enjoy competing in tournaments and when fishing for larger fish like salmon, marlin, and tuna. If you want to fish in the ocean, you may need to hire a charter boat and go out with a crew who will be able to show you the best fishing spots and assist if you catch anything.

Spinning rods and spin casting rods are used to help fishermen have more control over their fishing pole. Ice fishing poles are used to catch fish that are swimming under the ice. If you are interested in this type of fishing, you will have to travel to cold places where you can fish on frozen lakes and ponds.

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Confidence in Fly Fishing

Confidence in Fly Fishing

For those of you who, like me, have memories of fishing that pre-date memories of school, think back to as many fishing partners and trips as you can. Even those people you only went fishing with once. Then try to recall times where the success or failure of a fly fisherman seemed to lie strictly on the fly fisherman’s confidence. If you think about it in these terms, I bet you can remember numerous times, when an angler’s, confidence or lack thereof, either doomed them or buoyed then until they started catching fish.
At times the success of a confident fly fishing angler can be attributed to persistence. An angler, confident in their abilities is just going to fish longer when things don’t start hopping right away. But other days when all things are equal, the fisherman with the most confidence often catches the most fish.
Three quick stories come to mind illustrate this. First off let me say there have been plenty of times when I have been on both sides of the confidence equation. A few years ago, I was steelheading with a couple of fly fishing buddies. Unlike me, though there guys weren’t purists. And we were using terminal gear. Although were just dead-drifting jigs, very similar to fly fishing, I felt about as coordinated as a monkey performing brain surgery. As the day wore on more and more steelies were caught. Huge steelies, the biggest I had ever seen! None by me. I could feel my confidence shrinking. And I mean my confidence in all kinds of things, like being able to read the river, being able to detect a strike. Things that had no connection to me using unfamiliar gear. The pressure inside my head built, until I HAD to catch a fish. I didn’t catch one fish that day, although I finally had a strike, and set the hook so hard I jerked it right out of the fish’s mouth. And I fished longer and harder than anyone else on the trip.

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Confidence in Fly Fishing

Another story is almost reverse. Here in Maupin, the Deschutes River fills with fly fisherman every May and early June for the Giant Salmonfly hatch. It is a carnival of fly fishing. One year I was drifting with a couple of accomplished angler’s, who were nevertheless apprehensive about fishing such a well-known hatch, A hatch documented throughout fly fishing literature. With crowds of angler’s as spectators to one another. Despite all the drift boats and bank angler’s I know a spot or two constantly overlooked and are rarely fished. I set both guys up with the exact rigging I use. Put them in the best two spots and made lunch, while they flogged the water to no avail. Despite their long fishing experience they were unaccustomed to the big water and the feeling of being in a spotlight, and seemed to do every action with uncertainty. After lunch I nailed numerous trout with virtually no effort. Pointed out fish lying behind rocks and caught them. It was a display they still talk about some years later.
Another day I was fishing alone, in water I know like the palm of my hand. And was getting skunked. Fishing all my usual water, using all my usual techniques I couldn’t even get a strike. Yet I knew I could and did catch fish in this spot, lots of fish. I kept at it, until I heard a fish jump behind me, in a riffle I hadn’t fished in years. I turned around and cast right at the head of the riffle, and nailed what was to be the first of many beautiful trout I caught that day.
If I hadn’t been confident in my abilities, and in the water holding fish, I would have stopped long before. That was an instance where confidence led to perseverance. But the other two days, it seemed to be confidence only, that led to more fish being landed. Maybe there was something subtle in the presentation of the confident angler, something that can’t be taught. Like the way some quarterbacks always seem to win. Or maybe like in other endeavors confident people just seem to do better. At any rate the only way I know of to develop confidence is through repeated success. And in fishing the only way to catch fish is to do more fishing.
If you are thinking this is all a stretch, I bet you can come up with very similar stories that have happened to you. Especially if like me, you have been fishing since you had a Leave it to Beaver lunch box. Give yourself the possibility that confidence in your fishing ability does play a role, in your catch rate. And the end result will be you spend more time fishing. And if that is the end result of you reading this article, then it was time well spent. Now let’s go out there and build up our fly fishing confidence!

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Choosing A Good Hunting Knife

Choosing A Good Hunting Knife

A good hunting knife is an essential part of any hunter’s equipment. It ensures that you are able to properly skin and remove the meat from your catch without ruining anything or leaving anything behind. However, because hunting has become more popular, the hunting knife industry has begun to boom, making it hard to know exactly which knife is best for you.

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Choosing A Good Hunting Knife

Hunting knives come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and styles. The quality will vary substantially based on who you purchase a knife from and what style you select – whether it is a custom knife, an old style knife, or a new Kershaw hunting knife. Knowing which knife to choose can be a daunting task.

The durability of a good hunting knife is vital. If you trust your knife to be effective in handling any catch you make, it must be able to last for years to come. No one wants to go through the process of buying a new knife every two years. So, knowing which kind of animal, their size, and what style of hunting you plan on are major factors in helping you decide the kind of knife you will buy.

Most traditional hunting knives are made of stainless steel. These knives will last a very long time and provide a surface that can be accurately and repeatedly sharpened for the best possible blade. You will have two choices for your hunting knife’s style in most cases, either fixed blade or folding blade.

Fixed blade hunting knives are stronger and more durable. They cannot be moved and usually have a shield of some sort to protect the blade while it is placed on the hunter’s belt. These knives will cost you more money in most circumstances because they are usually hand crafted and from better materials.

However, if you decide to do a lot of hunting, a fixed blade is more effective, especially in skinning larger animals such as elk or deer. For those who hunt often, this kind of investment is well worth-while.

Choosing A Good Hunting Knife is accentual, Folding knives are cheaper and available more freely in many different styles but are not nearly as effective as fixed blade knives. If you are planning on going hunting once a year and generally target smaller game, this might be a good decision for you.

The handle of your knife is very important as well. Choices range from aluminum and leather to Dearborn. Choose a handle that is comfortable in your hands and allow for an optimum grip. You should be able to hold the handle strongly while skinning and it should not chip or break easily.

A good hunting knife will need to be sharpened often as well, so look for a good sharpening system to go with your blade. If you have practice and a keen eye, a sharpening stone will be just as effective. However, remember that if you missharpen your knife too much you can ruin the blade forever, rendering it largely useless. To ensure this does not happen, research the proper method to sharpen or spend the extra money for an electric system.

Finally, spend a little time in a store trying out different hunting knife options. Most hunting supply stores will allow you to feel the knife to gauge weight and comfort level before buying. Researching online is a good place to start, but the only real way to know if a knife is right for you is to hold it.

With the right hunting knife in hand, you can enhance your hunting experience many times over. You can bring home more meat, skin an animal quicker, and spend more time hunting.

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Hunting Rabbits

 Hunting Rabbits

For many people, hunting rabbits is cruel and unusual punishment. For others, however, hunting rabbits is an age old sport that requires patience and skill. This article will speak to the latter while paying no mind to the former, realizing that the rabbit hunt is as old a tradition in America as hunting other animals and acknowledging that, while hunting may not be necessary in any modern context, it is a heck of a lot of fun.

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Most people choose to hunt rabbits with a dog. This is because using a dog can help bring the rabbit out into the open or can help draw the hunter towards the area in which the rabbits are more prolific. A dog can also serve as a great companion to hunting, enabling the hunter to actually have someone to talk to instead of the cold steel of the Remington rifle. Still, some people choose to hunt without a furry friend, making for a different hunting experience.

When people hunt for rabbits without a dog, it is important to learn the traits and factors involved with rabbits. The hunter must virtually become the rabbit; learning the rabbits pathways and food stops are vitally important to a successful rabbit hunt, so thinking like a rabbit is integral to the success of the hunt. Of course, thinking like a rabbit may tell you that killing these furry little friends for sport isn’t such a great idea. If that happens, ignore those facts and focus in on your goal of bagging a fluffy bunny.

An ideal time to hunt bunnies is in the first warm days of spring. Here, bunnies will likely be soaking up the sun and having a great time in open fields. This is a great time to break out your rifle and start bagging some rabbits. The time is ideal because, in relation to the winter, the rabbits you seek will be more out in the open and more prone to be visible to the naked eye. In winter, rabbits tend to smartly utilize brush cover and brambles to cover their tracks from nosy bloodhounds.

It is important to realize that rabbits tend to run from side to side. This, of course, does not mean that you should not actively watch the rabbit while firing madly into the open field. What it does mean is that a hunter can actively track the path of the rabbit by watching for repeated steps in terms of the tracking. A rabbit will only run in a short line for a short time, changing pace and darting back and forth in jagged hops until it reaches its safe cover. Knowing this, follow the rabbit with your tracking skills and nail it before it hops down the rabbit hole and back to Wonderland.

Many hunters make the mistake of moving too quickly and making too much noise when hunting rabbits. Just ask Elmer Fudd about the best options for hunting rabbits and he will tell you that the best technique for hunting “wabbits” is to slowly stalk the prey before firing off shot after shot from your alarmingly huge elephant gun. The honest truth about hunting bunnies is that the technique must fall somewhere in the middle. Charging into the middle of a known rabbit field with your guns blazing will likely not catch you any rabbits, but you do need to be somewhat assertive to bag a bunny.

The overall best technique for hunting rabbits is what is known as the “stop and go” technique. This technique is exactly what it sounds like; the essence of the stop and go technique is in utilizing tip-toe style movements and stalking the rabbit through watching it, moving towards it and moving further towards it. As you can pattern the rabbits’ movements, you can eventually squeeze off a shot and throw poor Cottontail in the trunk to impress all of your friends. If you miss, however, be careful. Some rabbits actually bite.

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