Hunting is a sport that requires patience or rather a lot of patience. One mistake and your prey will get away and you’ll be left empty handed. Hunting is a skill that is honed through constant practice. You have to learn to discipline quite a few techniques in order to become a good hunter. Hunting is not an easy task as you have to learn to control your faculties before mastering the art. When it comes to hunting animals, there is a different technique to catch every other animal. For instance, the method of catching a deer is far more different from catching a rabbit.
All about Moose
Moose belong to the deer family and are the largest of all the members. They have 6 feet big antlers that makes them easily recognizable. They have long necks and extra skin under their throat that sways whenever they move. They are herbivorous, that is, they only feed on plants. Moose are generally found around high shrubs and grasses as they cannot lower their heads because of excessive weight. In winters they feed on pine cones and high shrubs. Moose are awesome swimmers even though they have a lot of bulk. They are peaceful animals and like to remain so. During summers you can find them near water bodies where they love to stay submerged in water. Moose are largely found in Canada, Alaska, Russia, New England, Estonia, Latvia and Scandinavia.
In Canada and states of North America where Moose are found, they are hunted for fun and leisure. People come out in the hunting season and wait patiently for their prey to come in their comfort zone where they can then be caught. Hunting is not an easy task and in order to make it a success certain points must be remembered.
Scout the area
Hunting requires prior preparations wherein you need to do a lot of important things, one of them being scouting the hunting grounds. After you have chosen your hunting area try and get the micro details regarding the ground. Scout it and understand its topography. Use topographical maps to study the area. Find out where Moose have made their habitats. Moose love water and like to frequent to water sources so focus your search to rivers, valleys, lakes etc. Also scout nearby areas and track the movement of solitary Moose and their herds.
Search for grounds that have high shrubs and pinecones because its where they prefer to live. In winters coniferous trees provide a blanket to Moses against the harsh cold, so you’ll find some habitats there too. If the area is steep then there won’t be enough growth to feed Moose and if the land is too flat then it will be tough to hunt because of wet habitats of other animals. The habitats that once a herd chooses remains so for at least 15 years, so majorly its a one time task and then every season you won’t need to put in so much effort.
Reconnaissance is important because it gives us an idea of where and how the animals move. It helps us understand the geography of the area through which we can select the appropriate place for hunting. It gives us an upper hand and allows us to get a good shot. After you have reconnoitered the area, take aerial maps and study them as well, as they’ll help you out a lot.
In hunting you cannot expect to get quick results. It is not some magic wherein as you enter the hunting ground, you’ll have your prey dangling on your shoulders. Hunting is a sport but a serious one. It requires utmost patience wherein you have to move like a cat-burglar, without making the slightest of sound. You have got to stealthily wait for your prey and never lose your eyesight on it. Stay patient and understand its movement, trajectory and behavior. After you think you have a clear shot, shoot it and go get your prey.
Talk to experts
Learn from what experts have to say because you won’t get multiple chances to make mistakes and learn from them. Talk to expert hunters who have years of experience in the field. Understand what they have to say and cash on their knowledge. Professionals know the areas better and will be able to share some golden points with you.
Hunt in high density areas
Hunting a lone Moose can be tough so its better to look out for areas where Moose density is high. When they move in herds they are a better target and you’ll be able to catch one easily but thats not the case with single Bulls. Solitary Moose constantly move from one habitat to another. If you want to hunt them down, move along with them and shoot them when you find better grounds.