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5 Things Only Hunters Will Understand

There is nothing like setting around a campfire or getting together in the evening after a day of hunting and listening to the stories of the hunt that was made that day. You hear some successful stories and you hear some stories that only hunters would understand and pay attention to. If you are a part of the unique group known as a hunter you are a part of a special group that all people do not understand. The dedication and love for the sport is something that all people will not find to be one of their favorite things to do. Some people are huge sports fans and could set and watch sports for hours. We will attempt to look at and understand some of the things hunters do and try to understand the reasoning behind them.

Practice and maintenance

A hunter’s equpiment is his most important asset that he has. If it is a rifle, shotgun, pistol, compound hunting bow, or crossbow. No matter which piece of equipment he is using it takes a lot of practice to be able to shoot your equipment accurately and safely. Hunters also spend a lot of time maintaining their equipment to assure that when the times comes for that once in a lifetime shot they are prepared. A lot of money is also spent to help keep extra ammo on hand and to keep up with the latest developments in hunting equipment. A hunter wants to be a step ahead of the next hunter.

Hunting preparation and the hunt

Hunting is almost always open in the fall and winter months. It can be an all year event to stay prepared for the next hunting season. We take time to search out and lease hunting lands so we will always be guaranteed a place to hunt. After we find that special piece of property for the hunt we begin to place hunting stands and cutting shooting lanes. After we place our stands and decide the best direction to cut our shooting lanes we then begin to plant food plots and even place water for the animals. Only a hunter would understand all the hard work that is put in while hunting season is closed.

Love for Nature

When you can just set back and enjoy a beautiful sunset or set and watch small game and big game just to scout them out you love nature. My favorite time of the year is fall when hunting season just starts and all of the leaves are changing colors and you get that fresh new hint of autumn in the air. You can really appreciate the beauty of nature. A lot of times hunters will go out before the season opens and just set and watch and scout to see what nature has to offer them. A hunter has nature in his blood. He strives to be a part of it. He loves to feel the autumn air on his face and skin.

Respect and dedication to the animal

Regardless of what type of game a hunter is hunting a true hunter only takes his limit. He will only harvest what he can eat. A hunter understands why we have hunting seasons. It is a part of game management. If there were no hunting seasons to harvest the game we would be overwhelmed with animals. Regardless of what type of game it is the game still needs to be managed to protect them. If you lived in a place such as I do in South Louisiana you can see deer lying beside the road in ditches on a regular basis that have been hit by cars. This is one reason we have wildlife management for the animals protection.

Trophy search

Every hunter is always after that big one. A hunter should and always harvest the food they need for the year. A hunter should never just shoot it because it is there. I have a great respect for a hunter that will let game that is not fully developed go only to search for that once in a lifetime wall hanger. A trophy hunter is different from other hunters. They have a desire to harvest the biggest and the best. Regardless of the game you hunt we as hunters know and understand our fellow hunters.

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Hunting Regulations

Hunting regulations can seem tedious, but it is usually easy comply with them. In the United States, most regulation is left up to the states, but the federal government steps in to protect certain species. Hunters of migratory waterfowl, such as ducks, geese and swans, are required to purchase a federal “duck stamp” as well as a state license. Endangered species are also protected by federal laws (for a complete list of endangered species, see the US Fish and Wildlife Service website).

State licenses can usually be purchased for the short term (by the day), for the year, or for the long term (multi-year or lifetime). Each state sets its own seasons and offers different varieties of licenses. Large game usually require a species-specific permit and can only be hunted during closely monitored seasons. Most states allow unrestricted hunting of deer for only a few weeks, or even a few days, out of the year. For example, in Kansas, whitetail deer are a highly desired game. Bow hunters enjoy a season stretching from September to December, but gun hunting is much more restricted. Muzzleloaders are permitted for a short time at the beginning of the season, and guns in general are permitted for a few days at the end of the year and again for a few weeks in January. Even during these seasons, deer can only be taken from certain areas, and only antlerless animals can be taken during the January season. In many states, the antlerless restriction applies year-round, and each hunter is permitted to take only a certain number of animals.

Not all animals are so closely regulated. Raccoons, for example, are considered nuisances and can be hunted at any time in much of the United States. Each state government maintains a website with up-to-date regulations and restrictions. These websites can be great sources of information about local animal populations, and many also sell licenses online.

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Hunting Licenses in the US

Hunting licenses in America are as old as the nation. They were first intended to protect state resident rights to hunt their land from out of state poachers. These laws were later expanded to cover in-state residents as well. Because of this, it is the State Government rather than the Federal that issues these documents. Therefore how do you get a hunting license can vary state by state. The careful management of wildlife through hunting laws helps to ensure that there are plenty of deer and other game for the enjoyment of generations to come.

These licenses are granted to hunters for wild game such as deer, rabbits, or bears. There are no restrictions for pest or vermin species such as rats. Such vermin kills may even carry a bounty from some jurisdictions. Other people who get an exemption are Native Americans living on Indian Reserves or Native Alaskans.

So how do you get a hunting license? Most states require an adult hunter to be 18 years old and complete a hunter education class. Classes cover topics such as tagging, field dressing and bagging your kill, where to get information, and most important of all safety. Each state has kill quotas which are also reviewed in the training materials but they can vary from year to year. Finally, there are also restrictions in terms of areas that are open or closed. Those closed areas will either be marked by signs labeled “Posted” or be within designated protected areas. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is where to get further information on these areas.

Hunters who wish to hunt ducks and other waterfowl have to purchase a separate Duck Stamp issued by the Federal Government. By purchasing this stamp, the hunter also gains access to federal wildlife refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the Duck Stamp goes to wetland conservation and to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund.

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Animals To Hunt For

Hunting is the art of pursuing animals with the intent of capturing or killing them. The aim of this art is either for sport, for food, or for monetary gain, and many people all over the world enjoy hunting.

For some people, they simply enjoy it as a hobby. Others prefer to catch their meat, and others use it for trade purposes only. Whatever the goal is, one has to know how to handle a shotgun or a bow and arrow; know what animals to pursue, and depending on which part of the world, a permit might be needed as well.

Hunting animals can be divided into two categories namely big game and small game. Big game involves creatures such as elks, deer, buffaloes and bears. While small game will include different types of birds, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels.

Also depending on the purpose, one can decide to engage in and focus on a type of category. For instance, if the aim is solely for money, fury creatures such as the leopards, beavers, mink and foxes might be hunted just for their furs, and their skin will be sold for the use of coats, shoes and other items of clothing.

Some of the most hunted birds are pheasants, ducks, geese, quail and turkeys. Other most hunted big game in several parts of the world are the wild boars, moose and deer or predatory types such as coyotes, lions and tigers.

Other creatures hunted for are foxes, rabbits, groundhogs and raccoons. These are mostly considered as pests because they tend to destroy farming crops, so farmers tend to kill them in order to minimize damage to their farms.

Here are some other animal species in other parts of the world that hunters look for. These are most hunted for various reasons:

Elephants
Baboons
Jackals
Bush Pigs
Alligators and Crocodiles
Giraffes

Most of these can be found in the African safaris and are likely hunted for trade of their skin or tusks. Keep in mind that some of these species are endangered and should not be hunted by anyone!

Animals to Hunt For in North America (USA and Canada)

Here is a list of all the animals that can be hunted for in the region of North America. If you have any additions, please leave a comment!

Big Game

Mule deer
Whitetail deer
Moose
Elk
Caribou
Wild boar
Big horn sheep
Javelinas
Bison of buffalo (They were hunted almost to extinction in the 19th and early 20th century which is why they are illegal to hunt nowadays in most parts of North America)

Other Game

Hare
Rabbit
Raccoon
Squirrel
Opossum
Fox
Beaver
Mink
Bobcat
Muskrat

Predators

Bear
Coyote
Mountain lion
Cougar

Birds

Grouse
Pheasant
Quail
Turkey
Duck
Goose

Don’t forget that you need a hunting license for most of these animals. See our article on Hunting Licenses in the US and Hunting Regulations for more information.

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