If there is a profession that keeps on changing, then it’s hunting. That’s why even veteran hunters with an immense wealth of wisdom have to keep up to date with the newest hunting tactic and equipment. In fact, a prolific hunter who isn’t willing to adapt to the new hunting skills soon finds himself out of the game. Thus, if you want to succeed in hunting either as a profession or just for leisure, then start thinking outside of your personal hunting box to broaden your range of big game hunting lodge skills.
But, regardless of whether you’re a newbie, young, middle age, or old hunter, here are some vital hunting skills that can help you tag that waterbuck that has ever managed to dodge your bullets in the past couple of seasons. Remember, most hunters have learned these skills the hard way.
Possess mechanical Knowledge
This might sound rude but for the sake of enhancing your hunting skills just bear with it. If indeed you’re the kind of person who has to seek the help of someone to help fix the small broken things around the house, then you must change. Lack of mechanical knowledge or interest is a sure recipe for the dismal performance in hunting, and you aren’t going to do better as a hunter.
Remember, every piece of hunting gear a hunter owns, from the rifle to the bow to the tree stand can break or malfunction. Lack of mechanical knowledge can cause huge issues when this happens. Ability to reattach a loose scope, fix a jammed rifle, tweak an unstable treestand, or remove a bow grip that’s interfering with your aim can be the difference between your life and death or a miss and a kill. An in-depth mechanical understanding of your hunting gear isn’t enough. Rember, proficiency in using any hunting gear is more like playing a high-stakes poker game – the more you know, the better.
Whereas most hunters believe that success in hunting is found by carrying everything needed for a hunting exercise in the woods, this isn’t necessarily true. Some things can’t just be planned in hunting, and these includes an unexpected change of weather or failure of a trusted hunting implement or technique. A successful hunter is one who can make up a brand new plan as unforeseen occurrences unfold. Ability to build a makeshift blind out of leaves and sticks can save the day if the treestand runs dry, or if store bought baiting fails to work then improvised methods can be handy.
In the modern times, the use of an easy access GPS and smartphones is becoming in establishing direction. But for a hunter, all these makes no sense. Well, whereas a directionally-challenged person can refer to the above direction aiding tools and apps to get across a state highway system, the forest or woods are a different kind of ballgame.
In the woods, there aren’t entrance or exit signs, Stateline banners, mile markers, city limits signs and so on. Instead, there are narrow pathways, miles of trees, and perhaps a few rivers and streams, and if you’re lucky, trail markers. Mastery of the land is a vital skill as it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know the terrain well.
If you’re extremely lucky to get a mobile network at your hunting spot, then you might use your phone GPS directional app. Always know which way is north and be on the lookout of landmarks or else you will spend the rest of your lifetime in the woods. Navigation skills are important to a hunter success perhaps more than any other hunting skill.