Hunting for a beginner

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Hunting and man are two inseparable companions; the only difference is that hunting served as a source of subsistence in the old days. For the rich, of course, it was, above all, entertainment. In the modern world, hunting has become more like a hobby. One might say a competition.

Hunting, first of all, is a serious matter that does not tolerate amateurism. When hunting, you first need to provide yourself with everything you need.

We choose clothes.

As a headdress, we prefer a cap with a long visor. The visor helps cut off the oncoming light and lets it shoot against the sun.

If you plan to hunt in the summer, you should choose a camouflage-colored jacket with cells for cartridges. In autumn, choose a thin leather coat. Cartridges with buckshot (for the wolf) should be in the spare compartment. Be sure to have a hunter’s backpack in a cellophane cape, regardless of the weather. Choose shoes according to the season.

Going hunting, do not forget about the relevant documents. If you have a dog with you, you need a veterinarian certificate and a dog passport. You must have a firearms permit, a hunting license, and a hunting license.

We complete the backpack

Before starting the collection, it is best to sit down and write down everything you need on paper. As you collect the bag, the collected is crossed off the list. This is a guarantee that you will not miss anything.

So, let’s make a list.

We put matches in a backpack, having previously lowered the sulfur heads in paraffin, and packed them in a plastic bag. You can also grab a lighter. We think it will not be superfluous because anything can happen on a hunt.

Candles. For hunting, it is better to take fat candles under challenging times. Oddly enough, you can eat them or fry food.

Next on the list is a magnifying glass (for lighting a fire from the sun).

You need to bring a few needles and threads with you. It would help if you did not take a whole spool. Just wrap the right amount of line around the hands.

Further, we take a fishing tackle with us: 3-5 pieces of hooks, a sinker, and at least 3 m of fishing line.

Even if you go hunting in familiar places, having a compass with you is better. Well, if it is water. Make sure your compass is correct.

Take care of the light source with spare batteries. We take binoculars. A camera won’t hurt, either. If a duck hunt is planned, we handle everything necessary for this hunt (a decoy, a decoy duck, bait, a rope, or a “cat,” a high chair).

To sleep, we take a tent and a warm rug. You can take a hammock, it takes up little space, but it is comfortable to sleep in.

For cutting firewood, a small hacksaw will come in handy; it’s good to have a hunting knife with additional features.

Take care of your stomach. You can purchase the course if there are grocery stores along the way. Products that are prone to soaking should be packed in waterproof bags. Among the products, there should be something “warming” for both the soul and the body. Don’t forget the cooking pot. If your hunting company has a four-legged friend, take care of food for him and protection against ticks.

Without fail, a hunter must have a first-aid kit with the necessary arsenal: painkillers, antibiotics, activated charcoal, potassium permanganate, or a pencil for disinfecting river water and dressings. Be sure to stock up on insect repellant.

At first glance, when it all comes together in one place, involuntarily, eyes run wide with surprise at how and where to fit it all. Most importantly, things and essentials were always at hand. If you get to the hunting place by your transport, in this case, the situation changes significantly. In this case, you can take a fishing boat with you. If it is winter hunting, skis will come in handy.

Hunting is always an exciting event, no matter how it ends (return with trophies or not). Hunting means new adventures and new opportunities to make new friends.

And as hunters like to say, “No fluff to you, no feather!”

Clothing and hunting tips

So that hunting boots do not get wet, you need to wipe them with linseed oil.

It will turn green but will become waterproof.

The hunter’s clothes should not sound like rustle, creak, or ring. Before placing your foot on the ground, make sure there is ground or a dry branch under your feet. The step is silent if you step first on the toe and then on the heel. Components that get in the way should not be thrown but slowly returned to their place. When moving through the foliage, you should shorten your step and put your feet in a groping, gentle movement.

To remain invisible, go on the shadow side. With a strong wind, the step can be added, with a small one – slow down. It is more convenient to approach the animal with the wind blowing from it so that it cannot smell your scent.

Hunting with a dog

To raise a good hunting dog, you must train its ears to shoot, its mouth to feathers, and its water legs. Then she will get used to the smell of powder and his appearance. A hunting dog should not only whistle but also understand your thoughts, views, and gestures.

Tips for hunting with a dog:

  1. Permanently remove the collar when hunting, so she does not accidentally get caught on a branch. If you are afraid of losing your dog in the forest, we advise you to make a brand on it, which can be your phone number and other contact information.
  2. There is good advice to have a healthy dog: feed and water him from an iron bowl. It will only benefit the pet, even if it is rusty.
  3. To improve the dog’s scent during the hunt, you need to comb it.
  4. If you want to thank the hound for bringing a hare, it is advised to let her eat the hind hare paw. After such gratitude, the dog will try even more complex.

dangerous animals

Special care must be taken when hunting certain wild animals that can be aggressive and dangerous:

  1. The bear is unusually hardy. Even with a shot through the heart and lungs, it can run at least two hundred meters and instantly covers short distances.
  2. In the old days, there was an expression: “If you go for a bear, prepare a bed, and if you go for a wild boar, order a coffin first.” Cleaver, or wild boar, is swift and vicious. However, there is an opportunity to deceive him: jump sharply to the side when he is five or six meters away from you. Missing once, the board will not retry the attack.
  3. He does not advise immediately to drive the wounded beast: he can run far away. It is better to wait a while, and soon he will lie down.
  4. You can whistle piercingly if an animal passes by you without noticing you. From a sharp sound, the animal will freeze for a moment, and you will have time to make a shot.
  5. Ravens can be caught using a funnel made of paper. A piece of meat is placed in it, and the edges of the funnel are smeared with the so-called “bird glue”: rosin heated with sunflower oil. The crow is glued by sticking its head into the funnel.


In the recent past, monotonous canvas backpacks were on sale. The tarp was good, but the shape and design were irrational. When filled with heavy things, quite voluminous and low gears were pulled back from the back.

I had to walk, bending forward strongly, putting my hands behind the shoulder straps. Many of these backpacks wore out on my shoulders. A few years ago, a friend, an experienced hiker, gave me a bag of his own making. It was relatively narrow but rather tall and made of lightweight but durable synthetic materials. 

Straps are sewn on the sides, which are comfortable when carrying the backpack in your hands, and belts with buckles regulate its volume. The load, located vertically close to the back, was almost not felt at first. The backpack itself weighed precisely one kilogram lighter than my old canvas one.

In my backpack, I put a bag glued from thin rubberized fabric (“silver”) for clothes and things that require protection from moisture.

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