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Overview of Big Game Hunting

Aug 12, 2008
Big game hunting is an incredibly exciting pastime that is designed only for the most passionate and strongest of hunters. To be a big game hunter, you must be willing to wake up extremely early and endure cold temperatures. After waiting for hours, you may not even see a large animal, let alone shoot one. A hunting trip does not need to be successful only if you end up bringing back a trophy. If the experience was memorable and you got to catch a few glimpses of some extravagant creatures, then the outing was surely worth the trouble.

This sport is not for everybody, as it can be dangerous, trying, and sometimes scary. If you come across a huge bear and only manage to injure it, there is a good chance that it will attack you in retaliation. Other animals, such as deer, which people think of as peaceful, are known to attack people if threatened. In order to keep yourself safe, it is important that you are a keen shot with your gun.

To increase your skill, it is best to start out with something smaller than big game, such as rabbit or squirrel. By practicing on smaller animals, you learn to aim properly and kill with one shot. Delivering a one shot kill is especially important with big game, because failing to do so can result in you being attacked or the animal dying a slow, painful death.

Safety is the primary concern during any hunting activity. Therefore, every hunter must be well learned in safety concepts. Many different kinds of safety apply to hunting, and the type that is most important is firearm safety. One must know how to be safe with a gun while carrying, loading, unloading, and shooting it. If you make a mistake with a firearm, the consequences can be fatal.

When you set up a post, you should have a blazing orange flag hanging from somewhere to alert other hunters of your presence. Hunters have been known to mistake people for animals in the heat of the moment, but having an identifiable characteristic helps keep you protected. You can never be too safe when it comes to hunting, and it is recommended that you review safety materials on a regular basis.

In order to be most efficient, you need to take a multitude of materials and tools with you on all of your hunting trips. The most obvious necessity is a firearm of some kind, and all of the obvious accessories that go with it, such as magazines, ammunition, cleaning supplies, and a bag. Besides just a rifle, hunters often carry sidearms. Pistols are good for emergency situations as well as places where using a rifle is inefficient or impossible. Since sidearms are so compact, they do not take up much room and are easy to bring along.

You will also require personal necessities, including food, water, and appropriate clothing. Additional gear is added by preference of the hunter, as they may want to take other things, like an orange flag. If you go hunting at night, the perfect item would be night vision goggles. They allow you to see clearly without using any light that someone else or an animal could see. In fact, you may prefer to go night hunting, as it enables you to be stealthier and harder to see.
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