A Comprehensive Guide on Hunting Season
Whether a professional hunter or a hunter for sports, you can’t hunt without considering the right hunting season. In US, Knowing and following the particulars of the hunting season would make it a legal practice. Here is an extensive guide for the professionals as well as newbies about hunting season.
What is meant by Hunting Season?
Hunting season is a specific time period when hunters are fully allowed, by the state, to hunt down any species. In USA, each state is responsible for the management of hunting and issuing the hunting license. State has the authority and responsibility to declare it an open season for hunting or a closed one. Any violation of the state’s hunting rules and regulations can end in severe punishment. Before planning a hunting expedition it’s better to know whether it’s an open or closed season.
Closed season for hunting signifies the period of vulnerability of any species. A certain time is declared as closed season as it might be the mating season of various species.
And the state would never allow anyone to hunt down them when the process of breeding is underway. Doing so would badly affect the productivity of these species. And can endanger an overall population of the species.
Time for Hunting
Before setting a plan to hunt, its highly advisable to know the time of hunting. Even if it’s an open season, not all the animals are available year round. For instance, caribou and waterfowl are migratory animals. Ducks, geese, dove, Sandhill crane are the most commonly preyed birds. But these are migratory too.
These species might not be available at the time when you are planning to prey them. That is why, it’s in your best interest to know the timing earlier. This whole information can be easily gathered from the state’s fish and wildlife service.
Animals to Hunt
The choices of hunting animals are outnumbered and divided in different categories. Let’s have a detailed and categorical look.
- Big Game Hunting includes antelope, deer and elk.
- Wild turkeys are one of the largest hunting population in each state of US.
- Migratory Birds include crow, duck, dove, geese, rail, Sandhill crane, snipe and teal.
- Upland birds are bobwhite quail, pheasant, greater prairie chicken.
- Furbearers animals for hunting include badger, beaver, bobcat, coyote, grey fox, mink, muskrat, otter, raccoon and red fox.
- Animals for small game hunting are cottontail, grey squirrel and jack rabbit.
What hunter should really know about the Hunting Area?
Every state in USA has its own hunting areas. You belong to a state; you better get all the necessary info regarding the best hunting areas of the state. Every state consists of the regions, more or less like;
- Central part
Whatever area you opt for hunting, there are certain things to clarify earlier. These things include:
- Geographical conditions
Knowing the weather conditions of your chosen area, in that specific time of the year, can actually determine the failure or success of your trip. For example, Alaska is a state where hunting season starts in August and ends by October. Hunters should know that weather conditions. During these months, days are mild with sunshine plus overcast. A drizzle or rain can be expected any time.
The second thing to view is the vegetation and topography in that specific land. Following the same example of Alaska, this whole region is consisted of heavy and dense forest area. Most of the parts, in this region are hilly and mountainous. Some regions have river valleys and basins too. Overall, the region has almost the same geographical conditions with slight variations.
Knowing them, prior to the hunting expedition would let you prepare professionally. You can include all the related accessories in your hunting gear e.g. for a rainy area, waterproof accessories would be preferred. The same rules apply to all the hunting areas, all over USA.
Tips and Tricks for Hunting
Check out a few basic do’s and don’ts of hunting.
- Accurate Shooting Ability
- Make sure you shot on the exact spot. Every conscientious hunter’s sole aim is to hunt the prey as soon as possible. So that the animal does not have to suffer for long
- Poorly Tasting Meat
- None of you out there would like to have poor tasting meat. The sooner an animal is hunted down; the better taste you are going to get. Animal’s with several shots is more likely to release a huge amount of lactic acid and adrenaline. That would affect the quality of meat’s taste.
- Where to shot?
- The best shot placement with the quick results, is heart-lung shot. It would leave the prey unable to move. Also it would result in a minimum loss of meat. And is more likely to kill him on the spot.
- Don’t shot on head or neck!
- An animal being hunted would constantly move his head and neck. And eventually you would have a missed shot. That is why we recommend shooting on heart-lung. It always remains stationary.
- Don’t let it Go!
- If you missed the shot and the prey has run away with the wound, it is your responsibility to chase it and kill it. Do not leave the animal in that terrible condition.