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Hunting Tips and Tactics for the Beginners

Hunting is one of the most thrilling sport. If you are a beginner in hunting and don’t know where to start from, here are some interesting tips to keep in mind before you set out for hunting. Don’t forget to carry your rifles, gloves, warm jackets and boots. Deer can be one of the most comfortable animals to start your hunting with. Deer’s even though swift, can be caught easily with practice.

Cover your Scent

One of the most important tip to keep in mind is to cover your scent. Do not use strong scented soaps or shampoos before you set out for hunting. Animals are very sensitive and can even catch the smell of the trail you leave behind. Strong smell can travel through the air. It will warn the animals to be precautious. Do not use scented creams before you decide to go hunting. Use very mild soaps and shampoos. Do not apply deodorant on your trip.

Use Decoys

Decoys are used to attract animals. Animals, especially a deer is very quickly drawn to a lure. They are fooled right into the trap. Pull the trigger when they approach close enough to check out the decoy. Try to imitate the sounds and calls of the animals you are hunting as this helps to draw their attention towards you very quickly. Using attractants such as animal urine, animal dung, etc. are also one easy way to capture your prey.

Make less noise or no Noise

It is always advisable to wear a proper hunting boot on your trip. Covering your shoes with a cloth and help eliminate sounds. Animals have a very sensitive earing capacity and can detect the slightest noise from a long distance. Stay as quiet as possible. If the animals run away from their usual spot, it will usually take a very long time for them to return to the same spot. This is why it is important to be careful.

Best Time to Hunt

The best time to hunt would be before sunrise or immediately after sunset. Capturing a sleeping animal is effortless. Before dawn, animals can be spotted near their bedding areas. Try to locate the habitat of the animal well in advance. They can be easily spotted here after dusk when they would retire to sleep. This is the best time to pull your trigger. Animals can be easily located during their birthing period.

Where do you Hunt?

Practice makes you a good hunter. Once you hunt several different times, you would be familiar with the location and habitat of an animal. Follow animal trials or even their dropping to locate them. If the droppings are fresh, then it would indicate that the animal is close to you. Once you discover their stay, it is easier to hunt them down.

Tiger Hunting in India

In India, hunting is referred to as shikar. Tiger is one of the most ferocious animals with high power and strength. Capturing this prey is not very easy as it sounds, making tiger hunting one of the most thrilling sports involving a lot of risks. Tiger hunting in India can be associated with power and courage. The person who captured the most hunts were declared to be very brave, and it was a matter of pride. The Mughals first introduced shikar or hunting in India. In the 16th century, Jalalud- Din Muhammad Akbar first set out on a tiger hunt capturing more than five tigers. Since then, tiger hunting was considered as the most heroic spot in India. In Museum’s if you notice, Mughal paintings always contained Jawans hunting on an elephant or horse. The person who hunted the maximum tigers was declared the winner and was awarded mightily. This was the start of tiger hunting in India.

The British Rule and Tiger Hunting.

Hunting tiger was regarded as the highest form of bravery. The Maharajas in India set out for hunting in huge numbers. They returned with much pride, showcasing the carcass of over hundreds of tigers. The servants of the Maharaja’s sometimes drugged the tigers before the Jawans set out for hunting. This practice was banned later on. Tiger hunting was officially declared as a sport during the British rule. Tiger hunting, later on, was kept as a competition between states and other Countries. When Kings from other Countries visited India, they set out for tiger hunting competitions. The carcass of the kill was taken back to other Countries if they won the game. The significant hunting setbacks were the extinction of the tiger population. Hunting did not end here. In the year 1911, King George set out for tiger hunting in Nepal. He killed almost 39 tigers in a day. Colonel Geoffrey Nightingale in the same year slaughtered more than 300 tigers. Tiger hunting practices posed a significant threat to the tiger community. In India, many of the Rewa kings, though it was an excellent omen to kill tigers. Every time a princess was born, a tiger would be shot to indicate auspiciousness.

After Independence Scenario.

After independence, more tigers were killed to make tiger pelts to export them abroad. It is known that the Maharaja of Surguja has slain more than 1150 tigers. Maharajas associated with the highest number of kills were awarded trophy as a sign of courage. This practice continued till the rule of Indira Gandhi.

The Indira Gandhi rule.

In 1970’s it was declared that the tiger species was wholly endangered in India. Indira Gandhi is known as the saviour of wildlife. She not only outlawed tiger hunting practices, but she also banned the export of tiger pelt to other Nations. In the 2011 tiger census, more than 3642 tigers were reported to be alive.

Trophy Hunting

Hunting is a form of recreation and is one of the riskiest sport. When hunting is carried out in the form of competitions for awards, then it is called as trophy hunting. The trophy is then displayed to represent the success of the hunt. The carcass of the animal is often taken for food. The antlers or horns of the animals are showcased with great pride. Kings and princely rulers had game rooms or gun rooms which displayed their excellent selection of guns and antlers of the kill. Preserving the head of the carcass was also a usual practice. Until the 1970’s, hunting was carried out with great pomp and show. After the threat of hunting to the tiger community, hunting started to be banned in many Countries.

The Types of Trophy Hunting.

1. Ranch hunting: Here, the animals are exclusively killed for the trophy. The list of animals included under trophy hunting comprises blackbuck, nilgai, Indian red sheep, axis deer, Antelope, etc. Each Country has a game fee charged for each kill. Hunters pay $4,000 for each kill. As animal endangerment is a severe threat in many Countries, they contribute at least 10 percent of the game income to the State for the protection of indigenous species. Though hunting of individual species is made illegal in the United States under the endangered species act, it is legal to hunt animals that come under the list included under trophy hunting.

2. African Trophy hunting: Trophy hunting is still practised in the many African States. Shooting is one of the recreations in Africa that attracts tourism. In 2008, Africa received more than 190 million USD from hunting.

3. North American trophy hunting: In North America, mountain lion, also known as Puma is hunted for the trophy. The Florida Panthers and Eastern Cougar were killed until they were declared extinct. Canned hunting in North America allows hunting selective animals for the sole purpose of displaying and preserving its head. The United States is one of the first Countries to ban hunting. They banned the hunting of selected species.

Ban on Trophy Hunting.

• Botswana was one of the first Countries that imposed a ban on trophy hunting. On the sad side, the villagers claim that the uncontrolled spread of animals leads to the destruction of their crops. It was found that trophy hunting in Africa leads to effective management of wildlife.

• In the same year, United Airlines banned the transport of trophy on flights.

• In Kenya, the banning of trophy hunting backfired. In 1977, after shooting of lion was outlawed, the Government cared very less for the welfare of the animals. Other animal population started to decline tremendously as the lion population grew in large numbers. On the other hand banning of lion hunting increases tolerance among other species.

Why was Project Tiger started in India?

In India, tiger hunting is associated with bravery and courage. Tiger hunting in India can be traced back to the 16th century when the Mughals first introduced the sport. Tiger hunting became popular to the extent that cross-country competitions were held to declare the winner. Maharajas and kings from other countries visited India from all over the globe to hunt tigers. The carcass of the tiger was brought back home with great pride. This trend continued for so long until the tiger species faced endangerment. Hunting in India is also called shikar.

The Scenario after Independence

After the Britishers took over India, tiger hunting became more famous. The sport was a recreation activity for most of the Jawans and Maharajas in India. Before the Maharajas set out for shooting, their servants drugged the Tigers making it easier and less risky for the Maharajas to kill the prey. Tiger hunting was regarded as the highest form of bravery. The person capturing the most top kill would be highly appreciated. It is heard that King George set out hunting in Nepal and caught over 39 tigers each day. Colonel Nightingale captured more than 300 tigers in India. In India, many rules thought shooting down tigers was a good omen. At least one tiger would be killed each time a princess was born indicating auspiciousness. In 1915, it is heard that the king of Surguja slaughtered more than 1190 tigers. The same practice kept continuing till Indira Gandhi took over India. In the wake of the 17th century, it was declared that tiger population would be extinct by the end of the decade. Indira Gandhi not only out outlaw tiger hunting but also banned the export of tiger pelts to other Countries.

Project Tiger

Founded in 1973, project tiger founded by Indira Gandhi is an initiative to conserve tiger species. Conserving Bengal tigers, in particular, was the goal. A large number of tiger reserves were identified and conserved. Human activities were strictly banned in this region. Poaching of tigers was banned entirely. In 2006 camera security was made strict to stop any poaching practice. By 2007, the tiger census increased from 1165 to 1657. The statistics released in 2015 showed a better increase to 2226 tigers. In 2018, the tiger population is estimated to cross 3000. The National Tiger Conservation Authority is responsible for the conservation of tigers in India. One of the primary objectives of the project tigers is to reduce the factors that lead to a reduction of tiger habitat and to ensure a place for tigers free from human activities.

Poaching

By 2006 it was realized that the tiger community in India was subjected to poaching. One of the reasons Project tiger failed was due to lack of proper security.

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