The safe and proper way of hunting using a gun

The safe and proper way of hunting using a gun

To avoid the overpopulation of certain game animals that do not have other predators, hunting is permitted in some states. Game animals are a source of healthy meat and are not that environmentally cruel as long as hunters know when to stop and which animals to hunt. 

Before hunting, you should have proper training and knowledge on how to do it safely and properly. Here is a quick guide to keeping yourself and others safe while you hunt:

Know which game to hunt

A game is a type of animal that you will be looking for once you decide to hunt. Some of the popular games hunters look for are:

  • Rabbit
  • Hare
  • Crow
  • Squirrel
  • Pheasant
  • Waterfowl
  • Deer
  • Bear
  • Mountain goat
  • Moose

Keep in mind that you should not always hunt for these animals anytime, anywhere. Make sure to check any local or state laws regarding hunting so you would not accidentally kill animals that are on the verge of extinction.

Choose your hunting tool

Certain types of guns are advisable for hunting specific games. Once you decide which one to hunt, take time to research which type of gun is best to use for it. Some of the ideal guns to use are shotgun, rimfire rifle and black powder rifle.

Take safety courses and obtain a license

You should take safety courses that are often mandatory in some states and areas, especially since you will be hunting using a gun. This is to ensure that you know all the hunting regulations and prevent being fined. After taking safety courses, you are now eligible to obtain a hunting license that may also be mandatory depending on the area you will hunt at.

Bring emergency supplies

Once you are on your way to hunt, do not forget to bring emergency supplies, especially if you are going to spend the night. Here are some of the things you should have:

  • Lighters
  • Mobile phone
  • Necessary medication such as insulin, blood pressure pills or allergy medicines
  • Waterproof flashlight
  • Space blanket or tent
  • Knife
  • First aid kit
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Emergency food like granolas, MREs or meal replacement bars

Be familiar with the terrain

You should take a quick tour of the area before you go hunting so you will know where your game is likely to take a rest. Remember any swamps, fallen trees or loose rocks that might become an obstacle once you are on the hunt. Enter the area quietly and park your car at a considerable distance so you won’t disturb the games.

Make sure you know what the game looks like

Some games look alike so make sure you know which one to hunt. Also, many species have restrictions on the size and sex you can hunt so make sure to always refer to the states or local area’s regulations about hunting to ensure that you will only kill the right target.

Kill the game as quickly and painlessly as possible

As a game killer, the least you can do is to take away the life of your target as quickly as possible. Make sure you take full responsibility for the sacrifice of life that must be made just to satiate your own. If you think the animal is too far away or is moving too quickly, do not shoot. This will only result in the animal running away while being in pain due to the injury you caused.

About Formalito

Founded in 2000, Formalito is one of the first online firearm dealers in South Africa that provide responsible gun owners with quality firearms and gun accessories online. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or email us. You can find our telephone number and email address on our contact page.

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