For some cultures, hunting has been a means of provision expressly depended on for survival. It not only provided a way of life but a means of economic stability through trade. As it has evolved over time into the present, it has also become a recreational activity and even a means for wildlife management. Federal and state regulations, guidelines and ordinances work together in order to allow man to interact with nature just as he has for hundreds of years while keeping a harmonious and safe balance with nature. Hunting is a combination of skill, patience and deep respect for one’s quarry and its environment.
In the beginning, primitive hunting is believed to have been little more than chasing an animal down until it was tired and then using a spear or other implement at close range. Over time, advances in weaponry allowed animals to be taken as much further distances. This is especially true with the invention of the gun or rifle. This made hunts not only more successful but safer. With the domestication of animals, hunting took the form of a recreational activity. The wealthy began using the hunt as a symbol of status. Now, hunting is a multi-billion dollar industry that includes private, corporate and government entities.
When it comes to hunting equipment, the debate between buying gear at a department store versus a sporting goods store is the center of great debate. In a store that specializes in outdoor sporting goods, one can find a greater variety and quality of items not found anywhere else. The sporting good section of a department store offers a general selection of items but does so in a much more affordable fashion. For those who hunt on a budget, department store prices can be a good option, especially when the same item found in the specialty store can be found for less at the department store. However, for more specialized or high quality equipment, it is often necessary to make the purchase from a specialty store.
During The Hunt…
If you are hunting deer and find yourself tracking a wounded animal, always use extreme caution. Other animals in the area may become panicked at the smell of one of their own running wounded near them. An injured animal is very unpredictable and may likely be desperate to get away if it senses that you are pursuing. Never approach a wounded animal head-on. Never allow yourself to be corned between a solid object and a wounded animal. Always have a way of escape in mind should the animal attack. If attacked, try to protect your head and chest as much as possible to limit damage to your vital organs and increase your chance of survival.
It is also important to be aware of and on the lookout for other animals like bears and snakes that may be encountered while hunting. Being aware of your surroundings is an important step in staying safe while hunting. Use some caution and common sense to ensure many more years of happy hunting yet to come.