Hunting - Methods


Historical, subsistence, and sport hunting techniques can differ radically, with modern hunting regulations often addressing issues of where, when, and how hunts are conducted. Techniques may vary depending on government regulations, a hunter's personal ethics, local custom, hunting-equipment, and the animal being hunted. Often a hunter will use a combination of more than one technique. Laws may forbid sport hunters from using some methods used primarily in poaching and wildlife management.

  • Baiting is the use of decoys, lures, scent, or food
  • Battue involves scaring animals (by beating sticks) into a killing-zone or ambush
  • Beagling is the use of beagles in hunting rabbits, and sometimes in hunting foxes
  • Beating uses beaters to flush out game and/or drive it into position
  • Blind hunting or stand hunting is waiting for animals from a concealed or elevated position
  • Calling is the use of animal noises to attract or drive animals
  • Camouflage is the use of visual or odour concealment to blend with the environment
  • Dogs may be used to course or to help flush, herd, drive, track, point at, pursue, or retrieve prey
  • Driving is the herding of animals in a particular direction, usually toward another hunter in the group
  • Flushing is the practice of scaring animals from concealed areas
  • Glassing is the use of optics,such as binoculars, to more easily locate animals
  • Glue is an indiscriminate passive form to kill birds
  • Internet hunting is a method of hunting over the internet using webcams and remotely controlled guns
  • Netting involves using nets, including active netting with the use of cannon nets and rocket nets
  • Persistence hunting is the use of running and tracking to pursue the prey to exhaustion.
  • Scouting includes a variety of tasks and techniques for finding animals to hunt
  • Solunar theory says that animals move according to the location of the moon in comparison to their bodies, and is said to have been used long before this by hunters to know the best times to hunt their desired game
  • Spotlighting or shining is the use of artificial light to find or blind animals before killing
  • Stalking or still hunting is the practice of walking quietly in search of animals, or in pursuit of an individual animal
  • Tracking is the practice of reading physical evidence in pursuing animals
  • Trapping is the use of devices such as snares, pits, deadfalls to capture or kill an animal

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