Feb 21, 2012, 12:24 PM EST
I come from a family that did not hunt therefore all of my hunting knowledge is as a result of a collective gathering of great hunters –from Mongolian nomads, to African pygmies, to Kalahari bushmen, African trackers, and professional hunters from nearly every culture. Had it not been for these men (yep, that’s right; I have never been guided by or had field instruction by a woman), I wouldn’t be the huntress I am today. They’ve taught me how to track, stalk, still-hunt, shoot, anticipate, endure, keep a positive attitude, eat horrible food (and like it), wee in the bush, clean (both guns and carcasses), train and ultimately instilled in me their hunting method(s) of which I’ve applied to my own hunting style.
I have discarded some techniques and methods (because maybe it wasn’t successful, effective or ethical), but I have also implemented many hunting practices to further develop my own hunting skills. Because I am eager to learn and be the best hunter I can be I always pay very close attention.
Through the coming weeks I’m going to try to recall the lessons and principles I’ve learned and attempt to accurately reiterate them so you may further develop your own hunting style; in return I ask for you to give me your tips, as silly as they may sound, so I can be a better huntress… for instance, I had a man-friend tell me that he has his own stash of tampons so he can dip them in doe urine and hang them in trees to lure in bucks! Pretty darn clever!
Can you give me any tips big or small to help me become a better hunter?