The word 'bird-shooting' conjures up images of a group of hunters who shoot down anything that seems to be flying towards their group. It's an often-times enjoyable pastime and can be a great way to spend one's weekends, but there are some dangers involved with it. It's important to note that some birds are considered targets and need to be shot down if they are to prevent others from being injured. It is also illegal to hunt any type of wild bird, no matter how common or popular the bird might be. For this reason, bird hunters must learn more about the game they are shooting than simply what they will be hunting it in.
Hunting birds of prey is a dangerous sport. While most hunters enjoy the sport for the sheer excitement and challenge, serious hunters know that it is a real danger. Because they are hunted by other hunters, they have to be incredibly accurate when hunting. Being a hunter is not just about bringing home the kill; it's about avoiding being hunted by other hunters. To achieve this feat, hunters have developed many techniques for blending in with the environment they are hunting. Here are some of the most common ways hunters go about hiding and becoming an uncommon target.
Hiding in the Water - One of the most well-known techniques hunters use to avoid being noticed is to stop flying and float down next to a body of water. Common places to do this include creeks, lakes, and ponds. When a bird lands on your shot and notice you quickly change the direction you are facing and move into a different spot. If you have a large body of water nearby, you can even try to dive into the middle of the water and get out from under the radar, like a duck.
Hunting in a Puddle - There are a few different ways hunters can get into a puddle to avoid being seen by other birds. If a bird is hanging out near a pond, try shooting into it or spraying water from your gun to attract the attention of other birds. Some ducks are smart enough to know that hunters are coming, but others will simply hang out near the water until they are forced to move, such as by another hunter. If you have a large field, this is a good place to practice.
Diving Into the Underbrush - Sometimes when it isn't feasible to dive into the water, hunters can still stay hidden in the underbrush. While the birds may hear the approaching hunter and take off running, most do not. Hop behind a bush, climb up a tree, or stick something into the hole. If nothing shows up, don't worry, because the bird may be taking long flights over your head and simply not hear your approach.
Diving Into Lairs - Often a hunter will sit in a tree to take in the bird's perspective, but if the bird has made its way into your line of site, and you cannot easily maneuver, this can create problems. Instead of simply sitting and waiting, dive in and try to find the bird in the narrow areas between branches and in the underbrush. Often this will be easier said than done, because many birds have a thick coat of feathers that can block your gear, but not all. With a little patience, you can usually locate the bird with little trouble.
Hunting in Lays and Puddles - Because a bird's flight is generally very short, it can get into the smallest puddle or body of water you can find. It may be difficult, however, to shoot a bird in a puddle, because their body tends to taper off. If you spot a potential target in a nearby body of water, but it is heavily protected, consider shooting the bird on an out-of-the-way part of the lake or pond. This strategy often works.
Bird watching is a wonderful pastime. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and for a wide variety of reasons. If you're interested in seeing more exotic birds than what you can see at home, bird hunting is a great hobby to get involved in. Hunters who love nature and the outdoors can find a variety of different birds to pursue, and even the most novice bird hunters can usually come out a winner.