Hunting Tips

Hunting Tips

Today is the opening day of hunting season. And if it isn’t, just wait a few days. Maybe a week at most. Either way, get ready.

It’s funny. We tend to think of opening day as a single date on the calendar, when in fact, more than 2,000 different hunting seasons—early seasons, late seasons, youth, bow, and gun seasons for dozens of critters in scores of zones—will open in 2018. And more than 700 of them will open in August and September.

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He was a mighty hunter before the Lord ; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord .” (Genesis 10:9)


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Call Up Some Claws

As you celebrate the start of another big-game season, remember that the opportunity to tag prize predators is likely already open in the West and can offer some big excitement if you fill your other tags early or just want to spend some time targeting clawed critters.

You’ll want to review the hunting regulations for your area closely, of course. But most Western states have long predator seasons with generous quotas and allow the use of electronic calls.

Be ready to take advantage of those regs by keeping a few predator calls in your pack or stashing a remote electronic caller in your vehicle. Pull them out at the conclusion of your big-game hunt or when there’s obvious evidence of predators in your area, like coyotes yipping in the distance.

Start by mimicking something small and suffering, such as a distressed fawn, calf, varmint, or rodent. Just be prepared for anything. Distress calls can attract bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and lions. There’s nothing quite like watching a coyote or wolf materialize in the timber or suddenly appear in the wide open, trotting right to you. I’ve also had bears come to my cow elk calls, and lions slip in on my coyote cries. You never know what might show up, and that’s half the fun. —B.R.