Depending on what part of the country you adventure in, the possibility for dangerously being surprised while stalking your prey may vary. Because the quieter you are the less likely the residents of your path will know you’re coming and the more likely it is for a surprise meeting. What should you do?
Answer These Questions
Start with asking yourself a few questions.
- Is the opportunity to sneak up on your prey and be a skilled hunter worth the risk?
- Are you aware of the species that reside where you’ll be stalking?
- Do you know the best way to respond?
- Are you equipped with any protection recommended for the possible encounter?
Dangerous Encounters with What?
The ability to sneak up on an animal without spooking it, then set up for the perfect shot is a learned skill. In some parts of the country there are great possibilities of dangerous encounters with bears, rattle snakes, big cats, moose and more. Every time you step foot into their territory you take a risk, but not everyone has the hankering to get in the mix with the unknown.
What kind of animals might you surprise while stalking your prey? Are you prepared? When stalking with a rifle you are indeed holding something that you can use as a tool to scare the bigger predators off with a shot in the ground.
Then there are those of you who choose to stalk with a crossbow like the Excalibur Micro Suppressor 400 TD which the sound of may not scare a predator off, what do you do?
Study to Show Yourself
Study up on how to behave or respond in those exact situations. Notice I said respond, you do not want to react. A reaction is impulsive and emotional which can lead to irrational actions. Because this is a blog and not a book, I’m not here to tell you how to deal with each type of predator. That would take me way too long.
After you’ve done your research or listened to one or two seasoned hunters in your area, get equipped. If you’re carrying the All Terrain Knoll Day Pack, it would be wise to pack some essentials for whatever you may be facing. Then if all else fails give the pack to the predator and let them try it on.
You Want a Next Time Right?
Next time you’re in the midst of the best place in your part of the world with whatever tool you choose to harvest your next prey, remember that white tail you’re hunting is not the only thing that lives there. And you may not be the only one stalking that deer and claiming that territory as their own.
As you put one foot in front of the other, be aware, be prepared, and don’t tempt the bear! (Ha I just made a rhyme, I knew I was talented). One more thing, it wouldn’t hurt to keep a Razor Tek knife in your boot or on your belt, yes keep it in the sheath until you need it. Because it’s always nice to have a last resort.
Because I Care
I’m not telling you this to discourage you. All I’m trying to get across to you, is I care about you, so stay safe, I need you to stick around to read my blogs. If it weren’t for you, who else would let me tell them what to do? Stay safe and happy stalking to the success of a harvest!