One of the most fascinating varieties of hunting is running hunting. It requires the hunter to be very well-prepared, ready to walk more than one kilometer, as well as a special flair, surprisingly well-coordinated action with dogs - otherwise you will not have to hope for a decent booty. However, do not forget about high-quality equipment - it also plays an important role, the success of hunting also depends on it.
Pros and cons of running hunting
Running hunting is the most popular in the fall, in the middle and at the end, when the beast has already changed its summer skin to winter, representing a particularly valuable trophy.
One of the reasons why many experienced people go hunting hunting is the ability to act alone, or rather, in company with only a dog. Not everyone likes hunting in the company - it knocks us down, often it does not allow us to gather our thoughts. Yes, and inexperienced beginners, or just overly noisy partners, often cause more problems than good.
Exactly hunting allows you to find out how well the hunter understands the habits of a particular beast, feels his dog. After all, the process of such a hunt is very unusual.
Experienced hunters know that the beast never runs away from the dog in a straight line - instead, he makes a large circle - most often from 1 to 5 kilometers - as a result, returning to about the starting point. The shooter, knowing this feature, must demonstrate an extraordinary knowledge of the prey of the prey and choose exactly the place where she will probably come running away from the dog. To do this, you need to know the terrain well - and this is the main minus. If the hunter first got to a new place, he has to run a lot and quickly. Depending on which animal leaves the chase (everyone has certain habits, preferences), you need to determine which route he will take, and also quickly choose a place where you can arrange an ambush.
So, on a hunting trip you need to be able to either run fast, or perfectly know the habits of the beast. Otherwise, rely on rich production is not necessary.Many hunters prefer to act alone
As already mentioned, it is very important to have the appropriate equipment - it provides maximum comfort, allowing you to stay on your feet for a long time. This means that the probability that a hunter will return home with a rich catch increases significantly. Let's talk about the most important items of equipment.
One of the most important elements of equipment. The backpack should have everything that may be required during the hunt: a water flask, a first-aid kit, ammunition, and much more. In addition, prey usually develops in a backpack - carrying a pair of weighty hares on a belt, while running through the forest - is clearly not a great pleasure. Therefore, you need to choose a backpack suitable.
First of all, volume. The backpack for running hunting should have a volume of 30-40 liters. On the one hand, this size allows you to put together everything you need, including production. On the other hand, it is not too large, it will not cling to branches because of the dimensions that protrude beyond the owner’s contour.
The next important factor is the back. She must be tough. Otherwise, a badly laid first-aid kit or flask will constantly put pressure on your back - in a few hours, unpleasant sensations will turn into hellish torment. And to spend time on the shift of things in a backpack in the midst of hunting is not always possible. A rigid back provides protection for the back, even if the hunter throws equipment in a hurry, without wasting time on his neat packing.
Finally, the straps. They should be wide and rigid. If you choose a model with narrow or soft straps, then with a large weight of the backpack, they will twist, crash into the body. Due to discomfort, fatigue will come faster. And a pair of grouse hares caught is already a kilogram of 10. So, this important criterion must be paid attention to.The backpack for hunting should have a rigid back and wide soft straps
Of course, shoes for running hunting is an essential element. After all, you have to walk a lot, and sometimes run. And not along the treadmill, but through the forest, stones, dry branches. Therefore, shoes should be appropriate.
First of all, you need a stiff outsole - then you feel less tired, and even accidentally stepping on a knot or a thorn, you will not pierce your leg.
Sometimes you have to walk along the dew or, without looking at your feet, you can fly into a puddle or even a small stream. Therefore, shoes should not get wet quickly. Because of this, berets and boots for running hunting are very popular. They are reliable, durable, practical. And the shoes also fix the ankle, reducing the risk of dislocation with an unsuccessfully placed leg.
By the way, if you choose boots, then learn to reel up footcloths. When used correctly, they almost completely eliminate the risk of stuffing corns.Walking shoes should not get wet quickly
An important role is played by a suit for running hunting. It has special requirements.
The fabric should be light, soft, but durable. Please note that you will have to walk a lot, move, change the location. Clothing should adapt to the hunter. Therefore, the presence of special “pockets” for ventilation (for example, in the armpits), which can be quickly opened and closed, is an important factor. A good choice would be clothing made of velvet or cotton.
But camouflage colors in this case are not required. She still will not be able to cope with her main duty. The hunter has to move a lot, then go to the edge of the forest, then run along the trail, then cross the arable land. Camouflage is only effective when it sits motionless against the background of bushes.
In addition, experts believe that clothes for running hunting should have bright elements. After all, they often hunt not alone, but to track the location of other shooters who are constantly moving is almost impossible. To exclude the possibility of an accidental shot at a person, bright, conspicuous elements are just needed.Clothing for running hunting should be light but durable.
Which rifle to choose for running hunting?
Now go to the holy of holies of any hunter. Of course, we are talking about a gun for running hunting.
There is a lot of controversy. Many experts prefer the classic double-barreled shotguns - “vertical” or “horizontal”. In like semi-automatic shotguns, they have a rather long barrel, but at the same time their total length is less, as well as weight. This is very important, because you have to walk a lot during a hunting trip - every extra hundred grams brings a moment of fatigue closer. And too long weapons will often cling to branches.
A very popular smoothbore caliber is 20. On the one hand, it allows you to hit almost the same distance as 12 gauge. But at the same time, such guns have less weight, and the recoil is noticeably weaker. The last factor is extremely important - often when driving a hunt you have to shoot offhand, there is simply no time to conveniently take a gun, take a suitable stance.
Some hunters when they talk about weapons, a rifle, a carbine for running hunting prefer. This is also a good choice. For example, the SKS carbine has proven its worth when hunting various animals. This is generally an ideal carbine for running hunting. Light, gritty, rather short, it allows you to fire at a distance inaccessible to smoothbore weapons. After all, far from always the production runs up to a distance of 30-50 meters, where you can make a confident shot from a smoothbore gun.
If you install at least two or four times the sight for running hunting, you can confidently beat the beast even at a greater distance.SKS carbine has proven its worth when hunting various animals
Dog for running hunting
Who provides the hunter with prey by driving a wide variety of animals directly at him? Of course, this is man’s best friend - a dog.
The breed can be different: spaniel, retriever, husky, labrador, hound and others. But all of them must be perfectly distinguished by discipline, endurance. Indeed, for the hunter the hunter has to walk up to 15-20 kilometers. This is despite the fact that he goes in a straight line. The dog also has to cut circles, driving the prey to the owner. Therefore, boldly increase the distance traveled by a person by 3-5 times.Hunting likes excellent stamina
To be in great shape, the dog must not only eat right (less fat, faster carbohydrates), but also move a lot. It is foolish to hope that a dog that has spent the last three to four years in an apartment will show itself well during hunting.
The dog should be trained accordingly. On the one hand, he must have a good instinct in order to find the trace of the beast that passed several hours ago. On the other hand, the dog must have the right instincts. That is, it should drive prey exclusively to the owner - without deviating from the laid route, without being distracted by external stimuli.
Remembering all these simple secrets, you will surely always come back from running hunting not only with rich trophies, but also with a sea of positive.