Hunting Hints

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Buffalo Hunt on the Southwestern Prai...
John Stanley
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There was even more the novice hunter had to learn, and that was the art of creating decoys and making realistic animal sounds that would lure his prey. Either of these could save the hunter hours of time in the chase.

In the far north a caribou sound was made by making a megaphone shape out of bark and lustily blowing into it. An elk call was very similar.

Did any of you as a child, put a blade of grass between your thumbs and blow on it to make a whistle? I did. It was only much later that I learned that my 'whistle' was the way Indians emulated a fawn calling out for its mother.

Another trick the Indians used was to rub a bone against the trunk of a tree hoping a wandering buck would mistake the sound for the sound of what a doe does in heat. An opposite trick was to clack antlers together drawing an inquisitive doe closer to see who was fighting over her.

Like hunters today decoys were used for hunting waterfowl. Indian decoys were made using marsh reeds and cattails, but they worked just as well as the lifelike models used by hunters today. Maybe they worked even better.

Summer is on the way and hunting season will open. Most importantly bear in mind that the Indian hunter only took what he needed and after each kill, he said a prayer, thanking the animal for giving its life so his family could live.

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An Indian Trapper
Frederic Remington
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I am not a hunter, nor do I believe in hunting, except with a camera. If you'd like to hunt, Indian style, use the tips I have given you, only shoot with a camera, not with a Gun.

P.S. If, while you are walking in the woods, you happen to come across an opossum 'playing possum' he really isn't playing. He has seen you first, and has momentarily fainted, in fear of you.

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