People don’t normally go climbing in the mountains to hunt for food due to its difficulty. Hunting in a flat, straight surface is much easier since the only thing you should be concerned about is hiding from your target or from preys that can cause you harm, unlike in the mountain, where you have to be very careful with each step you make since a single mistake can drag you down.
Here is the deal: hunting is not only about settling in one place. As a hunter, hunting on other places you are not used to is a challenge that you should be able to face in order to grow and learn much more about the sport.
Hunting in the mountain is not as easy as you think since there are tons of factors you should consider. Unlike other areas, like plain forests, mountain hunting requires you to stay much more alert. The steeper the place, the more dangerous it is; but then, camouflaging in the mountain is not a problem as long as there are trees around. Hiding behind a rock (if there are rocks in the area) when your target is near is definitely a plus point, too.
If you are interested to take the challenge of going on mountain hunting, here are some tips that could be useful to you:
Know your path
One important factor would be knowing the right path. As a hunter, studying the path should clearly be done to avoid stepping on danger zones.
It is especially important to leave some marks from your start point to know where to exit when you feel like you are getting lost or when it’s getting too dark for you to explore the area. Since the trees in the mountain look the same, leaving some marks on them would be of great help to you. These marks would definitely help you in identifying the area you have been to and guide you towards your starting point.
Wear the proper gear
Wearing of proper gear suitable for hunting is an obligatory rule that should never take for granted for the sake of your safety. If you cannot abide this basic rule, it lessens your chance of surviving uninjured. So go and wear boots, instead of slippers to avoid slipping in the muddy area and don’t show too much skin if you don’t want your scent to be exposed in the area. Some wild animals have sensitive nose, so try covering yourself well.
Bring what’s necessary
Sloped areas require much energy than walking around flat surfaces. Due to the gravitational force pulling you down, it’s really a difficult task to be able to walk through the mountain straight, especially in extremely sloped areas. If possible, walk through less sloped areas; but if it’s inevitable, just prepare yourself to walk through such difficult path. You will make it out alive that is if you’re physically and mentally ready for the challenge.
Since mountain hunting necessitates much energy than hunting in plain forests, you should be certain what to bring. Make sure you are packing light items since carrying heavy objects decrease your energy.
Sharpen your senses
Mountain hunting is no different from hunting in flat terrains in terms of senses; hearing, smelling, and sight are the very key in making your hunting journey a successful one. The only difference between those two aforementioned areas is that mountain hunting requires you to be keener in your surrounding. You are not only focusing on your target alone, but also to the unleveled ground.
Keep yourself energetic
Do some workouts that increase your oxygen intake on a daily basis and get proper sleep before the big day to ready yourself. Since walking and thinking for hours in an open field drains your energy, it is recommended that you carry with you energy bars and clean water to keep you on the go.
If you can, it’s best to train yourself before finally going mountain hunting. Keeping yourself fit would be the best preparation you can make. Once there, enjoy yourself.