What Your Mama Taught You About Hunting-------------------------------------
© By Marylouise
Most hunters do not realize that their mothers (not their fathers) were their first hunting trainers. Dads take semi-trained youngster to the woods for further instruction. I’ll explain.
Your mother warned ‘not to make a spectacle of yourself’ - an important hunting tip. Great hunters stay in the shadows, out of direct sunlight. There’s only one word for hunters who walk along the tops of hills with the sun behind them - busted!
Mama was right when she cautioned you to ‘quit wiggling.’ No matter how well you’ve camouflaged yourself, too much movement will give you away.
Hunters who stalk in pine areas store their ghillies in plastic bags, with pine leaves. Those hunting in dense woods often add a variety of leaves - so they will smell more natural.
Do you know what your Mom was teaching you when she chased you, waving your mittens? Having one’s hands & face (and any other exposed surface) covered is critical because your body reflects light.
When a duck is looking down at a marsh and sees a flash of light, he continues on to a safer place. Deer also have a knack for seeing a flash and knowing it’s time to move elsewhere.
Using camo and ghillie for concealment? Remember: “Child, go back to your room and take off that ratty shirt.” Worn or faded camo does you little good. When the contrast (lights vs. shadows) is gone, so is your protection! If your image isn’t broken up by the lights and shadows, you will be seen.
“Child, don’t be a show-off,” was just your mother’s way of reminding you that shiny objects are seen objects! Like your face - a thermos, riflescope, watch - has reflective properties. These items should be removed or concealed. Remember: Your solution must be matte (flat, no reflection) or it’s no good.
When Mama asked you to look at something “from a different point of view,” she was offering another hunting tip. Hunters are more successful when they are not at eye-level. Be up in a tree (12′ up), or sitting on the ground with your back to a tree. You want to see the “whites of his eyes” before your target sees yours! Be where he doesn’t expect you. I could go on, but I think I’ve proven that Mom was your first hunting teacher! It goes with my other hypothesis: Your Mother is Always Right.
About the Author:
Marylouise, author of the above article, teaches a variety of classes, mostly to seniors. She also owns Easy Online Ordering, an online dealer for Gerber, Leatherman, hunting supplies, hunting camo decals, etc. Marylouise also writes a blog, EasyOnlineOrdering.comWeblog.
Tags: Guest Blog, Mama Knows Best, Young Hunters, Hunter Education
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