Introduction to Hunting Dangerous Animals

Posted: 17th December 2013 by Michael Levanduski in Animals, Hunting & Trapping, Wilderness Survival
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hunting dangerous animalsHunting is an essential survival skill for anyone who wants to be prepared for the worst. In most cases, hunters go after minimally threatening animals like deer, antelope, or any type of small game.  Of course, all hunting can be dangerous, but for the most part a hunter is pretty safe when targeting these types of prey.  Whether for the thrill, or necessity, however, some people also hunt dangerous animals that can fight back.  In order to be prepared for this type of hunting, you’ll need to keep some things in mind.

Types of Dangerous Animals

There are many different animals you can hunt that can be extremely dangerous.  The following are some of the most commonly hunted dangerous animals and some information about them.  For the purpose of this post, I’ll focus on North American animals:

  • Alligators & Crocodiles – Hunting these animals has gotten a lot of attention lately due to the popular television show, “Swamp People.” While the show is entertaining, it doesn’t show just how dangerous it can be.  One bad step and these animals can have you underwater in seconds, where it will be virtually impossible to escape.
  • Bears – There are many different types of bears that people hunt.  These powerful animals are much faster than they look, and can often survive multiple gunshots.  In addition, some can climb trees and swim quickly so if one starts charging you, it can be very difficult to outrun.
  • Wild Boar – Don’t make the mistake of thinking these are the docile pigs you see on TV.  Wild Boar have thick, sharp tusks and are extremely intelligent.  It is reported that they are the 4th smartest animal in the world.  Weighing up to 660 lbs, and extremely aggressive, these mean animals are deadly.  They are also very tough, so even if you’ve shot them, be extremely careful until you’re 100% sure they are dead.
  • Bison – While not quite as aggressive as some other animals, bison are huge and won’t hesitate to trample you if given the chance.  An injured bison may attack if you get too close.
  • Big Cats – Mountain lions, jaguars, bobcats, and other big cats are extraordinarily fast and deadly.  While they will often run away when threatened, they can be very protective of their young so don’t take any risks.
  • Gray Wolf – Wolves typically stay in packs, and their numbers can make them quite brave.  If the pack turns on you, get up into a tree as quickly as possible.  You don’t have a chance at fighting them all off, even if you’re well armed.

Preparation

Before you go out to hunt, learn as much as you can about the animal you’re going after.  Make sure you choose your weapons wisely, and always have a backup weapon as well.  You’ll also want to make sure you have a cell phone or other communication device with you in case of an emergency.  If at all possible, go out with a partner when hunting so you’re never alone.

Once you are ready to get out and start hunting, you’ll want to take careful note of your surroundings.  Look for trees that you can quickly climb if necessary (depending on the type of animal you’re hunting).  If you are stalking an animal, attempt to see if it has any babies with it.  If it does, you’ll need to be extra careful, because animals are extremely aggressive when they are with their young.  Never take any chances when hunting these deadly beasts.  For example, even if you are walking up on what you believe to be a dead animal, move slowly and have your weapon at the ready.  Animals are surprisingly resilient, and can appear dead just before attacking.

Knowing how to hunt deadly animals is an important skill, but it is not something you should rush right into.  Whether you’re hunting for pleasure, or for food needed for survival, make sure you are taking all necessary precautions.  Humans may be far smarter than these animals, but they are much faster and stronger, so don’t underestimate them.

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