Driven hunting for moose is a collective event with clearly defined roles and positions. One piece of hunter chases an animal, and the other produces shooting. The method is characterized by a high degree of risk to the participants of the hunt, and therefore requires strict discipline from all those present. At the event, from the most experienced hunters selected senior, whose instructions must complete all other. The success of hunting elk is composed of several factors, each of which will examine in more detail.
Rules of shooting moose
Shooting such a large animal like a moose, requires not only precision, but also the ability of determining the correct distance, knowledge of lethal places on the body of the beast, as well as patience and composure. If we add here also the excitement that can occur because of the responsibility before a group of hunters before the shot, the task is quite difficult as it may seem initially.
The beast should be allowed until the moment when the shot will be the most adjusted, with maximum probability to hit.
Adversely can affect the success as a hasty shot, when the line of sight is not controlled or shooting through any obstacles, and too slow, in which can be torn down or numb hands. In this case, it is better to admit mistake than to leave the beast wounded animal.
To evaluate the result of hunter can track a wounded animal or his reaction to the hit. After the shooting ceased, no need to fuss and run for the beast is a flagrant violation. Before the pursuit of a wounded elk need to wait for some time (if it’s not evening / night time). The beast, sensing that its catching up, it will go even faster. It is therefore recommended to wait for some time and then go on the trail.
Determining the severity of injury
- Blood, of course, is the first sign of contact. But it is not only a “beacon.” Long pieces of wool for the seat of moose during the shot talking about the hit in the upper part of his body, and short, light-coloured — legs.
- Dark blood and it is not enough. Most often, it shows the wound to the chest; most likely, the bullet grazed his internal organs remained in the body. In this wound the elk goes hard, tries to lift the part of the body.
- The wound of the intestine causes the beast to sgorbissa, little blood, dark and sometimes even black color.
- Blood, lying on either side of the track, describes the wound as a through and through.
- Dark, liquefied pieces of blood suggests that the wound is very severe, is associated with damage to internal organs.
A wounded animal often tries to cool the wound and regain strength. To that end, it lays down. According to the traces left at the place of its maturation, it is also possible to determine the severity of the injury. Attention should be paid to the objects located in the path of the moose. So, the blood-stained twigs and bushes can show the altitude at which there is a wound. The beast leaves and other traces, to decrypt them you just have to look around and not rush to judgment and persecution.
Even a badly wounded elk can go far, if they feel the prosecution. Therefore, it is better to wait about an hour. You can go both on the track and outside it, cutting trajectory.
To after the shot, the animal remained in place and not left a wounded animal, you need to have the weapons necessary caliber, and know points of contact which will be lethal for the animal. 12 or 16 gauge if not kill, then certainly cause the elk to stop, thus giving the hunter a chance for a second shot. The main killer points are:
- subscapular area;
- head and spine.
Neck as the goal of hunters is chosen infrequently, as it is quite difficult to get into. But if the bullet will still have in it’s place, the animal will be stopped. Shot under the shoulder blade is a large probability of hitting the heart, then the animal will not be able to move. Even if the bullet reaches the heart, the injury would be so heavy that not allowed to go far away moose.
The spine and head are the most dangerous for the moose wound site, because with high probability they will be fatal. But guidance in these points is ambiguous, as the size of the head is very small and to hit it hard and the spine is hidden under the hair, which is also a difficult target.
As shown by numerous cases, defeated the moose is not a reason to lose vigilance and to reduce precautions. The approach to lying of the animal better done from the back, the weapon must be loaded. You need to pay attention to the eyes, hair and ears of the beast defined their position can mean immobility or on the contrary, the willingness of the elk to “fight back”. Moose shot and can hit the hunter if ears pinned, fur raised. A wounded animal suffers great pain to cease which obliged hunter. The most effective in this case, a shot behind the ear.
One of the main rules of hunting is not to shoot at poorly visible targets. Open fire is forbidden with the exorbitant great distance, and at the rustle. For weapons you need to constantly monitor his position should be safe for other participants of the hunt. The gun barrel should not be exposed to snow, mud or anything else. The barrels are checked before charging.
Stuck the cartridge is removed carefully. The gun on the shoulder should carry the trunk up. During stops or halts the weapon must be unloaded, you can leave even with a separate shutter. People engaged in filming the video of the hunting process should be instructed as well as other participants of the event.
Who should be the trophy
Driven moose hunting often leaves open one important question — who should get the trophy? The dispute arises from the fact that the firing is conducted in various hunters and people with little experience of participation in such activities may have differences.
The decision rests with the shoot Manager who needs to understand how the situation developed.
In the General sense, the trophy should belong to the hunter who took a shot stopping beast. Even if re-shot, to achieve the animal was heard from the other room, the first shooter becomes the owner of the moose’s head. The exception to this rule can only be considered shots of “mercy” which only wounded the animal. In this case, the holder of the trophy becomes the first hunter, who inflicted heavy damage, but not the one who has completed the process.