How to Hunt at Night without Night Vision

Hunting at Night

If you’re the avid hunter, you definitely know how it’s like to always try to find new species and have the night find you in the middle of nowhere. Hunting at night is no news and it has become a necessity with the combination of feral hog population going up the roof.

Hunting at night was a great opportunity for the manufacturers out there to create and make night vision optics that are essential, so they say, for hunting at night. Many hunters began spending more than just a few bucks for the night vision optics the minute they found out it wasn’t just for the military use.

However, guess what? We don’t think you always need the night vision when hunting at night and we definitely found the way how to hunt without them!

To use or not to use night vision

Let’s put it out there: using night vision is cool and we give it kudos for what’s capable of. Even in the darkest night, with minimum to no light, you’re able to see a great distance and even project no visible light to your prey.

The more you’re willing to pay for your night vision, the better performance you should expect from it. We talk about resolution, image quality, extra features.

Night vision is related to the new and modern technology, but this doesn’t mean you use other hunting light scans for your hunting.

Hunt at Night

Both night vision and night scans may give you a good amount of distance when hunting. It’s a bit more difficult to compare the two methods when it comes to the clarity, as we don’t have a scale to appreciate how the resolution comes out. There’s always an innate amount of image degradation when using the night vision.

When using alternative methods, the image quality comes down to daytime optics. Basically, it’s just like when you hunt during the day as the image quality is still related to the glass. It’s not the case of this though if you’re hunting with iron sites or bows.

We do have to give the night vision the credit of using red or green hunting light, which helps you become entirely stealthy when hunting. As you don’t project visible light, even if you’re using IR (infrared illuminator), coyotes or feral hogs, various varmints or predators won’t notice you.

Don’t forget about the part where you have to swap out optics when going with a night vision setup. Some systems are designed to be used with your typical daytime optics, but most models out there do require a full swap. You still need to zero it in just like a regular scope and not many hunters out there have the luxury of having a dedicated weapon just for night hunts.

The variety of mounting options that fits on different weapon platforms, with no need to re-zero or for removing the scope, are also important reasons for not using night vision.

Why use other methods

You may take in consideration that you should practice and use as often as you can other kinds of lights, especially if you’re a hunter that doesn’t want to spook his prey. Sure enough, the risk for spooking your prey is minimal when using red/green light, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist either.

One great thing about the alternative lights is that you may flip it on and simply watch how your prey goes on with its life, without noticing you or your light or your gun.

What’s good for you?

No matter which way you decide to go, the final choice should match your main goal: to make your hunting platform able to do precise shots at night.

For instance, if you’re willing to pay a bit more, get some help from a thermal imaging system or a 3rd gen night vision setup.

It’s important to know how much money you’re willing to pay for your hunting. Give a thought on how often you hunt at night and if you’re really using all the tools and accessories for hunting at night. Don’t get carried away by the thrill of hunting at night and play it simple. The more you carry on you, the more difficult for you it’s going to be to carry all of your gear.

Think thoroughly if you really need an accessory that may be swapped between your various weapon systems.

Therefore, if you don’t hunt at night on regular basics, stick to the hunting lights that are cheaper and easier to use than the dedicated night vision setup. You do have solutions and it’s up to you and your skills which one work the best for you.


How to Hunt with a Slingshot

Hunting with a Slingshot

Small and easy to carry around, slingshots are quite a powerful hunting weapon that you may easily use for small game like rabbits, squirrel, geese, pheasants, ducks and, surprisingly enough, even fish (if they are near the surface).

As long as you know how to use it, a slingshot is a great hunting weapon to have on you, in a small pocket or your backpack. If anything goes wrong when hiking, you may rely on this strong, small weapon, mainly if you know what to get the best out of it.

Know your weapon

SlingshotSlingshots aren’t just a kid’s toy and only an avid survivalist is able to recognize a good, dependable slingshot. We are not comparing slingshots to guns, as they may lose when it comes to accuracy and range, but they sure are easy to carry around, even in your pocket, when hiking. In addition, this part counts as a big pro, especially when compared to carrying a heavyweight rifle on your shoulder.

We also like slingshots as they are quiet and you may shoot at an animal without scaring other possible preys around. You’re gonna find slingshots great for hunting rabbits as they have bigger heads, which makes aiming easier. Let’s not forget they also like a lot to raise their areas and scout the area. Keep in mind to always aim for the head. Moreover, if you miss, don’t worry either. Once they’re wounded, they’re not that difficult to track.

What ammunition is good?

It’s not mission impossible to find ammunition for your slingshot. Additionally, it’s not pricey either and you should be able to find it in any hardware store. A popular choice are the marbles as they are cheap and effective at the same time.

You don’t have to spend the extra buck for the slingshot either and even a cheap model may throw a projectile faster than 150 ft. per second. Just to make an idea, this is enough for fracturing a small animal’s skull and kill it within seconds.

You may also use regular stones, but the trajectory becomes a bit unpredictable and you may fail.

If you’re doing it like a pro, go for the steel balls as they are the most effective ammunition when hunting small game.

Tips when hunting with a slingshot

Small animals run fast and are so agile, so you don’t want to waste your ammunition while they’re running. Wait until they stop for a short breath and keep your slingshot close. A good hunting situation may disappear as fast it came, so you always have to be prepared.

If you have the skills for it, a great way to speed up the hunting process is to find the hole or the nest where your small game lives. We’re not talking about the underground burrows as they are more difficult to find, but it’s not that difficult to spot birds or squirrels on trees. Pay attention when hunting and open big your ears. Birds do communicate with each other, so it’s easier for you to see them.

hunting with a slingshot

The easiest animals to hunt with slingshots are definitely the rabbits. It’s great if you catch them when they’re still, while scouting the noises around. Aim for success and use steel ammunition so that you hit and kill the rabbit.

Squirrels are also easy to find in many forests and it’s best to catch them while getting down from a tree. If you don’t hit the head, chances are you hit the spine so the squirrel may not be dead, but still unable to move. They do have a tough skin and even if your ammo doesn’t tear the skin, the meat inside may be already wasted.

Should you get lost around a lake or some river, you may easily find some birds to hunt. A bird could feed you for even 5 days so focus if you see a flock of ducks. As long as you’re aiming right, it’s almost impossible not to hit at  least one of them.

Practice. Always

Hunting with a slingshot is typically for survival purposes, which is why you should practice all the time. Even if your prey isn’t moving, still it’s a small prey so it’s essential that you aim as precisely as you can. Speed varies from one slingshot to other and the ammunition that you use is also essential.

Try to hold the slingshot’s pouch lightly and hold it lower in your grip. When you’re new at this, you tend to hold it too high or too tightly, which may result into shooting everything else but your small game.

Precision is essential when hunting with a slingshot and you should aim for the head for humanitarian reasons. Just because you missed the head, doesn’t mean your hunt isn’t already injured and only minutes away from dying. After all, you’re stranded without your dog in the wilderness, unable to find on your own a soon to be dead small animal.