Hunting 101: Learning from the Animals

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HuntHumans undoubtedly are above animals in the hierarchy of the ecosystem. The ability to use tools instantly puts man above the rest when it comes to hunting prey.

What sets man apart from animals in the wild is the ability to take any item and turn them into weapons. You can have scoped guns for distance, a hunting hearing aid for better perception, and traps to immobilize prey.

This does not mean there is nothing left to learn from other animals, though. Some species have learned by experience and mastered ways in acquiring food in the wild.

Here are some of things you can learn if you are training as a hunter:

Weakness

Exploiting the weakness of the enemy is the primary tactic of the ground beetle larva. Being a small, inadequately formed insect, the larva is a prime target for frogs. These amphibians are larger and may seem like they are on the winning side. What the larva does is to wait for the frog to unleash its tongue. This may be its primary weapon, but it is also its weakness. The larva latches onto the open skin and sucks it dry.

Exhaustion

Orcas may seem gentle by appearance, but they are vicious hunters of the sea. Their technique is to chase prey to the point of exhaustion. When dolphins grow tired, orcas can ram their bodies at them causing injury.

Luring

A margay is a wildcat that lives in the Brazilian rainforest. While it is capable of hunting prey through speed, it would rather let its prey come to its aid. It exhibits an ability to mimic cries of other species. By doing this, it can lure its prey thinking it needs help. Its mimicry has impressed researchers of the Amazon.

As experts say, knowing what your target does is the key to being a successful hunter. Man might not be as agile as the cheetah or strong as a gorilla, but we can adapt to situations that call for fast action.