Summer hunting is often thought of as a hunter’s time to repair some things around the house. But, contrary to some opinions, even with turkey season winding down, there is plenty of game to hunt during those hot summer months. You may have to be a little creative and do some traveling, but summer is replete with some fine game.
Crows are usually not thought of as great game, but they can be destructive birds, and their meat is not unsavory at all. Crows travel in large flocks and you must be stealthy, work with decoys, and have good skills in calling to get them. As they eat waterfowl eggs, and can damage farmland, they can be considered pests, at the least annoyances. There are many wonderful recipes for crow meat as well. So you might want to consider hunting some crow. To strategize your hunt remember that there is always a “scout” crow who flies ahead to makes sure the area is safe. Some schools of thought say to take out the scout first, which will signal to the rest of the flock that it is safe to come. But others say you should leave the scout alone, which also lets the flock know, as he is fine, there are no concerns.
The Nilgai Antelope
The Nilgai’s origins are in India, and they are a great challenge for most hunters. They are free-range roamers in the south of Texas and northern Mexico. With keen senses, especially their sight and sense of smell, and being very fast on their feet, they are elusive and difficult to hunt. In this case the method preferred by most hunters is the “spot-and-stalk” method. For many hunters this kind of challenge is a lot of fun. Also it is widely known that Nilgai antelope meat is absolutely delicious, and well worth the hunt. They are also able to be hunted year-round as they are not classified as game animals.
Hogs, or feral pigs, are also not classified as game animals and so they can be hunted all year long. They also present a challenge to hunters as they are very prolific and somewhat invasive to the hunting landscape. Hogs are found all through the south and also as far north as Michigan and Pennsylvania. There are several ways to hunt hogs. The spot-and-stalk is one tried and true method. But you might also want to use a hunting dog – it’s always fun to have a canine companion along – or use other kinds of weapons besides a rifle, such as knives, bows and spears. That being said , there is good hog hunting for every type of hunting enthusiast.
So don’t think of the summer as a hunter’s “down time”. That is just untrue. For the hunter, summers can be as game-packed as any other time of year.