Hunting strategy

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A hunting strategy, or hunting method, is for locating, targeting, and killing a targeted animal. Hunting methods have also been applied to situations such as the pursuit of fugitives by government agencies and the targeting of a small military unit by a larger one, especially during low intensity conflict.[citation needed]

Hunting strategies include: [1]

  • Baiting is the use of decoys, lures, scent or food to attract targeted animals.
  • Blind or Stand hunting is waiting for animals in a concealed or elevated position.
  • Calling is the use of noises to attract or drive animals.
  • Camouflage is concealing oneself visually, or with scent, to blend in with the environment.
  • Dogs may be used to help flush, herd, drive, track, point at, pursue, or retrieve animals.
  • Game drive system was a prehistoric hunting strategy where game were herded into areas where they could be hunted in groups.
  • Driving is the herding of animals in a particular direction, as over a cliff or to other hunters.
  • Flushing is the practice of scaring targets from concealed areas.
  • Spotlighting is the use of artificial light to find or blind targets before capture. Modern lighting also includes IR and other devices.
  • Scouting consists of a variety of tasks and techniques for finding animals to hunt.
  • Stalking is the practice of walking stealthily, often in pursuit of an identified animal.
  • Tracking is the practice of interpreting physical evidence to pursue animals.
  • Trapping is the use of devices (e.g., snares, pits, deadfalls) to capture or kill an animal.


  1. ^ Pike, Travis (7 November 2016). "Hunting & Shooting Gear Guide". Outdoor Empire. Retrieved 20 June 2017.