Every Hunting Terms You Should Know Of

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The hunting community is large and it even has subcultures depending on your area, interests, and expertise. Sometimes, even veteran hunters get confused with the hunting jargon, and that’s totally valid. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, this guide will help you with the definitions of words and phrases every hunter must know.Β 

  • Accounting For – Euphemism for the killing of the anima. This is also known as bowled over, brought to book, punished, dealt with.
  • Air scent – scent carried by the wind
  • Air washed – A bird that lands and doesn’t move or falls dead in the air and hits the ground is often said to be “air washed” and gives off very little scent on the ground and is difficult for dogs to find.
  • Autumn Hunting – The early part of the season, from around August to the beginning of the Main season.
  • Babble – the sound that a hound makes when it speaks unnecessarily.
  • Bay – The quarry is said to be at bay when it ceases to run and turns to face the pack.
  • Biddable –Β  Animals are biddable when they are at their most responsive, that is, when they have just checked.
  • Blacktail Deer –Β  a mule deer, esp. the subspecies (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) found from N California to Alaska
  • Brace of foxes – two foxes
  • Brush – The fox’s tail
  • Charlie – fox. Also known as Carles James and Mr. Todd
  • Covert – An area of scrub, brush, or woods where wild animals find protection
  • CubbingΒ  – The period immediately preceding fox hunting. It starts from around mid to late August until the Opening meet normally the last Saturday in October or the first Saturday in November when young hounds are trained to hunt and fox cubs are predominately hunted. Also known as Autumn hunting
  • Deer Yard – Small piece of land that attracts deer during the winter. These areas are usually attractive to deer because of the shelter and proximity of food sources.
  • Dominant Buck – A male deer that establishes a territory and right to breed does in that territory by fighting and intimidation of smaller male deer. Dominant bucks are usually the largest deer in the area.
  • Estrus Doe – When a doe is in heat, typically a 2-4 day period of time when that doe is capable of breading and will let a buck bread her.
  • Gang Rig – Several decoys fastened at intervals to a long line with anchors at each end. Often used by big water hunters for putting out large decoy spreads.
  • Heavy vixen – A female fox with cubs before whelping
  • Hunting Outfitters – Someone who both receives compensation in the form of money, services, or gifts from hunters and gives outfitting services to hunters.
  • Interdigital Gland – a scent gland located between a deer’s hooves that leaves a scent trail for other deer as that deer walks
  • Jakes – one-year-old male turkeys
  • Jennies – One-year-old female turkeys
  • Low scenting -a hind that can detect even the lowest levels of scent
  • Pope and Young – a way to score and record animals harvested by hunters for comparison purposes. Pope and Young record bow harvests.
  • Pre-Rut – A period prior to the actual mating season or rut when bucks begin to establish territories and dominance in preparation for the rut.
  • Poults – Turkey chicks
  • Raghorn –Β  A young bull elk, typically a 4×4 or small 5×5 in antler size, and usually 2-3 years old.
  • Scabbard – A case for a rifle that is hung from a saddle.
  • Turkey Grand Slam – When a turkey hunter shoots one turkey from one of the each of the 4 major turkey subspecies.
  • Still Hunting – The continuous movement of a hunter through an animal’s environment in hopes of finding the desired game
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