Hunting Strategies on Exotic Hunts
As a hunter, you know that every action you take the moment you step foot into nature has the potential to impact your hunt—for better or for worse. Make the wrong move, and your prey will bolt away, disappearing into the brush. Make the right moves, and you stand a much higher chance of success, but you need to use the right methods in order to succeed. Here are a few of our favorite strategies for Texas exotic hunts.
Use Desktop Maps to Survey Hunting Areas
Knowing your environment is one of the most important factors when hunting. That’s why hunters immediately investigate each new area as they move through new unfamiliar country, at least when they’re hunting on foot. You don’t need to wait until you arrive to study the land anymore; desktop programs with topographical maps can help.
Head on over to Google, and then surf to Google Maps. Put in the location where you’ll be hunting, and then hit the Earth button at the bottom. Now, zoom in—what do you see? Water? Flats? Thickets? Scan the land and look closely; you might even see a few targets captured on satellite at the same time. You can use this information to plot out your hunt before you even head out.
Get to Know Your Target’s Preferred Habitat
Getting to know the lay of the land is just the beginning; you also need to understand your target’s preferred habitat, including how the animals move and experience it first-hand.
For example, targeting waterfowl will obviously take you through a very wet, damp habitat, which may mean you need hip waders or even a boat for travel. In comparison, stalking wildebeest or gazelle often requires venturing out into open fields and meadows, meaning it may be best to stay in a blind or go after them safari style in a hunting vehicle. Exotic game hunting in Texas can be extremely varied.
Research your animals to learn more about where they live, which habitats they prefer, and why they prefer that particular type of area. Use that knowledge to boost exotic game hunting strategies and make yourself more effective.
Hunt Small Game on the Move
As a general rule, you should expect to hunt small game like rabbits, wild turkeys, and beavers while on foot and on the move. These creatures often have a very small movement footprint, meaning they don’t travel a significant distance during the day. They’re also much more likely to simply dash back to their dens or a convenient hiding spot if they feel threatened.
If you’re targeting smaller game, expect to spend a good amount of time on foot and tracking your prey. Head to heavy brush, areas with tall grasses, and zones with plenty of “hiding spots” for best results.
Use One of These 3 Options for Big Game
Hunting something larger, like a wildebeest or mouflon? You have three core options for hunting your prey:
- Hunt spot-n-stalk on foot and on the move
- Hunt from a blind or tree stand
- Hunt safari-style with a vehicle
All three options are viable; it just depends on what you happen to be hunting. Anyone trying to chase an ostrich down on foot is going to have a difficult time because ostriches run about 45 mph when spooked. Similarly, it may be safer to hunt big game like wildebeests and water buffalo from a vehicle, where you’re protected if they happen to charge. Other species, such as the Dama gazelle, spook easily and may be better hunted via a good blind.
At Montgomery Properties Ranch, we specialize in exotic game hunting in Texas. From start to finish, we help accomplished and amateur hunters land big game, including Asian water buffalo, ibex, gazelle, and many more. Spend a few days with us and experience the thrill of the hunt with a guide by your side. Call 817-925-2234 to learn more about exotic deer hunts in Texas and other incredible experiences.