Hunting on the approach is a mode of hunting that was practiced solely for purposes of regulation or observation.
Today, this atypical hunting called “silent hunting” becomes a perfect complement to the beat. It is less stressful for animals and wildlife hunting places.
This hunt being different from the hunt, it obeys other rules.
THE EQUIPMENT OF THE HUNTER TO THE APPROACH
When hunting on the approach you can use a hunting rifle, that is to say a rifled weapon, equipped with a perfectly adjusted telescope that we advise you to adjust at the beginning of season.
Adapt the caliber of this weapon to the hunted species, generally minimum 6mm for deer and 7mm for deer and wild boar.
You can also provide a hunting bow, whether traditional or pulley, we advise you to adjust certain parts depending on the morphology of the hunter: elongation, power etc. Besides, the best climbing tree stand is a necessary item.To accompany the rifle, the hunter will bring a Pirsch cane or a support rod.
He must also wear a pair of binoculars, in order to identify the game without using his rifle scope. Incidentally, the shooter can bring a rangefinder to better assess the distance between his position and the animal.
Approach in Scotland with camouflage FurtivLa hunting approach is practiced for three major periods between 1 June and 28 February. During the first part of the season, that is to say between June 1st and the general opening, only deer and wild boar can be hunted. These animals are subject to hunting plans, it is possible to hunt on approach only by agreement of the holders of the hunting plan. Each hunter must be the bearer of the hunting plan or a certified copy of the prefectural plan allocation order.
In the second half of the season, from September 1st to the general opening, the deer is added to the list of huntable species under the same conditions as for wild boar and deer. Then in the third part, from opening to closing, the three species are always huntable under the same conditions.
RULES OF APPROACH
This hunt is governed by specific rules that are five in number:
Hunting approach is practiced alone, that is to say without reeling
Hunting is by day, one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset
If several hunters are on the same hunting ground, they must stand at least 500m apart and hunt independently, without folding the game.
The hunter has the obligation to carry the decree or a certified copy
Between June 1st and the general opening, any animal taken can be transported only to the place of the shooter’s home.
The marketing of game taken is limited to authorized undertakings following a health check
THE PRINCIPLES OF THE HUNTING APPROACH
RESPECT FOR ETHICS
Originally and for the purists, these practices of approach and lookout constituted a privileged way to control the populations of game, as well on the quantitative plan (counting) as on the qualitative level (regulation of the puny individuals, patients or deficient).
It is still necessary today to carry out first of all shots said “sanitary”.
In this matter, it is a basic principle inescapable for hunting approach: THE CLEAN BALL.
The three conditions to be met to shoot a clean ball: the animal must be stopped, it must be crooked and no obstacle must be interposed between the animal and the hunter.
The hunter will respect, above all, the safety rules and he will therefore ensure, beforehand, that he can shoot without danger.
Shooting will also be done on a support such as a Pirsch cane for the approach, or the edge of the watchtower for the lookout.
The hunter will only shoot a perfectly identified and previously selected animal.
The shooting will be done without haste.
The hunter will aim for an area deemed deadly (neck or heart).
The shot will be made at a reasonable distance (a hundred meters).
The shooting will be prohibited in the following circumstances: doubt about the safety, animal in movement, presence of an obstacle, absence of support (prohibition of the shooting with free arm or the shooting with too long distance).
After the shot, two hypotheses emerge,
If the animal is affected and remains on the spot the hunter will have to make the following arrangements: laying of the marking bracelet, presentation of the honors, immediate evisceration.
If the animal flees, the hunter will adopt the following behavior:
Careful observation of the animal’s behavior and identification of its line of flight
Waiting several minutes (4 to 5 minutes), checking the anschuss (where the game was at the moment the ball touches it) and looking for clues (blood, hair and bones)
In the presence of clues, marking them visibly
Absence of overlap of the vanishing line
Calling an authorized blood dog driver (after correctly marking the clues)