Too Many Animals in Target Group Tips

Jaimie Robinson // November 6

One would think having too many animals in your target group and in front of you when hunting would be an advantage rather than a hindrance. For many hunters, the first time this happens, it often does not turn out well. I have observed this with myself and with a variety of hunters of varying experiences. This often happens the first time you hunt for hogs or maybe even when you go to Africa.

Often when we are hunting in a tree, spot and stalk, or ambush hunting, the animals will come by one by one, or you can choose your target and wait patiently following the rules of weapon safety. Thinking mainly, know your target and what is behind it. This can be especially troublesome with hogs because they move around so much.

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Many of us are looking for the biggest or prettiest animal in this situation so patience is key, but you must be not only patient but diligent and ready as the window for the shot is often small. This will also happen in situations where you are hunting animals like bison, impala, or buffalo. This can be slightly more difficult as they all look similar. If you are hunting with a guide and you must shoot the right animal, it can be difficult to pick out the best animal.

I have seen many people turn around after the shot, puzzled as to how in the world they missed such easy shots. I think that often when we have so much going on, it is easy to be distracted and overwhelmed.

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Too many animals in your target group? Here are some tips:

My first tip is to wait for your animal of choice to be on the periphery of the group.

The second tip is to figure out something recognizable if you are supposed to take a specific animal. Do your best to keep track of that one animal. Having a spotter or backup can help greatly.

The third, and most important tip, if there are too many animals in your target group, is to be patient. This means keeping your eyes on your target animal, breathing, and being ready for the window when you have a clear shot.

If you are hunting with a guide, the most important thing is communication before you go into the field. You don’t want to be deep in the brush if each has different expectations. If possible, look at pictures of your target animal, ask about field judging, and what is expected. This will save you a huge headache; I promise. You do not want to shoot the wrong animal.

I hope these tips will help you be successful if you have too many animals in your target group and the opportunity to hunt animals that are either specific trophies or have higher density in the field than you are used to. If you do happen to miss in this situation, remember that it happens to all of us at some point in our hunting journeys.

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About the Author

Jaimie Robinson

Jaimie lives north of Denver, Colorado. She is the mother of two wonderful children. All her life, she has had a passion for the outdoors. She concentrates this passion on archery, hunting, and fitness. She grew up in rural western Pennsylvania, where she developed an appreciation for nature and worked on her knack for shooting guns. Spent hours just watching deer move from her back porch and explored the forest. When she moved to Colorado in 2006, she went on her first hunting trip and harvested an antelope with a rifle. In late 2006, she tried archery for the first time and fell in love. She has been active in the archery community in Colorado ever since. Archery has become Jaimie’s passion and she strives to learn everything she can about it. She does her best to share her passion for archery with everyone she meets. She has expanded her horizons to waterfowl and upland hunting, fishing, and rifle hunting. She spends as much time in the outdoors as she can. Jaimie is passionate about making the sport better for women and helping others become better hunters.