Hunter Tipsy fellow hunters regularly revisit the conversation about useful hunting gadgets. Simple devices, such as a rifle rest, organizing an overnight stay in a makeshift hut or a house on the bank of a river, and even a hunting hut on a tree, a so-called observation outpost, in no way contradict the Hunting Rules and other regulations that have legal force in the Russian Federation.
If we talk about the practice of hunting, probably many will agree with me that season after season they go hunting not at random, but to certain places (of which there may be several), to the place where the previous hunt gave good results, to the place where the hunting economy leads effective work on the preparation and maintenance of hunting grounds.
Thus, each hunter is talking about several places (territories, regions) for hunting. And these places, taking into account their regular visits, should be reasonably equipped.
In this article, in a concise format, I will give practical examples of useful devices for hunting. They mainly relate to hunting in the dark.
Each of the simple devices can be made in just a few hours and even less, using a simple tool and an improvised deadwood found in the forest.
A simple tool is a very important factor in hunting, since it is inconvenient to carry a box with a variety of tools with you into the forest, a minimum set is enough, in which an ax or hatchet is desirable.
Here I recall the familiar to many “bearded” anecdote about the Chukchi, who took a telephone booth with him into the forest and was going to throw it in the forest when the bear attacks, and then it will be easier for the Chukchi to escape.
And now, with the help of only a hatchet and a dry, unusable forest (logs), one person is able to quickly build a supportive gun in the manner of what the musketeers carried with them (!) – for aimed shooting from a rather heavy blunderbuss.
On the other hand, to create even such a simple device, you need to have professional ideas about the weapon, its weight, the height of the shooter, the director (direction) of possible shooting, and the features of the cross-country area are also important.
From the above illustration, it can be clearly seen that it was created from two parallel rough logs 10-12 cm in diameter, one fastening crossbar, a platform for a rifle with a notch and an upper metal retaining rim from a section of perforated construction tape, which, however, is not even mandatory.
The peculiarity of this design is how the two inclined main logs are fixed – an additional and main fastening, which also provides the angle of inclination of the guides, is the trunk (remnant) of a sawn tree, the diameter of which can be 10–20 cm.
It is to a vertically standing and relatively high (height from half a meter and above) “stump” two inclined logs are fixed. They are fastened with two long “weave” nails driven in with the back of the ax.
So, the whole structure required only five of the same type of nails, the “extra” ends of which are bent, hammered in with the same ax.
The result is a simple, uncomplicated design, which I and our other colleagues use in ambushes – places where prey animals are most likely to appear.
When hunting a wolf, fox, hare and wild boar, I use a fairly simple weapon, a hunting carbine – the prototype of the SKS chambered for 7.62×39 and the Saiga M3 multi-charge chambered for the same cartridge.
Therefore, my device for holding the weapon and ensuring high-quality aiming is simple. But effective. This is what I share with my colleagues.
I must say that when shooting at waterfowl, I do not need a holding device at all, in this case I prefer shot and maneuverability.
Another design, which I had to create with my own hands, is less original, because almost all hunters who hunt an animal from an ambush, and especially a wild boar, know about it.
We are talking about a home-made tower, assembled from boards 10 … 15 mm thick, sections of which can be found even free of charge at the nearest sawmill. They will be happy to give them to you, so that they do not litter the territory.
As part of this tower, it is advisable to provide a ladder – it helps to comfortably climb up to people who are rather overweight, and, of course, the observation deck itself. It should be reinforced with a second layer of the same planks or thicker, so that “the floor under you does not fall through.”
The observation deck is quite large enough for one person. It takes more nails, but in this case (when you need a lot of fastening material) it is more convenient to use not nails, but self-tapping screws and … a cordless screwdriver, in extreme cases, a cordless screwdriver, which is inferior in power to a screwdriver, although it has more compact dimensions.
A stock of screws up to 40 does not fit a pocket, provided that such a self-made tower will only need to be made once, and used in this area for several years.
In addition, the boards themselves will have to be delivered by car to the installation site.