Master hunters constantly search for new and exciting ways to challenge their skills. Hunting with throwing knives can challenge your hunting acumen by introducing the elements of stealth and patience into your repertoire. Additionally, you will need to spend time developing and practicing your skill and strengthening your body, as hunting with throwing knives requires both coordination and strength. Mastering the art of hunting with throwing knives can be accomplished through focused dedication and practice.
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Things you need
- Throwing knives
- Throwing glove
- Animal calls
- Animal scents
Select the type of game you wish to hunt. The type of game will determine the size and weight of your knife. For all game, you should stick with a dagger or double-edged knife with no quillon or finger guards. For larger game such as deer, use a 284 to 340gr knife. For smaller game such as rabbits and game fowl, use a seven to nine ounce knife.
Research the hunting laws regarding seasons and allowable weapons or tools. Some states have restricted seasons for some type of game, while other states do not allow the use of alternative weaponry, such as throwing knives.
Establish yourself in the natural habitat of your desired game. Acclimation could take up to a day so that you do not tip off your prey with the unfamiliarity of your scent or sight. Do not use any scented soaps or deodorant, and let your hunting clothes sit in the outdoors for at least a day before entering the habitat.
Utilise different calls or scents to attract your prey to your location. Occasional, but regular calls every five to ten minutes are ideal. This will best mimic territorial distress calls of most animals.
Aim and throw your knife at the vulnerable soft spots of your prey, such as the neck or the ribcage behind the shoulder blades. This will increase the likelihood of a kill strike, in addition to providing a larger target.
Track the game by following blood trails, disturbed foliage and earth, and the cries of your wounded prey. Tracking prey with a knife wound can take several hours and may end in failure.
Retrieve any knives which missed the target or fell from the animal during the pursuit. If your prey is still alive, use a knife to dispatch of it mercifully by cutting its throat.
Tips and warnings
- Practice throwing your knives at stationary, inanimate objects.
- Wear a throwing glove. If you cannot locate a specially made glove, a batter's or golfing glove works fine.
- Do not throw your knife unless you are confident you will hit your target.
- Do not throw knives at people or animals you do not intend to injure or kill.
- Do not stab wounded prey in the belly or side in order to dispatch it.
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