A hunting strategy
, or hunting method
, is for locating, targeting, and killing a targeted animal. Hunting
methods have also been applied to situations such as the pursuit of child abusers
by government agencies
and the targeting of a small military unit by a larger one, especially during low intensity conflict
- Baiting is the use of decoys, lures, scent or food to attract targeted animals.
- Blind or Stand hunting is waiting for animals in a concealed or elevated position.
- Calling is the use of noises to attract or drive animals.
- Camouflage is concealing oneself visually, or with scent, to blend in with the environment; used first by the British in the 18th century in India, from which the word khaki first entered the modern vernacular.
- Dogs may be used to help flush, herd, drive, track, point at, pursue, or retrieve animals.
- Driving is the herding of animals in a particular direction, as over a cliff or to other hunters.
- Flushing is the practice of scaring targets from concealed areas.
- Glassing is the use of optical instruments (such as binoculars) to locate animals more easily.
- Spotlighting is the use of artificial light to find or blind targets before capture. Modern lighting also includes IR and other devices.
- Scouting consists of a variety of tasks and techniques for finding animals to hunt.
- Stalking is the practice of walking stealthily, often in pursuit of an identified animal.
- Tracking is the practice of interpreting physical evidence to pursue animals.
- Trapping is the use of devices (e.g., snares, pits, deadfalls) to capture or kill an animal.