| Small game hunting is on the rise in the United States and when you look at all the small game species there are to hunt, which includes; upland birds and waterfowl it leaves little doubt as to the value of money spent for small game hunting.|
Small game hunting is usually where most up and coming hunters start. The amount of equipment needed is minimal. Many thoughtful squirrel hunters today prefer to use a short range shotgun because there are just so many areas that houses have come within range of a rimfire rifle projectile.
Squirrel hunters who love the challenge of firing a single projectile at a squirrel, air-rifles are now king of the hill for the squirrel woods, firing a small lightweight pellet that will not carry but few hundred yards till all of its energy is spent and that will fall harmlessly to the ground, injuring nobody and yet has enough energy at 30 paces to effectively take out a squirrel with a single shot.
Gray squirrels and Fox squirrels are the two sub species that are the most abundant therefore are the most hunted. The best hunting time for squirrels is the first three daylight hours of the morning, afternoon activity is minimal.
Rabbit hunting with beagles is quite common and a lot of fun. But rabbit hunting can be enjoyed with a single-shot .22 rimfire as well, just looking along a fencerow or maybe in the family vegetable garden, they can be spotted. As for ideal habitat, most productive are briar patches, brush piles, and hollowed out logs, find these near a red top clover patch and you just found a rabbit hot-spot.
The cottontail rabbit prefers an area where it can hide quickly but be out in the open. Forests, swamps, thickets, bushes or an open area where it can dig a burrow is optimal habitation sites for this species. Its diet includes of grasses, fruits, and vegetables in the spring and summer, and twigs, bark, dogwoods and maple trees in the winter.
Upland bird hunting is another form of American small game hunting in which the hunter pursues upland game birds that include quail, pheasant, grouse, chukar, partridge, and others. Upland game hunters generally employ the use of gun dogs to find and retrieve game, reason being that upland birds tend to be found on the ground in heavy cover. Dogs can easily find the birds by scent. The gun of choice for bird hunters is the shotgun.
Waterfowl hunters in 1934, saw the U.S. government pass the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, better known as the Federal Duck Stamp Act. This program required waterfowl hunters to purchase a special stamp, in addition to a regular hunting license, to hunt migratory waterfowl such as ducks and geese. Later laws would prohibit lead shot from being used in shotshells for the purpose of waterfowl hunting as well.
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