Raccoon hunters have become a dying breed; what once was a popular rural pastime has now faded into history. Most hunters now focus their attentions to bigger game like deer and bear, but raccoon hunting can be just as satisfying as these other hunts.
Raccoon hunting can be a great thrill and should be considered by the hunter looking to try something new. It’s a very kid-friendly sport, and is great if you’re looking to just introduce kids into the world of hunting. Because coon hunting has been all but abandoned, it’s a hunt that will actually do good for the raccoon population. Raccoons have become grossly overpopulated, with more and more digging into neighborhood garbage for food, the raccoon population needs to be controlled.
The hunting season for raccoon is in the winter when the pelts are the thickest. Well-insulated clothing is a must. Hunters who know they will be crossing creeks and swampy areas often include waders in their coon hunting supplies.
There are a few supplies necessary for a successful coon hunt. Since raccoons are nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day and move around at night, a hunter cannot rely as much on his eyesight.
Having a good coon dog can add a new dimension to the coon hunt and increase a hunter’s chances of success. Not only are the dog’s eyes more adept at seeing at night, his nose is much better at picking up the subtle scents around him. Plus, hearing your dog start to bark when he picks up a scent is an adrenaline rush unlike any other.
The next thing every hunter will need is something to help him see so he’s not stumbling around blind in the woods at night. A flashlight is a good start, but you may want to consider a hat mounted light. While flashlights might be easier to maneuver, they can also be a nuisance to carry, so a hat mounted light is generally much more practical.
There are also a number of accessories available that either have lights on them, are glow in the dark, or at the very least will reflect light to aid the hunter in the dark; a compass with some form of light will definitely prove a worthwhile investment.
Safety is another issue to be especially concerned with when coon hunting. Often times it is a hunt involving more than just a couple of people, and since it happens at night, the hunter needs to be extremely careful. Be sure that everyone stays relatively close together, and that everyone is wearing reflective vests. As long as safety is the top priority, a coon hunt will always be an exciting experience, whether there are any trophies to bring home or not.