Making The Most Of Loosening Night Hunt Rules

Night hunting has always been a niche pursuit in the hunting community, but the loosening of night hunting equipment regulations, as reported by the Springfield News-Leader, is opening the door to a new generation of night hunters. 

Whereas the wrong equipment can quickly make a twilight expedition dangerous, looser rules on what you can and cannot use is making it far safer – and perhaps easier – to have a fruitful hunt.

There remains a heightened risk of injury, of course, and so it’s a good idea for hunters to become acquainted with the latest developments that enable a quality night time hunt.


Improving equipment

Many night time hunters will rely on thermal scopes for their night time hunts, especially as states relax rules on the quality of equipment they need.

According to the Military Times, this is a great option, as many manufacturers are expanding their range of thermal weapon sights, which will see great use in the night hunt scene. Alternatively, hunters can use thermal monoculars, which act as a sight independent of the weapon. 

This can be great in two ways: it allows the use of traditional sights, a hallmark of any skilled hunter, and it can also be fun in a two-man hunt setup, where you can take roles in the traditional spotter and shooter way of hunting.

Expanding your prey

As weapon regulations have eased, so have the rules on what prey you can take. While most states previously only allowed shooting of wild animals on private property, Outdoor Empire now report a widening of the animals and states that allow hunting.

There are now 17 states that allow night hunting of animals ranging from wild hog through to raccoons. Research your own state or destination in depth – before you head out. It’s worth noting that most states expressly forbid the hunting of deer on their estates while engaging in night hunting.

A control measure?

States are increasingly encouraging hunting of coyotes and wild hogs due to their sheer numbers across the USA. This expands as far as New Concord, where New Hampshire authorities have asked hunters to help reduce numbers of coyotes given their status as a potential pest.

Night hunters may find that looking for sympathetic states will give them a lot more room for good hunts and good hunting grounds. Currently, these include Florida, Texas and Alabama, amongst many others.

Your hunting can be fun this way, as well as providing a real service – states don’t enact pro-hunting ordnance without clear benefits to be had. You’re also more likely to find the most pro-hunt regulation possible, as it regards equipment and other gear.

Night hunting enjoys status in many states of the USA, though it can be controversial. As all hunters know, anything is safe as long as you take the right precautions. Put the right gear in your hands, and look for the right spot to hunt in; with states relaxing their rules, you’re sure to find a niche.

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