My hunting days

Flashback

I live in a small country in South Asia. I don’t want to tell my country’s name here. Because hunting is prohibited here like Bangladesh and India.

My cousin lived with us. When I was a child, my cousin went to hunting birds. I also went with him as an assistant. He was a sharpshooter and a great hunter. But we’re not rich enough to buy an airgun at that time. He used to borrow his friend’s air gun for hunting. As he was very sharpshooter, everybody gives their gun to him. He used to hunt with double barrel shotgun, .22 rimfire rifle, and airgun. But he mostly hunted with an airgun- Diana mod 35. It was the best airgun at that time. I’m telling the story of 1980. After he got married and busy with his career, he left hunting.

My airgun buying history

I love air rifle from that time. But I couldn’t buy any. After many years, when I’m ready to buy something, I decided to buy an airgun. But when I wanted to know about a price of airgun, I was shocked. It is very expensive. A new Diana airgun price is above one lac. So I decided to buy a second-hand airgun from one and only gunshop of our town. That time, I don’t have any experience in an airgun. That shopper took the chance. He sold the worst airgun to me that couldn’t do anything.

Loss project

After coming back to my village with that airgun, I started to practice aim with my nephew. But why it’s pellet not hit the target correctly? It was so low powered. Sometimes, the pellet couldn’t leave the barrel. I was very worried. There is another man in our area. I went to him and said about the problem. He was also a hunter, but he was dishonest also. He said if you change your spring and washer, it’ll be great again. I told him to do so. The speed changed after that, but no pellet is hitting the target. After few days, I sold the gun by losing 5k bucks. 

Then I buy a second hand Hatsan 95. It was powerful, but it sometimes didn’t load or fire pellet suddenly without pulling the trigger. I couldn’t hunt any bird with it. It was very risky for this reason. So, I had to sell it again by losing 13k. I buy than a new Indian gun. It was SDB classic. It was not too expensive. In short range, it hits the target quiet good. I hunt many doves with it. But It is a low powered gun. You have to shot to the target between 15-20 feet. Its trigger was also very hard to pull.

I wanted to quit hunting several times. But it is an addiction you can’t leave. One day I went hunting with my son and daughter. After coming from hunting, we three fell ill. My superstition grew, I thought my hunting is the reason for our illness. So, I sold that Indian airgun again.

I know you are already bored with my story. My other cousin also gave me his Diana 35 as a gift. It was good but .177 caliber. So, it was difficult to hunt. I have to buy again another Indian SDB classic, Hatsan 95 but not satisfied with them.

India, Turkey, and back to Germany

After that, I bought Diana 66 airgun. It was a very good gun. It was perfect for bird hunting. Diana 66 not available right now, but RWS Diana 34 is very close to 66 in performance and look. I also install a BSA scope on it for the first time. I didn’t mention that in our area, most of the hunters don’t use a rifle scope. They rely upon on iron sight. But after using a rifle scope, I understood it’s a necessity. Every target is clear and near :-). After that, I cannot hunt without rifle scope. For a perfect pair, you need a good scope mount too. I use RWS mount which is too good.

Diana 66 has 800 fps power, slim design and lightweight. It looks like Diana 34 classic. But if you search Diana 66 photo in the google, you can’t match with my one. It is still a puzzle. I have sold it to join a course. After that, I change my pc with old but customized Diana 35 airgun. I cannot stay without an airgun.

 

But it is said that if you are a hunter, the economical problem won’t leave you. So, I had to sell it again. But the good thing is a powerhouse of a springer coming soon.

(to be continued…)

How to choose a rangefinder?

What is a Rangefinder?

Rangefinders are relatively new for sports and hunting/shooting. These are small devices that help the shooters to successfully measure the distance from him and the target. You can find some good rangefinders here.

All they need to do is look at the target via the rangefinder and it’ll do the rest. That’s why these rangefinders are very popular with pro shooters and hunters.

Surely, gun sights and rifle scopes like Burris AR Scope, Sightmark SM14003, etc. are good at their job. But a rangefinder can enhance the precision rate and performance greatly.

How Range finders came to be?

As mentioned earlier, rangefinders are very new in the game. Before rangefinders were introduced, there were simply the traditional methods to rely on.

As a matter of fact, I knew a few of them myself. The German method, hat brim method, etc. But as you would think, these traditional methods weren’t nearly as accurate as today’s rangefinders. That’s why guns and gun sights manufacturing companies have developed rangefinders for easily accessing the distance between the shooter and the target. However, the use of rangefinders was at first exclusive to military forces. Soon everyone came to know about this marvelous piece of gadget and sports industry as well as the hunting industry adopted it very quickly.

For the last 5-6 years, rangefinders developed the most and spread all over the world to the pro level and amateur shooters and hunters.

Factors to consider while choosing a Rangefinder

choose a rangefinder

Even though rangefinders are new in the industry, there are a good number of companies and models which makes it almost impossible to make a decision with which you can make your peace. So, here are some considerations that might help you pick one without scratching off your eyeballs with that many choices.

1.      What is your maximum shooting range?

The first thing you need to ask yourself to make a good decision is your maximum shooting range.

This is a very important consideration as the answer will greatly affect your pick. So, keep your hunting preferences and behaviors in mind as you make the decisions.

2.      How much important magnification is for you?

Magnification is an important factor for rangefinders. But it entirely depends on you and your hunting habits to answer the question.

Depending on whether you want magnification and how much of it, the choice to pick a good rangefinder for your need becomes easier.

3.      How much important ballistic calculator is for you?

A ballistic calculator is another important consideration that will narrow down the list for possible “perfect” rangefinder for you.

Some manufacturers take it very seriously and some focus on the consumers who don’t have any special requirement of a ballistic calculator.

4.      What size and weight are you comfortable with?

Rangefinders are already small and compact in size. Most of them are almost like a wallet that will fit right into your pocket.

However, there are some models that are sleeker and more compact in design. They weigh much less than the larger or regular sized ones.

5.      Are you a feature hungry user?

I am not a feature hungry user myself. For me, only the basics will work. But there are some users who look for new and advanced features in everything. For them, companies have manufactured rangefinders that have way more feature than what defines a rangefinder.

But these additional features are most likely to cost you a big amount. So think wisely before you decide anything.

6.      How important is the objective lens for you?

An objective lens is another factor that could narrow down your choice list.

The quality of the lens and overall size should have an impact on your decision.

7.      How important eye relief is for you?

Eye relief is important. For many, it may not. But for me, it is and I always suggest getting a gun sight with infinite eye relief. For rangefinder, I will suggest the same.

8.      What is the field of view?

Your field of view should also be brought into consideration in choosing a rangefinder for your need.

9.      Are you a power-hungry consumer?

I may not be a feature hungry user but I am definitely a power-hungry person. I don’t even like to charge the smartphone that I use every day. That’s why just the thought of power thirst for my rangefinder creeps me out. I know there are many out there who are like me. If you are one of them, you should pay good attention to the battery capacity and battery type before you buy a rangefinder.

10.  Is warranty into your consideration?

It’s best to have a warranty for gadgets because you would want to get the maximum utility from what you have paid for. That’s why the warranty is an important consideration like anything else on the list.

11.  What is your budget?

No matter for how long we talk about features, capabilities, performance or what not, at the end of the day, a big chunk of your decision will have to comply with your budget.

Most of the rangefinders are in the mid-range price range so budget shouldn’t be an issue because you can get a decent one with 100 to 250 bucks. Even though there are some for less than $100, I would suggest not going that low. You should aim at $150 – $250 for a good one.

How to use a rangefinder

Rangefinders are very complex in construction. However, using them is very simple and efficient.

First of all, you need to put the rangefinder in front of your eyes. Then press the button and within seconds, the range will be shown on the screen. That’s how easy it is to use a rangefinder.

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to choose a rangefinder and how to use them, your target should acquisition should be easier. But always remember to go through the reviews before buying your rangefinder. Amazon verified reviews are very helpful in this case. So read the review, do your research, then pick a good rangefinder for yourself.

-written by Reyad Mostofa.

An Unsung Hero-Pachabdi Gazi

Once upon a time

Once upon a time, some hunters came from Germany to the Sundarbans. A poor Bangladeshi hunter was working as their guide. They were going to the forest by a fishing trawler. Suddenly a human eating tiger attacked the trawler with a jump. Everyone was shocked at the sudden attack. People could be hurt if a shot was taken. In such a situation, the guns roar of that poor Bangladeshi hunter- Yes, It’s Pachabdi Gazi. The tiger died instantly after shooting at the head.

There are many hunters who are still covered under the screen. Numerous who are equal to Jim Corbett or John Hunter. They are well-known for a lot of factors. However, the key reason is actually which their own well-known capability to explain their own experience. On the other hand, Pachabdi Gazi was not a good writer to explain his hunting experiences.

People and Tigers of Sundarban

40-50 years ago Tigers were usually hunted with muskets. When a human eating tiger was found in the Sundarbans, then called listed hunters from the subdivision.  They were paid 100-500 rupees for every hunting. Other tigers hunting is prohibited without man-eater tiger.

Man-eater tigers are extremely smart compared to regular tigers. They often create a trap for hunters and killed them. If the hunter is not experienced, death claws can come anytime.

The habit of a man-eater

Tigers generally do not eat a human being, Their favorite food is deer but when the Tigers are injured due to some reason or because of the age, the speed of running is getting decrease, then people attacked by them. And once the human meat is eaten, they like human more than other prey. Because it is tender and easy to eat because it has a salty taste and soft.

Pachabdi Gazi was an expert of Sundarbans tigers. We all know that there are the Royal Bengal Tigers in the Sundarban and there are no lions in the forest. Some characteristics of the tiger are known from  Pachabdi Gazi. Like, the torrential river, the tiger can be straight across. If the tigers eat rotten meat, their sleep is quite deep as well as lengthy. 

Early life

Pachabdi Gazi was a poor villager. His father was Meher Gazi and grandfather was Ismail Gazi- both of them are hunters. Abdul Hamid Gazi is the full name of Pachadi Gazi. He was born in 1924 in Gabura union of Shyamnagar Upazila of Satkhira district. For hunting, he used the double barrel muzzleloading gun of his father. In 1941, at the age of 17, he started his hunter life by hunting a tiger is known as “Terror of the Golakhali” from Paikgachha Thana of Khulna district.

Pachabdi Ghazi

Pachabdi Gazi’s father and grandfather both were killed by the tiger attack. They were killed by the attack of man-eater of Gholkhali and man-eater of Shupoti tigers. Later, they were hunted with by Pachabdi Gazi. It is said that after killing of 57 tigers, in a dream, his father forbidden him to kill them. Since then he has never hunted.

He used to take a gun of old age to fight against violent creatures with infinite courage, patience as well as intelligence. Initially, he worked as an assistant of Forest Department Ranger. In 1955, he became involved in forestry as his fame spread to animal hunting. 

Terror of “Aatharobeki”

In 1966 “Aatharobeki”‘s tiger was declared a man-eater. Pachabdi Gazi got the responsibility to kill the tiger but the tiger was not easy prey. 
That time there were six Bawalis entered the Sundarbans for cutting wood, suddenly that tiger was picked up a Bawali. Bawalis followed the tiger. Trying to rescue their partner. At one stage the tiger fled by leaving the bloody companion. But in a few minutes all ends. The rest of the five Bawalis, along with the body of the companion, had to return. That man-eater tiger had been looking for his hunt. A few Bawali were sleeping in the boat of around in the area of Phulkhali. In the deep night, the tiger came to swim and took a Bawali from inside the boat. The body of Bawalis was rescued in the morning. The tiger had eaten some parts of the body of him. Pachabdi Gazi was worried about those kills. He came to the scene. Try to guess the size and shape by observing the footprints. Make sure the tiger returns to the rest of the human flesh. Gazi is sitting on a canal with his gun. There was no big tree there. He then mimicking like a tiger. Tigers fall trapped. He came back to finish his meal on that spot. Gazi kept the eyes on the sight of his gun. When the tiger came in the range, the trigger was pressed. “Aatharobeki”s terror fell to the ground. Another shot fired to ensure the death of terror. Pachadi Soon after this, the East Pakistan Government conferred Pachadi Gazi in ‘Sanad-e-Khidmat’.

Skills

Seeing the footprint of tigers, Gazi could realize the shape and class of tigers. He was also skilled in determining the movement of tigers. He fought with the tiger even in unarmed conditions. He used to allure the tigers by copying the words of the tigress, the sound of cutting trees, or the collection of leaves. He used to hunt in the jungle or get a call. Autumn and the Full moon-New moon of the spring are the tiger’s breeding period. At that time, Pachabdi Gazi killed lustful tigers by mimicking like a tigress.

Also, there are two other methods of “Gachhal” and “Mathal.” Hunting on the tree is called “Gachhal” and another one is called “Mathal” which is hunting on the going. He gets a double barrel gun as a prize by hunting Mathal manner. The tiger, he hunted in the bait method in the Goalini forest range was the longest tiger – about 12 feet tall.

The tiger was known as “Talepatti Terrorism”. It was 57th and last hunting of Pachabdi Gazi’s life. His father Meher Gazi also earned the honor of killing 50 tigers. In that period he also worked as a guide to visiting  Sundarban’s Ayub Khan of Pakistan and the German Chancellor. Pachabdi Gazi killed 23 man-eaters among 57 tigers. Some notable tigers were:

• Human eating tigers of Shopoti

• Human eating tigers of Guali

• Human eating tigers of Dublar char

• Human eating tigers of Lakkhi Khal

• Human eating tigers of Atharobaki

• Human eating tigers of Talpatti

• Human eating tigers of Lotabaki- Ilshamari

Conclusion

In 1986, at the age of 70, he hunted the last tiger. he also killed more than 20 violent crocodiles. Though he was a great hunter, the poverty did not leave his life.  Still, his family’s economy has not improved. This great hunter died in 1997. Respect and love to him from our hunting community.

Translator: Yasin Hamza

  • References:
  • wikepedia
  • somoykothon.com
  • http://www.kalerkantho.com
  • http://wildthingsbd.blogspot.com

10 things to put in your hunting pack (Infographics)

Intro

A perfect hunting pack is a very necessary thing for your survival in a successful hunt. When things don’t happen as you planned then you need to rely heavily on your hunting pack for your survival. You need to carry a lightweight bag pack if you want to plan for hiking hour after hour. Spending more time on practicing and exercising for your hunt with your hunting pack will bring you more confidence and getting used to the weight.

Every hunter have their different opinions and choices about their survival hunting pack but there are some most essential items for every hunting pack whether you are opting for whole day or weekend, you will certainly find these items necessary for your hunting. In this article, we are discussing the most essential and survival 10 things to put in your hunting pack while you are in hunting. But the perfect approach to work out what a professional hunter requires is to get out in the hunting field and the experience will assist you to the tribulations of being a hunter. If you are new in the novice hunter or thinking about a hunting journey these 10 things must need to put in your hunting pack.

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First Aid Kit

We think the most important tools to have in your hunting pack is a first aid kit. If you get burn on your body or cut your hand with a sharp knife a first aid kit comes handy. Antibiotic cream, Anti-itch cream, bandages, cotton, antihistamine, tweezers or safety pins are better to have in your first aid kit, though these things may not be used at all, it’s always important to keep yourself prepare for these little accidents while you are in the hunt.

Rain gear

A lightweight but durable set of rain gear is very handy things to put in your hunting pack. All you need to roll the rain gear up and put it in your hunting pack. If you are ever caught in a rainstorm or unpredictable weather. This set of rain gear going to protect you and your equipment easily. Although you don’t see any cloud, the mountains can go towards quite random weather, suddenly you perhaps see the clouds can roll in speedy and once they act, you will stay dry.

Food/Snacks

When a hunter is hunting for all day long, he is likely to get hungry. So you need to carry some dehydrated meal and water in your hunter pack. You can take mixed nuts, protein bars to minimize the weight. Water is the most important element in your hunting time to keep yourself out from hydration. You can keep the most of the weight in your hunter pack for water.

Flashlight

When the sun is heading down the most important equipment in a hunting time is Flashlight which most of the time we forget to bring in the hunting pack. You may take several light sources like a headlamp, flashlight but make sure that the lights are lightweight and easy to handle. A 300+ lumens flashlight is going to be very helpful to you to see to path around you in dark. So never forget to put such lighting sources in your hunting pack while you are hunting at dark.

Multipurpose Knife

A high-quality, sharp and strong blade field dressing knife is very essential things in your hunting pack. Again you need to carry a very lightweight and durable quality knife for skinning and meat processing. knives are required basically when hunters have done well in the hunt. My personal choice is Defender 12″ Military Combat Fixed Blade Tactical Bowie Survival Hunting Knife with Holt Multi Tool Key Chain for its 7-inch stainless steel black blade with awesome double saw edge spine and simple open fastening system belt buckle.

Hand Gloves:

You need to wear gloves while you are field dressing your hunted animals because you don’t know about the bacteria and parasites issue your hunted animals might have. So a good one or two pairs of gloves are very essential things to put in your hunting pack.

Fire Box and Lighter

A lighter or a firebox matches is always a smart tool to carry on your hunting pack. It’s essential for singe some Para-cord end to harden the tie and handy to build a fire preparation while posting camp for tracking an animal. Keep the firebox in a dry place.

GPS map and compass

It’s essential for you to carry a GPS map and compass because no one knows what they may require it for. So you need to understand the safety fact in the back of your brain. GPS map and compass will help you to know where you are right now and how long to get back to your hunting camp. So keep remembering to carry a GPS map and compass in your hunting pack.

GAME BAGS

Certainly, your goal is to bring some hunting meats from the ranch to your home after having a successful hunt tour. In this case, a lightweight game bag is needed to put in your hunting pack comes handy to bring the highest amount of meat possible. My favorite game bag for hunting pack is Allen Backcountry Quarter Bags which is designed with only the roughest users in mind and also lightweight, a premium quality game bag that is washable and reusable also.

PARACORD or Rope

Para-cord is the last but not the least things you need to put in your hunting pack and it’s always great to have while hunting. Basically, it has much lightweight You can use PARACORD PLANET 550 Assorted Colors of Paracord in 50 and 100 Foot Lengths made by the USA which can be used in multi-use like camping, hiking, survival and more. These paracords are UV and fade resistant will not rot or mildew, building it enormously for survival requirements and a lot of outdoor purposes!

That is not the end you can put more things in your hunting pack. If I miss any point please remind me by commenting below in this article.
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Take a look here for survival tips during hunting.

Hunting Survival Tips That Can Save Your Life

Hunting is a sport unlike any other. The thrill of the hurt and the joy being out in nature is a truly amazing experience. Unfortunately, the same beautiful landscape that draws many people it can also be deadly! Getting lost while hunting in the wilderness is a real threat and it could happen to anyone. Today we are going to learn what you should do if you find yourself lost in the woods.

Tell Someone Your Going Hunting

What if there was something that you could do before you even set off into the wood that would help rescuers find you? Well, there is! By simply telling a friend or family member the location you are going to be in and when to expect you back home, you will gain an important lifeline.

Getting Out of The Elements

The first thing that you should do is find a way to get out of the elements. Heat, cold, and rain are all natural elements that could potentially cause you harm and they can even kill you! Just a few hours under the hot sun or a few hours out in the cold could cause your body to go into shock. So when you realize you are going to be spending the night in the forest or jungle make sure that you locate a shelter.

One of the easiest ways to find shelter is to look for a natural shelter. Depending on the region you are hunting in there may be caves around. Caves are the perfect natural shelter and they don’t require you to use even one ounce of energy. But keep in mind animals find caves a great place to call home. So always be aware of your surroundings when entering a cave system. Also do not venture deep into a cave system because you could become trapped or lost making your situation even worse.

Building a lean-to with fallen trees, branches, and leaves will make a great wilderness shelter. In just a few hours one person can construct a watertight lean-to that will help keep them out of the elements. Remember when gathering materials to build a lean-to keep an eye out for poisonous plants and animals.

Locating Water

Water should be your second greatest concern. It is an important part of any survival situation. Once you have found proper shelter you need to begin searching for a water source. Even if you have a few litters of water with you, having an alternative water source close by just might save your life. Look for streams, rivers, and ponds but avoid taking water from stagnant sources.

If no safe body of water is nearby you can collect rainwater and morning dew off of leaves and blades of grass. Also if you are in an aired region and there are cacti around, you can carefully cut them open and drink the liquid that is inside. If you are in a tropical region you can obtain water from coconuts.

Once you have collected water you will have to purify it before you can safely drink it. While coconut and cacti water is safe to drink without purification, other sources will need to be filtered. If you have been lucky enough to bring a portable water filter with you, use it wisely. Also, you can purify water by bringing it to a boil for at least 15 minutes. This will kill any harmful bacteria that may occur in the wild.

Building Fire

The next thing you will need to do is build a fire. Fire can not only keep you warm at night but it can also be used to cook food, purify water, and signal for help. To build a fire in the wilderness you will need some serious fire building skills. But if you are like most of us building a fire with two sticks is not something manageable. Instead always make sure that you bring along a box of waterproof matches or a waterproof lighter. While these items won’t last forever they are your best bet when building a fire in adverse conditions.

Once you have your matches ready you will need to find a firewood source. Look for dead standing trees. These make wonderful firewood and they are going to be drier than the wood you find on the ground. Be careful when knocking these trees down because they could fall on you and cause serious injury.

Now that you have gotten some firewood, you will need some kindling to get the fire going. Look for small dried twigs or dried tree bark. These make the best kindling and will burn quickly. Use the kindling to get a fire going and then slowly add larger logs onto the blaze.

Finding Food

While finding food in the woods can be difficult there is normally always something to eat out there. You can trap medium sized game with snares or deadfall traps. These traps require a certain skill level and it is wise to practice trapping before you get lost. Knowing how to trap is a very important survival skill to have.

Fishing is a viable way to find food in the wild and can be done with just a hook, bait, and some fishing line. Also, you can harvest wild plants but be very careful what you choose to eat. There are many deadly plants out there that can kill you quickly. Knowing what plants are safe to eat is another survival skill that needs practice to perfect.

If all else fails you can search for grubs. These tiny worm-like creatures can be found in the ground, in rotting trees, and under leaf cover. They are big and plumb with a bright white color. You can cook them to make them taste better and it will help remove any bacteria they may be carrying.

Getting Home

Unfortunately, help does not always come and you may need to get home on your own. This is a difficult thought but it could happen to you. Getting home means that you will need to walk out on foot. But this can be very difficult if you have not come at least a little prepared.

When you pack your gear make sure that you also include a good working compass and a map of the region you are going to be in. Take some time to look over the map and learn the terrain. This will help you get out on foot when you know that no help is coming for you.

These simple tips can help you survive in the wild after become lost on a hunting trip. Make sure that you go over these tips and learn as much as you can about them before you set off. Your survival may depend on them.