For most regions, the optimal hunting time for wolves with snowmobiles is January and February. But with the appropriate state of the snow cover, they are hunted in December and March. For the departure days are selected after a strong snowstorm, when the snow will heal stones, furrows, pits and hummocks. During the bad weather, hungry predators will go hunting. But during the blizzard the beast is difficult to find. Preparing for a snowmobile hunt The success of a wolf from a snowmobile largely depends on how well the area of the forthcoming hunt has been studied by the participants. It is more convenient to hunt in the area where wolves have already been shot. It is more difficult when wolves are found in undiscovered places. In any case, hunters can not do without a map, especially since it is very easy to find it for any place in our time. Orientation is necessary not only to avoid getting lost, but more to develop a strategy for the upcoming event. When planning a route, the hunters determine the distance on the map that is to be overcome. The base value is 100 km. This is how much an average snowmobile passes during the day of hunting.
The optimal number of snowmobiles to participate in the pen is usually no more than three. Using more machines is not effective and sometimes even complicates the process. In terms of mobility and consistency, the best option is two snowmobiles. With a proven tactic of action, such an escort can easily be dealt with by 5-7 wolves. It is not recommended to hunt in this way alone. There is always a risk of getting stuck, getting lost, falling into a ravine. It will be difficult to manage the situation without assistance. Usually, without a partner, a randomly encountered wolf is chased (“into the little one”), but this is already an extreme occupation. Dangerous also night hunting on snowmobiles (“from under the headlights”). Although to meet the wolf at this time is more likely.
Tracking the wolf’s track
The wolf’s track on the snowmobile The most effective method of pursuing the wolf is the tracking of the track. Search for a predator should start from the uncomfortable for its prosecution of places (reed krepi, deep ravines, etc.). Next, you need to move to wide and level sections, “squeezing” the wolf away from the natural shelters. When a trace is found, one of the hunters stands on it and the tropic at maximum speed. The partner moves as far as possible, allowing only to not lose a companion from sight. He periodically travels to the hills for a thorough examination of the surroundings with binoculars. Wolves react to the sound of the snowmobile engine already at the instinctive level and break off from the hitch long before it approaches. Therefore, the second hunter has a chance to see outgoing predators at a distance of 1-3 km and coordinate the actions of the team. To correct the actions and maneuvers when hunting for wolves, short-wave radio stations with a range of action of 30-50 km are used.
Then comes the most exciting part of the action
The pursuit of a visually perceptible animal. When the snowmobile approaches the pack, the predators rush into the rasypnoy. Slightly behind the males and the leader, trying to divert attention from the female and holding the direction toward the ravine, thickets or canes. Catching the escaping wolf, you need to keep it to the right of the snowmobile. When it remains about five meters, be level with it in speed, leave the steering wheel and shoot. When firing from the side, the lead in the half-shell is maintained. For shooting more often used canister with a diameter of 7.55 mm. Bear in mind that as the snowmobile approaches, the wolf can begin to describe the circle around the snowmobile and, following the tracks from the caterpillars, head backwards.
Tracking a wolf’s track on a snowmobile If you linger before the shot, turning the car will take a long time. With a successful shot, without stopping, pursue the next wolf. With more snowmobiles participating in the hunt, they are moving a fan, combing the terrain. The leading one in this case is the leftmost machine. Neighboring participants support visual contact. When taking a group of predators “in mites”, the individuals closest to snowmobiles are shot.