You may say, “Does he have any”? You bet he does!!!!!
Here is a thought to ponder over, one you may know,
and may not! If you don’t well, think about your say
last 40 hunts maybe this fact stuck out BUT you failed
to connect the dots so to speak!
SIGHT, a jackal’s weak side for sure, I
have proven it many times and also it has been noted
in books written from a long time back, it is not
really a new discovery.
A jackal and a cat are totally opposite
regarding these two things, a jackal can smell really
well, but his eyesight isn’t hot at all, but the cat,
well his sight is amazingly good but his ability to
wind you when you are calling is zero, not good at
These factors I have proven over and
over again, I went calling once when I first learnt
about a cat and his inability to wind you, we called
and the wind was going behind us, in came a lynx and
the wind quite noticeable went straight into his face!
He came on in and at about 30m we sent him on his way
upwards. I called another lynx, came in straight into
the wind and we shot him at 28m, I have that on DVD!
And can prove it if anybody thinks it a crazy story. I
hunted with Sean one night, along a sand road came
another cat, into the wind and Sean shot him with my
222 in the head at 60m. We called two others at dusk,
also into the wind, all called with my hand call, all
made a mistake, But maybe not a mistake to them, maybe
they know they cant smell a human or something
Cats can detect a movement quickly but
their peripheral vision isn’t good, so if you have to
move wait till he is at your side, then he wont see
TAKE NOTE OF THIS POINT!!!
This is another mistake callers make, they sit high in
a swivel chair awaiting nightfall, and turn in circles
looking around, a predator can see that movement for
miles away from you, and you will never see him, PLUS
remember he is looking UPWARDS at you, so he can see
you easily because of the angle, even if its not at an
angle and he is far away, he will still see you
turning and making a movement from far away, NEVER do
this, wait till nightfall then climb into your chair!
if a jackal smells you and runs like hell, REMEMBER it
is 99% of the time that he did not smell you directly,
but smelt maybe the bakkies diesel, or your equipment
or something, it does not mean he smelt you as a human
– he could have smelt something else that he did not
like at all.
Buck have fantastic peripheral vision,
just look at his head from the side, see how far his
eyes stick out of his head, very far, but cats have
bad peripheral vision. What is the animal with the
BEST sight vision day and night from basically any
direction? GUESS, see if you know, this animal can see
you from just about any direction you approach from,
side back front or whatever, they have fantastic sight
and peripheral vision. See the end of the article for
Getting back to SIGHT - well I remember
one night also with Sean, we called and went out on a
full moon, it was overcast but the moon was full, we
set up with a mountain to our back, and in front of us
an open expanse of Karoo, and we could see very far. I
played a social sound, it was February, and after
about 5 minutes a pair of jackal barked back, and ran
in, at 26/27 metres paced out they stopped dead, they
looked straight at us, we had a camo bakkie with camo
net over it, BUT it was full moon, we had 4 people at
the back of it also, the bakkie threw a long shadow on
the ground and when we stood up you could see our
shadows clearly, it was like day, BUT they stood and
looked at us, NO they were not young but had good
colouration and I estimated them at about 5 years old.
BUT as to a jackal’s bad eyesight in
the day, I don’t know who knows?
I have a wonderful book in my library,
called KAROO written in about 1929 by a person called
LAWRENCE G GREEN, here is a sentence on page 165 of
his book, the chapter is called MORE OUTLAWS – the
others being lion, baboon etc.
He writes “it has large ears, a slender
muzzle and a most acute sense of smell,
if it had to rely on its eyesight to
outwit others the entire species would have been dead
So, as far back as 1929 this is noted,
I personally have proven this many times, last week my
partner was calling, used night vision, and the jackal
came past the bakkie at 30m and went towards the
Foxpro about 40m in front of him, he never even knew
that he had passed my partner.
Maybe the jackal is an elephant in
disguise? As both of them have poor eyesight (little
humour) so what can we say to prove this wrong? How
about you, have you also noted that a jackal is bad at
night with vision?
Here is another scenario.
I hunted 3 months back in Danielskuil
near Kuruman, it was dusk, we could still just see, I
placed the Foxpro in the road and while I was sitting
on the bakkie waiting for darkness to start calling, I
saw two jackal trotting past us at about 25m at the
very most, they were a pair, and never saw us, we had
camo net over the truck, But still they were that
close but never saw us, we shot both of them. We
called and shot another jackal, he was about 35m from
us, stood and barked in our direction after I
challenged on the Foxpro, he looked straight at us,
never knew a thing at all till he was dead.
So, it’s pretty straight forward,
jackal smell good and see bad, cats see good and smell
bad! ( to wind us).
I hunt on top of windmills often, and
till today I have never called a jackal that has seen
me or looked up skywards, it has turned out to be a
good hunting tip. See my site under PREDATOR CALLING
INFO for WINDMILL HUNTING.
HERE IS MY BOOK, it also tells you other tricks for
trapping or hiding human scent, like cutting out the
jackals kidneys and placing it in a bottle with the
lid open when hunting, it hides your scent totally.
This is obviously old rotten kidneys for sure!
1929 Edition. The
answer to the question is a HORSE.