Hunting on moon nights and a few tips
Here is a really interesting article on night vision
and hunting with the moon, if you have a bad set of
night vision it will help to use it on moon nights,
you have more natural light and you see better ( so do
predators so watch it).
Ok, firstly remember the area you hunt dictates how
you must set up. If you hunt Karoo you have the small
bushes all over the place, if you hunt Free State you
have no cover generally and this dictates that we use
other ideas. I hope this helps
REMEMBER – NEVER use black at night to camo the
truck, if you do, you will stand out like a lemon in
a bag of apples! It is vital to use camo NOT BLACK.
Hessian for the Free State fields is best, or a cover
with golden brown colours, NOT DARK. The Karoo allows
us to use broken up colours, grey, brown and dull
green (NOT BLACK). Also, don’t use shade cloth,
it shines in the moon
light and also squeaks in the wind.
You are hunting at night with a moon and you can
easily be spotted, so here are vital things to do to
sure to use colours the same as your terrain and use a
construction as small as possible (quad / ladder/
at all possible place the truck, quad, ladder or
whatever structure you use , try place it at an area
facing the area you suspect the predator to approach
from, then you don’t move much.
all movement to a minimum.
moon makes you throw shadows, so don’t move too much.
have any car reflectors on your bakkie; it will light
up in the moon night!
the caller into the wind at least 100m away from you.
2-3 small tiny bottles of jackal gland lure about 80m
from you downwind spread out 25m apart; this will help
keep incoming predators noses confused and less on
makes the incoming animal look much further away than
it is, so beware.
concealing yourself totally and NOT using a big moving
– SEE MORE DETAIL HERE LATER!
a platform with a hole, a table top kind of thing that
just your head sticks out of, and around you it is all
Don’t wear anything shiny and do not draw attention to
you sit in a swivel chair in the open, wear colours
that match the area, give as much attention to this as
the moon helps with NV, it gives you plenty natural
light and you see so well, you do not need the extra
infra red lens at all.
now you must be careful as predators see real good on
a moon night, and you with NV makes you even, but now
remember to direct that attention away from you, that
calling sound you make must not be anywhere near you.
using NV remember the animal is or seems most times
further away than it really is, so if you use say 3-4
clothing pegs hang them on a bush here at their at say
70m then you know exactly the range if a predator
comes through that area, also mark the caller with a
reflector and you will spot it fast with the NV.
MOON hunting is very common sense stuff, but pay
detail to the area and you will be more successful
A HUNT ON FULL MOON
A friend and I hunted the Karoo, it was full moon – it
was so bright we could see quite well over the clear
open sandy area at our one side. We pulled the truck
between two bushes that were about a metre plus tall.
We got nicely hidden and faced a direction I thought
we would see something approach from. After calling
for 15 minutes we saw with NV a set of eyes about 500m
away, it was moving at quite a speed and covering
ground fast. At 250m I could see him clearly; he came
past us at about 150m and crossed my partner’s barrel
about 100m from the caller, kiss kiss and bang. The
jackal never knew we sat hidden and on full moon we
klapped him, the wind was mild and we used two bottles
of gland lure 30m in front of us.
On moon nights using a
red light is basically useless, as you cant see the
light it throws, or very little of it anyway,
using NV with a moon
works as long as you are hidden
and the caller is nowhere
Using colours light and flat is important, no dark
patches, and you must match that terrain. You will
mostly stand in the open and must make sure that the
area isn’t broken up by you with dark colours, grass
golden brown camo is good or Hessian is better.
Hessian sheeting will blend you in at night perfectly
and you will not stand out at all.
The nice thing about NV
is that on moon nights you don’t need extra infra red
lenses etc, just the NV on its own, as with the moon
you see so well, just remember to keep all movements
to a minimum.
Try to limit movements on a shooting chair.
STOEL EN BEWEEGING
Here is what I mean, instead of turning the chair and
keeping the binocular directly in front of you, rather
turn your shoulders slowly ONLY while looking with NV,
then when you reach that point you can’t turn anymore
then move that chair a little, and then move the
In other words, if you
sit and look
straight with NV, turn your body left and right, you
will be able to at least turn 320 degrees in a circle
(SEATED) so you only have to turn your actual swivel
chair a tiny bit to cover all around you ( 360
degrees). BUT if you
can cover 360 degrees by turning your upper body only
if you are in good shape. As your legs move or twist
on the spot you stand.
As a trial, do this, stand and turn holding a
binocular, just turn your top shoulder area not your
bottom section and you will see you will be able to
look around far in a circle, now sit and do the same,
you will look far again around you but not that good
as when you stood up.
Now at night do this but don’t move that chair so
much, then you stop unnecessary swivel chair
Also, take note a jackal can motor towards you at
night, hy kry n moerse spoed en is vinnig, now on a
moon night he sees even better, and now he will motor
even faster! So be wake up! OR you will scan and see
Mr Doggy sitting behind your bakkie looking at you!
I hunted one night with a guy who would light up an
area with a red light every 3 minutes, no less! I
told him to light up every 20 seconds maximum as
jackal can motor in, BUT he never listened, so I
never hunted ever again with him, that night many
animals came in to us that we never even saw!
A GOOD TIP
Get yourself a small swivel chair that can be carried
easily into the field, place it in a sheep camp on the
ground in an area that had stock loss, wear colours
matching your area and sit and await nightfall, scan
with NV and be ready, now you are ground level, and
you wont be spotted easily, just find a good spot with
good visual aspects.
YOU CAN USE THIS as I do,
I create a wall of space, I call it a wall, it is in
actual fact an area of space that I create that is
between me and an incoming predator, I make sure
nothing is within 80m of me all the time, and this is
MY SPACE, I after I have scanned that area, I scan on
the border of it 20m inside and then outside of it. I
place a reflector 75m away from me, this is my marker,
then I know that once I see eyes or his movement he is
either at 75, or more from me. If he appears closer
than 75m the first time I see him, I know I was far
too casual and must jack up my act (this happens
easily when you start to get tired and you make
Every now and then I scan close to me, in case
something slipped through, another thing you can do
with a no moon night is every say 10 minutes just scan
fast with a red light just once, just to make sure you
never missed anything
If you are two guys scanning with NV chances are
nothing at all will go un noticed, I hunt 90% of the
time with a partner it is safer at night and I am
scared of the dark
WANT TO LEARN MORE
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Here is a dog I called that knew NOTHING at all, he
had no idea of our presence and we used night vision
as per usual.
JAKKALS / KATTE EN NAGSIG -- WARNING
I know I have said this before BUT remember that when
you start using NV you will learn very fast that
because you now use no lights, the animals called
respond faster, they come in faster sometimes too
fast! And lastly they come really close to you.
TEEF JAKKALS LOKAAS
HERE IS A TYPICAL IDEA OF WHAT I DO ON MY HUNTS; I use
a gland lure we now make up, it is placed downwind 20m
from me and I set out 3 bottles. They are 15m apart; I
mark them all with a small reflector so I can find
them easily after the hunt. The lure helps hide your
smell, it works well!
TEEF JAKKALS LOKAAS / GLAND LURE
The new gland lure we are making up is taken from the
female jackal virginal areas, and together with other
organs also taken from the female jackal, we mince it
up with a preservative and use this now on our hunts
to hide our smell and also lure in other jackals
easier. The gland lure we are making is 100% genuine
and made by hand.
This is a new product for 2010.
If you want a bottle to do these applications give us
See our site for this new item for 2010.