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by g0th


ATTENTION:
Due to BSE outbreaks (which supposedly haven't been seen in the USA), and CJD/CWD outbreaks in deer/elk populations (in the USA and Canada), scrapie outbreaks (in sheep), CWD variants in moose located in southwestern Sweden, scrapie and cwd in reindeer located in Norway, and various other prion based outbreaks. I am recommending that my article stay up for research purposes, but, I IN NO WAY endorse using animals for blood purposes anymore.

nvCJD (new variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease) generally causes a rapidly progressing dementia and leads to death in under a year. At this moment in time, there is no positive link between BSE and CJD (unfortunately the outbreaks of nvCJD started right after the outbreaks of BSE tainted products). For more info on nvCJD and BSE, do a websearch, i'm sure i dont have to write an article on using search engines ;)

~g0th, March 2001


1.) Intro (or: Let's see what this idiot has to say)

Most vamps that I have met have problems with non-human blood. In some cases it is a matter of acquired taste, and in other cases most "vamps" are blood fetishists and have no real need for blood other than a self-induced addiction. So lets start off with my extremely cut version of what a vamp is... To me, a vamp is usually nocturnal (not by choice), needs blood to survive or at the very least kill a "hunger" induced pain, and has some form of control over physical abilities (ie: can release adrenaline without being scared shitless).

Hunting is quite a simple skill to most humans, but they have lost something in the process of refining their "skill". First, they have traded all the skill for tools; second, they no longer know how to rely on themselves as a predator. I will outline the basic ways that I hunt in the hopes that it may prove useful to others. (I in no way take responsibility for the readers actions, nor will I sanction any of these techniques against humans/other vamps.)


2.) Tools of the trade (or: I swear, officer, it isn't mine)

Trapping, firearms, bows and arrows...all these were invented by people to either simplify their lives, or because they had no skill in being a predator. So if you have 'em, use 'em when someone breaks into your house, as modern art, or -- damn -- they sell well at your next garage sale.

The only tools you need are:

  • a good knife (I recommend the Spyderco Endura, the Gerber Gator, or the cold steel para edge);
  • a scent and infrared masker (Maskit is a generic-type brand that works well, and stinks pretty bad);
  • the ability to climb, shut-up, and a lot of patience.


3.) Finding the best place (tracking, or: I stepped in what!??!)

Tracking isn't a skill limited to the realm of lame movies, and Walker: Texas Ranger skits...

The first thing to look for (I only go after deer) is feces.. I know it sounds bad, but hell, if I were tracking you, and you had been in the woods, I'm pretty sure I could begin trailing you as soon as you could no longer hold it. ;) Look for pattern; with white-tail deer, it is seldom a perfect pile due to their moving while defecating. The direction it trails off in is the direction they headed. If it is mating season, look for territorial marks on the trees, or listen for something that sounds similar to banging two sticks together. Trails through a wooded area are usually a good sign unless the area is regularly visited by people. If you plan on hunting at night...look for signs of bedding: matted grass, broken limbs; areas that will provide good cover for you, will usually do the same for a deer of comparable size. If hunting at night, find the area of bedding you want to stake out, and find a tree to wait in.


4.) Hunting (or: Damn! I didn't know they could do that!)

The one thing to remember in hunting is "unless you've been in a real bad relationship, you'e never had this kind of fight". If you remember that, then you shouldn't have too many problems.

A couple of techniques are:

  • simple tree-drop: A tree provides relatively good cover, and if you time it right, you can drop on an animal, and have them locked down without hurting them.
  • ambush: If you are lucky enough to find a well-used trail, or a well-used bedding area (if it smells like a deer...it's probably well-used) all you have to do is wait, -- well, wait and be well-camouflaged...

I am purposefully not going into much detail on these sections, I don't feel like hearing about the guy that got impaled while knife hunting a deer. So, if you are serious about it, you can easily devise new ways, and finish the two listed ones.


5.) BloodLetting (or: Damned leeches!)

If you don't know how this part works, just give up. If your a newbie and need help, well...ok, i'll let ya in on a couple of techniques...

Syringe: A syringe is usually the easiest way for the inexperienced bloodletter. Grab the back (scruff) of the neck, insert the needle roughly halfway, extract blood...simple eh? Just don't let a doctor do the same to you.

Scalpel: A scalpel or knife is my preferred technique, you can shave or shorten the fur, slice the skin, and really feed; but, don't cut to deep. If you do cut too deep, then you will probably cause nerve damage, muscle damage, and it can cause the animal to bleed internally for a while, leading to other problems.


6.) Risks (or: Whaddya mean you're taking my arm off?)

I decided to add this mainly because I never took the risks seriously. While hunting in this style, anything can happen, a quick list follows:

  • Cuts (brush, trees, antlers, or landing on a knife you thought was locked)
  • Broken bones (ever fall out of a tree? ever been hit by a living car, with a brush guard?)
  • Punctures (antlers suck)
  • Dislocated Joints (Don't laugh, unless you know how to safely relocate it, you're driving to the hospital with it)
  • Fractures (see broken bones)
  • Blood loss (see cuts)
  • Infection (Lyme disease, getting fecal matter in a wound, -- use your imagination)


7.) In Closing (or: I rest my case, Your Honour...erm, nope, that's falsified evidence, I swear I didn't leave that there)

This is just intended to help the newbies, and some of the more experienced with the basics of "safe hunting" -- i.e., not killing your prey; and causing no permanent damage. It is by no means a complete guide, as I have not the time to write a book on hunting.

Just remember this: If you try hunting without the scent masker or infrared masker (available at most hunting or military-surplus stores), -- if I can see you or smell you, then your prey already has.

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