I am a conservation expert who loves nature and wildlife. Last week, I went hunting with two friends, Geraldine Foster and Jeffrey Clara, in Yixing National Forest Park. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t hunt for killing or entertainment, but for scientific research and protection purposes. Our hunting targets were some rare or endangered animals. We only used tranquilizer guns to knock down wild animals, then did some checks or markings on them, and then returned them to their original place. In this way, we can understand their living habits, distribution range, population size and other information, and provide a basis for formulating effective protection measures.
Yixing National Forest Park is a place with beautiful scenery and diverse ecology. It has rich animal and plant resources. The reason why we chose this place as our hunting destination is because there are some animal species that interest us, such as snow leopards, golden leopards, black bears, wild boars, deer and so on. These animals are mostly nocturnal, and it is difficult to see their traces during the day. Therefore, we decided to hunt at night, so that we can increase our success rate and observation opportunities.
Of course, night hunting also has its challenges and risks. Because there is not enough light and vision to find and track animals, and it is easy to be attacked by other dangerous animals or get lost at night. To cope with these difficulties, we did a lot of preparation work. For example, we brought night vision binoculars and infrared binoculars to see the shape and temperature of animals in the dark; we also brought flashlights, compasses, maps, walkie-talkies and other tools to ask for help or locate in emergencies. We also learned some hunting skills and tips, such as how to judge the direction and distance of animals, how to choose the right time and angle, how to avoid scaring or angering animals and so on.
With these preparations, we started our night hunting trip. Next, I will tell you in detail about our adventure experience in Yixing National Forest Park and the various wonderful animals we found and captured. I will also introduce you to the local food culture and let you feel the customs here. Please follow me into Yixing National Forest Park!
Night hunting preparation work is very important, it directly affects our safety and efficiency. In this regard, our most indispensable equipment is night vision binoculars and infrared binoculars. These two binoculars can let us see the details of animals in the dark, but they have different principles and functions.
Night vision binoculars use low-light enhancement technology to amplify the weak light at night by thousands of times, thus forming a clear image. This binocular is suitable for use under moonlight or starlight. It can let us see the color and texture of animals, but it also has some drawbacks. For example, it cannot work in completely dark environments, it will be interfered by strong light, it will consume a lot of power, it will emit a faint red light that may attract the attention of animals.
Infrared binoculars use thermal imaging technology to convert the infrared rays emitted by the animal’s body surface into visible light, thus forming images of different colors. This binocular is suitable for use in any light conditions. It can let us see the outline and temperature of animals, but it also has some drawbacks. For example, it cannot show the details and features of animals, it will be affected by temperature changes, it will produce some noise that may scare animals.
In order to make full use of the advantages of these two binoculars, we adopted an alternating method. When we looked for animals under moonlight or starlight, we used night vision binoculars to observe the appearance and behavior of animals. When we tracked animals in complete darkness or strong light, we used infrared binoculars to determine the position and state of animals. In this way, we can make correct judgments and reactions in different situations.
In addition to binoculars, we also brought some other equipment and tools. For example, we brought tranquilizer guns and cameras to capture animals. Tranquilizer guns can let us temporarily lose consciousness of them without hurting them, and then do some checks or markings on them. Cameras can let us take photos or videos of animals, as evidence of scientific research and records. Of course, when using these devices, we also have to pay attention to control the distance and angle, avoid shooting empty or injuring animals.
In addition, we also brought flashlights, compasses, maps, walkie-talkies and other tools. Flashlights can let us illuminate the surrounding environment when needed, but also pay attention not to overuse them, so as not to affect the night vision effect or attract unnecessary attention. Compasses and maps can let us determine our direction and position, avoid getting lost or going the wrong way. Walkie-talkies can let us keep in touch with teammates or base, report the situation or ask for help in time.
With these preparations, we have enough confidence and ability to cope with the challenges and risks of night hunting. Next, please follow me to review our night hunting process in Yixing National Forest Park, and the various wonderful animals we encountered.
The night hunting process is very exciting and interesting. It makes us feel the charm and mystery of nature. In Yixing National Forest Park, we met all kinds of animals. Below, I will introduce you to some of our experiences and discoveries in night hunting.
Before departure, we rested for a while at the base and had a hearty dinner. The dishes were all local specialties, such as wild vegetables, wild fruits, wild mushrooms, wild chickens, wild fish and so on. They tasted very delicious. We ate very happily and very full. After dinner, we started our night hunting trip.
We first went to a place called “Snow Leopard Valley”, which is the habitat of snow leopards. Snow leopards are very beautiful and precious animals. They have gray-white fur and black spots, graceful and strong body. They are nocturnal animals. They hide in caves or rocks during the day and hunt at night. They are very difficult to find and approach because they are very alert and sensitive.
We used night vision binoculars for a while and finally found a snow leopard figure. It was quietly approaching a group of unsuspecting goats. We immediately aimed at it with tranquilizer guns and waited for the right time. Just as it was about to pounce on the goats, we fired at the same time and hit it. It uttered a scream and fell to the ground. We ran over quickly, carried it to a safe place, did some checks and markings on it.
Then we went to a place called “Golden Leopard Forest”, which is the habitat of golden leopards. Golden leopards are very rare and endangered animals. They have golden-yellow fur and black dots, bright and charming eyes. They are also nocturnal animals. They hide in trees or grasses during the day and hunt at night. They are very difficult to detect and approach because they are very hidden and agile.
We used infrared binoculars for a while and did not find any traces of golden leopards. We felt very disappointed and strange. Are there no golden leopards here? Or have they moved elsewhere? Just as we were about to give up, we heard a sound of breaking branches. We turned our heads quickly and saw an amazing scene. A golden leopard was jumping down from a tree and rushing towards us. Its eyes were flashing with fierce light, its mouth was roaring loudly. We were scared out of our wits, quickly picked up tranquilizer guns and cameras, trying to defend and record. But our reaction was too slow, the golden leopard had already rushed to our front. Just as it was about to bite us, we heard a gunshot. A bullet came from afar and knocked down the golden leopard. We breathed a sigh of relief, looked up and saw that it was the people from the base who saved us. It turned out that they had been monitoring our movements with walkie-talkies, heard that we were in danger, and quickly fired. We were very grateful and very ashamed. We did not capture the golden leopard, but almost captured by the golden leopard.
It was a thrilling experience, we went to a place called “Black Bear Cave”, which is the habitat of black bears. Black bears are very strong and fierce animals. They have black fur and big claws, weighing up to 200 kilograms. They are animals that can be active both day and night. They like to rest in caves or tree holes, eat various foods, including plants, insects, birds, small mammals and so on. They are very easy to find and approach, but also very dangerous and aggressive.
We used night vision binoculars for a while and soon found several black bear figures. They were walking slowly in the forest, looking for food. We followed them carefully, prepared with tranquilizer guns and cameras. We chose the biggest black bear as our target, waiting for the opportunity. Just as it stopped to eat a fruit on a tree, we fired at the same time and hit it. It uttered a low roar and fell to the ground. We ran over quickly, carried it to a safe place, did some checks and markings on it, and then took a few photos. We were very excited because this was the first time, we saw a black bear and also the first time we successfully captured a black bear.
In this way, we completed our night hunting process. Although there were some thrills and difficulties, there were also some gains and fun. Next, please follow me to taste the local food culture and feel the customs here.
Although the night hunting process made us feel the charm and mystery of nature, it also made us feel hungry and tired. So, when we returned to the base, we couldn’t wait to have a delicious breakfast. Fortunately, the local food culture is very rich and diverse, which made us enjoy a lot of food and also feel the customs here.
The local food culture is mainly based on farm dishes, supplemented by wild ingredients. The people here like to eat some simple and healthy food, such as rice, noodles, steamed buns, tofu, vegetables, fruits and so on. These foods are made from local grains and vegetables and fruits, with pure and light taste, which can provide us with the energy and nutrition we need.
The locals also like to eat some special and delicious food, such as wild vegetables, wild fruits, wild mushrooms, wild chickens, wild fish and so on. These foods are made from local wild ingredients, with delicious and rich taste. These foods can satisfy our taste and preference, and also increase our appetite and fun.
There are also some unique and interesting food, such as honey, ants, snake meat, bear paw and so on. These foods are made from local special ingredients, with sweet and spicy taste. These foods really can challenge our courage.
We had a hearty breakfast at the base, including all kinds of food mentioned above. We ate very happily and very full. In this way, we ended our night hunting trip in Yixing National Forest Park. Although there were some thrills and difficulties, there were also some gains and fun. Next, please follow me to summarize our experience in Yixing National Forest Park, and our views on animal protection.
In this trip, we not only satisfied our curiosity and adventure spirit, but also enhanced our knowledge and skills. We not only enjoyed the beauty and delicacy of nature, but also experienced the danger and challenge of nature. We not only gained some evidence of scientific research and records, but also gained some life experience and lessons.
After this trip, we realized more deeply the importance and urgency of animal protection. We saw some animals facing the danger of extinction because of human destruction and interference. We saw some animals suffering from pain and torture because of human greed and cruelty. We saw some animals losing their rights to survival and development because of human ignorance and indifference.
As animal protection experts, we have the responsibility and obligation to protect these animals, let them live safely and freely in nature. As ordinary people, we should also respect and love these animals, let them coexist peacefully and harmoniously with humans. As a member of the earth, we should also cherish and protect these animals, let them enrich and beautify our world.
This is all about our night hunting trip in Yixing National Forest Park. I hope you like my sharing, and I hope you can join us to work hard for animal protection. Thank you for reading!