As a dentist, I have a busy and boring job. So, I have always taken hunting as my hobby, and whenever I have the chance, I go with some like-minded friends to explore nature, look for excitement and relaxation. Last month, I went hunting with two dentist colleagues Jesse Tracy and Ula Snow at Meitan Longquan Forest Park, which was my first time to experience night hunting, and also my most memorable trip. In this article, I want to share with you our experience at Meitan Longquan Forest Park, and the fun and challenge of hunting at night.
Meitan Longquan Forest Park is a national forest park located in Yiliang County, Yunnan Province, covering an area of about 3000 hectares, with an altitude ranging from 1800 meters to 2800 meters. The park is famous for its tea culture and eco-tourism, with rich natural resources and cultural landscapes, making it a good place for hunting.
We chose this place as our hunting destination for several reasons. First of all, the park has a suitable climate, with spring-like weather all year round, no big temperature difference, and not much rain or snow. This way, we don’t have to worry about being affected by the weather when hunting, and we don’t have to bring too many clothes and equipment. Secondly, the park has lush vegetation, with a variety of trees and flowers, some of which are rare and have medicinal value. These plants not only provide us with beautiful scenery, but also provide us with shelter and rest places. Finally, the park has a variety of animal species, with many suitable targets for hunting, such as rabbits, pheasants, ducks, deer and so on. These animals not only have delicious meat, but also have a certain degree of challenge and interest.
We stayed at Meitan Longquan Forest Park for three days and two nights, and we would go hunting separately during the day and night. Hunting during the day is relatively easy, because the visibility is high and the target is clear. Hunting at night is more exciting and unforgettable, because the visibility is low and the target is vague. In the following sections, I will describe in detail our process and feelings of hunting at night.
The difficulty and danger of hunting at night are much higher than hunting during the day. Because the visibility is low at night, the target is vague, and the sound and smell are more sensitive. If you don’t have the right equipment and skills, you can easily miss opportunities or encounter dangers. So, before we set off, we made full preparations and bought some necessary tools such as flashlights, compasses, whistles, first aid kits and so on. But the most important tool is the binoculars that can help us see clearly in the dark.
There are two main types of binoculars: infrared binoculars and night vision binoculars. They both use a technology to enhance or improve vision under low light conditions. But they use different technologies and are suitable for different situations. They have their own advantages and disadvantages. Infrared binoculars use infrared sensors to detect the temperature of objects and surfaces and display different levels of heat with different colors and brightness. The higher the temperature of an object, the brighter it appears. It does not need any light source to work unlike night vision binoculars which need some low light level to be effective. It can be used in complete darkness and can detect small temperature differences thus distinguishing shapes and contours. It is suitable for use in very low or no light conditions such as caves forests etc.
Night vision binoculars use a sensor to collect the existing trace of light and amplify and project it onto a small screen inside the binoculars. It needs some low light level to work, such as moonlight, starlight, etc. Some night vision binoculars also use infrared (IR) illuminators to further enhance the effect. Infrared is invisible to humans, so the binoculars collect the reflected infrared and convert it into the visible spectrum. It is suitable for use in conditions with some light source, such as cities, suburbs, etc.
Among the three of us, Jesse Tracy chose to buy a pair of infrared binoculars, while I chose to buy a pair of Owler1 night vision binoculars. Ula Snow did not buy any binoculars, only brought a flashlight. We found the advantages and disadvantages of the two types of binoculars in the process of using them.
The advantage of Jesse Tracy’s infrared binoculars is that they can be used in complete darkness, unaffected by light sources. They can clearly see the heat of animals and humans, even their breathing. They can also see some objects hidden in leaves or grass, because they have different temperatures. The disadvantages are: very expensive, much more expensive than night vision binoculars. They also cannot show the color and detail of objects, only the heat level. There is also the possibility of being discovered by other people using infrared technology, because they emit infrared signals.
The advantage of my Owler1 night vision binoculars is that they are cheaper, much cheaper than infrared binoculars. They can also show the color and detail of objects, unlike infrared binoculars that can only show the heat level. They also have a built-in infrared illuminator that can provide some auxiliary light in the absence of light sources. The disadvantages are a bit heavy, and there is also the possibility of being discovered by other people using night vision technology, because they emit a faint red light.
Ula Snow did not buy any binoculars, only brought a flashlight. She said she did not want to spend money on these things, she felt that a flashlight was enough. Her advantage is that she saved money and did not have to carry heavy binoculars around. Her disadvantage is that she can only see where the flashlight shines, and it is easy to scare away animals or attract danger. She also cannot enjoy the fun and excitement of hunting at night.
In short, in our process of hunting at night, we found the advantages and disadvantages of infrared binoculars and night vision binoculars. We also realized the importance of choosing suitable equipment and skills for hunting at night. In the following sections, I will introduce our harvest and fun of hunting at night.
The harvest and fun of hunting at night made us very satisfied and happy with this trip. In the three days and two nights, we shot a total of six rabbits, four pheasants, three ducks, and a deer. The animals we shot, we did not waste, but used them to make delicious food. We rented a small cabin on the mountain, which had a kitchen and a barbecue grill. We used the kitchen’s knives and seasonings to process the animals, and then cooked them with the grill or pot. We felt that the animals we shot were fresher and sweeter than those bought in the market. We also invited some nearby villagers to share with us, and they were very happy.
In addition to the animals, we shot ourselves, we also tasted some local specialties and snacks. Meitan Longquan Forest Park is a place famous for its tea culture and eco-tourism, so the local food is also related to tea. For example, there is a snack called tea eggs, which are eggs boiled with tea and spices. They are dark brown in color and sweet in taste, very suitable for snacks or breakfast. There is also a dish called tea oil chicken, which is chicken fried or cooked with tea oil (a kind of oil extracted from tea seeds). It is golden in color and tender in taste, very suitable for staple food or wine dishes.
In short, in the process of hunting at night in Meitan Longquan Forest Park, we not only enjoyed the fun and excitement of hunting, but also enjoyed the local food and customs. We felt that this trip was very worthwhile and unforgettable. In the following sections, I will summarize my own and my colleagues’ opinions and suggestions on this trip.
In this article, I shared with you my experience of hunting at night with my colleagues at Meitan Longquan Forest Park, and the fun and challenge of hunting at night. We felt that this trip was a rare opportunity that allowed us to experience the charm of nature, enhance friendship, relax body and mind, and also learn some knowledge about binoculars, as well as how to choose suitable equipment and skills. We also tasted some local specialties and felt the local culture and style.
We were very satisfied with this trip and had a deeper understanding and love for hunting at night. We think that hunting at night is an interesting and beneficial activity that can exercise the body, improve skills, increase knowledge, and broaden horizons. We suggest that friends who like hunting can also try hunting at night, and we believe that you will have different harvests and experiences. Of course, we also remind you to pay attention to safety and environmental protection when hunting at night, do not harm innocent animals and plants, do not destroy the balance and beauty of nature.
Finally, I want to thank my colleagues Jesse Tracy and Ula Snow, they are my good partners for this trip, and also my good friends in life. Without their company and support, I could not have so much joy and memories. I hope we have the opportunity to go hunting together again in the future or do other meaningful things. I also want to thank you readers you are my motivation and goal for writing this article. I hope you like my article and can get some inspiration and help from it. Thank you!