Micang Mountain is situated at the border of Sichuan and Shanxi provinces in China, and is a watershed between the Han River and the Jialing River, through which the ancient Micang Road passes. The main peak, Guangwu Mountain, is located in Nanjiang County, Sichuan Province, with an altitude of 2507 meters. Micang Mountain is currently the area with the largest preserved original forest of water oak plant species and the most concentrated distribution of species in the world. Micang Mountain Grand Canyon Scenic Area is located in Guangyuan City, Sichuan Province, with a total area of about 265 square kilometers. It is a national scenic spot that was expanded from the original Gucheng Mountain-Qili Gorge Provincial Scenic Spot.
Myself, Jill MacPherson, and Earl Gallacher are foreign tourists who came to China for a trip, and we were all curious and fascinated by China’s natural scenery and wildlife. We heard that Micang Mountain had rich biodiversity and spectacular canyon landforms, so we decided to go hunting there and experience China’s hunting culture and rural scenery. As night hunting was involved, we chose the brand WildGuarder in Shenzhen, China, and purchased their night vision binoculars, hoping to observe more wildlife in the dark.
We started from Chengdu and took a high-speed train to Guangyuan City, then transferred to a car to reach the Micang Mountain Grand Canyon Scenic Area. We found a farmhouse to stay in the scenic area, and the owner, a friendly local, told us there were many places to hunt, but we needed to pay attention to safety and legal regulations. He also introduced us to a guide who was familiar with the mountain forest and helped us arrange our hunting trip.
In the afternoon of the first day, we followed the guide to a place called Lujiao Ping. It was an open grassland surrounded by dense forests and mountains, and the guide said it was an ideal hunting ground where wild deer, boars, rabbits, and other animals often appeared. We found a concealed place near the grassland and opened our night vision binoculars, waiting for prey to appear.
After a short while, we saw several wild rabbits jumping out of the bushes and playing on the grassland. Jill and I were very excited and wanted to shoot them, but the guide stopped us, saying they were too small and not worth wasting bullets on. He asked us to be patient and wait for bigger prey. After a while, we saw a wild deer walking out of the forest and grazing on the grassland. The deer was very beautiful, with spots on its body and a pair of long antlers on its head. Jill and I were amazed by its beauty.
When we saw the deer, we couldn’t help holding our breath, afraid of startling it. We carefully observed its position and direction through the night vision binoculars, then quietly picked up our guns. Jill and I both wanted to shoot it, but we only had one gun, so we decided to let Earl shoot because he was the most experienced hunter among us. Earl aimed at the deer’s heart slowly and gently pulled the trigger. We heard a gunshot and saw the deer fall to the ground. We cheered and ran over to check our trophy. The deer was dead, with a small bullet hole in its body, and blood seeped out, staining the grassland red. We felt excited and regretful at the same time, excited that we had caught a big prey, and regretful that we had taken a life. The guide came over, congratulated us on our successful hunt, and helped us drag the deer onto the car to bring it back.
On the second night, we followed the guide to a place called Laolongchi, which was a mountain reservoir with many caves and cliffs around it. The guide said it was also a good hunting ground where wild boars, foxes, and weasels often appeared. We found a concealed place near the reservoir, opened our night vision binoculars, and waited for prey to appear.
This time, we didn’t have to wait too long to see a group of wild boars running out of a cave, drinking and foraging by the reservoir. The wild boars were very fat, some even had sharp tusks. Jill and I were both nervous, afraid that they would discover us and attack. The guide told us not to be afraid, as long as we kept quiet and kept our distance, we would be safe. He asked us to choose a target and prepare to shoot. This time, Jill and I both had guns, so we could shoot at the same time. I chose the biggest wild boar, while Jill chose the closest one. We carefully aimed at their heads with night vision binoculars, then simultaneously pulled the trigger. We heard two gunshots and saw two wild boars fall to the ground. The other wild boars scattered and ran away in fright. We both jumped up excitedly, ran over to check our spoils. Both wild boars were dead, with a large bullet hole in their heads, and blood flowing out, polluting the water source. We felt both proud and guilty, proud that we had hit two big game animals, and guilty that we had polluted the natural environment.
We went hunting in Micang Mountain for three days. In addition to deer and wild boars, we also saw other animals such as rabbits, foxes, yellow weasels, squirrels, sparrows, etc. We also used night vision binoculars to observe some nocturnal animals, such as owls, bats, hedgehogs, etc. We found the night vision binoculars to be very useful, allowing us to see the form and movement of animals clearly in the dark, without affecting their behavior. We were very satisfied with this product and felt that it was an essential tool for hunting.
In Micang Mountain, we not only experienced the fun of hunting, but also learned about the local customs, cuisine, and culture. We brought the hunted deer and wild boars back to the farmhouse, where the owner and guide helped us process them and made us a sumptuous wild game feast using local specialties. We tasted various meats such as deer, pork, and rabbit, as well as some mountain delicacies such as bamboo shoots, ferns, mushrooms, etc. We felt that these foods were all very fresh and delicious, with a strong natural flavor. We also drank local rice wine and white wine, feeling the warmth and generosity of the Chinese people.
We spent three happy and unforgettable days in Micang Mountain, gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for China’s nature and culture. We thank the owner and guide for their help and companionship, as well as wildguarder’s night vision binoculars for bringing us visual enjoyment. We hope to have the opportunity to come back to Micang Mountain for hunting again, and we also hope that more people can come here to experience the charm of nature.