Persistence hunting

This is a hunting technique that uses the process of tiring their prey to the extent of extreme exhaustion. The fundamentals behind this technique are based on the biology of animals and humans. Humans can sweat to reduce the heat that is developed in their body as they undertake physical activity. On the other hand, four legged animals need to slow down their pace in order to pant. This technique of persistence hunting was seen to a large extent in the times when people hunted on horses. The thrill of the chase is what really kept the game alive.

While it is possible to use other kinds of motorized vehicles in some places to hunt, this technique has been abandoned in most places. However, some of the Kalahari Bushmen and people in Northern Mexico use this technique to date.

It is interesting to note that this technique was probably one of the first hunting techniques that were adopted by man. And the technique was developed due to the innate unique ability of man to undertake endurance running, a technique in which you can run at a steady pace for a long time. On the other hand, animals who were extremely good at interval running could not continue with the same speed for too long.

Given the nature of the technique it is often practices in the middle of the afternoon, a time when the sun is hot so that the game tires quickly and gives up. However, it is not uncommon for the process to take between 2 and 5 hours at times.




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