Varmint Hunting | Predator Hunting
Predator (or varmint) calling is one of the fastest growing hunting sports throughout North America.
All hunting is primarily regulated by state law but additional regulations are imposed through United States environmental law – for example, in the case of migratory birds and endangered species. Regulations on hunting vary widely from state to state, and these guidelines and laws will govern the areas to be hunted, the time periods during which hunting may take place, as well as techniques and methods by which specific game and non-game animals may be hunted.
Some states make a distinction between protected species and unprotected species (often vermin (or varmints) and predators for which there are no hunting regulations). Please make sure you are educated on the laws within your state – for Texas laws, see Texas Parks and Wildlife website about non-game hunting regulations.
Varmint or predator hunting gives property and resource managers an important tool in managing animal populations that might exceed the carrying capacity of their habitat and in turn, threaten the well-being of other species, or, in some instances, damage human health or safety.
Varmint calling is when the hunter lures the varmints by imitating a sound that will attract these non-game animals usually seen as pests. Varmint species are often responsible for detrimental effects on crops, livestock, landscaping, and pets. These animals can cause devastating economic losses on farmland, cropland, orchards and ranches. Some of these animals, such as feral hogs or fox, may be utilized for meat or fur, but with most varmints no use is made of the carcass.
Species determined to be “varmints” will depend on the circumstance and local area. Common species in Texas may include various rodents, coyotes, crows, fox, feral cats, and feral hogs.
Predator hunting is the hunting of non-game animals that are more than just pests – but prey on livestock, pets and game animals causing loss of life as well as potentially devastating economic loss. Predators can be called in the same manner as varmints – using the sounds of their prey animals to lure them into view.
While not always an efficient form of pest control, varmint and predator hunting may achieve selective control of pests as well as provide recreation for the hunter.
And while this type of hunting is much less regulated, before engaging in hunting for varmints or calling predators, please make sure you are educated about your state’s regulations. For more information and regulations regarding non-game hunting in Texas, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website. (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us)
Hunting Varmints or Predators:
Generally these animals are small and difficult to approach closely, so they must be called into close range. Hunting them requires a long range, highly accurate rifle.
Because of this, most products labeled varminter will generally fit the following characteristics:
- High velocity, for a flat trajectory
- Lightweight bullets, designed for minimum penetration
- Extreme accuracy, for the ability to hit small targets at long range
Predator Hunting Products:
We have a great selection of varmint rifles and ammo. And we are able to special order scopes, goggles, and binoculars.
We stock LightForce Handheld Spotlights which is the most popular spotlight among serious varmint hunters.
We also carry Parker Varmint calls (a Texas owned company) and Verminator Varmint Calls as well as FoxPro Electronic Calls.
A new item in our line are the Wildlife Technologies lights that have been selling faster than we can order them. These are flashlights that mount on scopes as well as the “hoglight” to mount on feeders to hunt late at night.
Take a look at this video using a Wildlife Technology Light