PSE’s Pedro Ampuero Small Game
By Pedro Ampuero
Small game hunting season started a few weeks ago here in Spain. It is one of my favorite times of the year, since I really love to see the dogs in action.
In Spain we can hunt a lot of different species, like quails, red partridge, woodcook, ducks, rabbits, pigeons, etc.. On the other hand, most of them are not made for doing it with bow and arrow.
Probably the most common hunted are rabbits. They are a lot of fun, and it’s a great way for introducing hunters in to archery. At the same time, it is also an outstanding practice for improving you stalking skills and focusing on small targets. I try to stalk rabbits every time I can. For hunting them I would suggest a speed bow that makes little sound on the release, since rabbits can really disappear before the arrow arrives to destination. My final advice, use a judo point or similar to avoid pass troughs, in order to try to recover the game easier.
Quail is another animal that you can hunt with bow an arrow with the help of a pointing dog. By using a special broadhead composed of wires, we will have lots of fun trying to drop down a small quail from the air with and arrow. Traditional equipment makes it quicker to aim and release the arrow as soon as possible.
Finally, its getting more common between bowhunters to hunt red partridges during the rutting period with the help of a live decoy. The decoy will challenge other males and they will come to fight against it. It is really important to get the birds with the first arrow, since the decoy could lose its confidence and stop calling forever. Beautiful and challenging way of hunting!
Good luck all in the mountains!
Pedro Ampuero was raised in Spain, a country full of hunting opportunities in which the hunting season goes year round. He spends many days each year in the field and traveling the world in search of new adventures. You will always find him outdoors scouting, hunting, filming or tracking with his Bavarian bloodhound.
Pedro is a mechanical engineer by trade and a bowhunter by heart. He is the co-founder of the blog AdventurousBowhunter.com and Cazandoconarco.es and has written many articles for the hunting industry and currently collaborates with the most prestigious companies on the industry.