I have been giving some thought lately on hunting quietly. By that, I mean to hunt without attracting the attention from your neighbors that a normal gunshot would make. Unless you live way out in the country, a gunshot will attract unwanted attention. So I have several suggestions on hunting quietly.
The first method I am going to suggest is to use snares. This may be the best method, these work all the time, whether or not you are present. If a neighbor were to find a snare, they may not know who placed it. Snares can be made to take just about any size game.
Here are some links to making and using snares,
Now snares take practice so if you live in an area where the law permits you to hunt with snares I suggest you get out and experiment. One thing that may make snaring easier in an emergency is that there may be many household pets that have been turned lose. Not having a fear of man they may be very easy to catch by baiting. Personally, I have no qualms about eating a dog or cat in a starvation situation.
Bows and crossbows are viable if you have some training and experience in their use. They are silent and can kill very effectively. They do require a certain amount of strength and are not for everybody. I am going to get an expert on bow hunting to do a post in the future.
A good choice for many of us may be the air rifle. I know two people who live in a semi-rural area with neighbors less than a hundred yards from their home. Both have killed deer that were raiding their garden with single shots to the head. In neither case were they detected. Neither individual had particularly high quality air rifles.
If you choose to buy an air gun, avoid ones that use co2 or other cylinders that have to be purchased. Tomorrow I will post an article to help you determine what type of an air rifle to buy.
Be warned that most of what I have suggested here on hunting quietly is illegal in almost every state and is not something you should try without determining if it is legal where you live. Don’t do anything dumb and get into trouble.