There may come a day when you won’t want to advertise your presence when hunting. While it can be difficult to really pinpoint the location of a single gunshot in the forest, you may not want to take the chance.
There are several different means of hunting without using firearms, of course. Bow hunting is probably the most common. Visit any decent size sporting goods store and you may feel overwhelmed with all the gear available. If you are considering investing in the supplies for this option and you’re not already experienced with bow hunting, I highly suggest you find someone who has been doing it for years to mentor you a bit. While archery may not be quite as difficult as some of the other quiet hunting methods, it does take considerable practice to become even remotely proficient.
Air guns are another alternative to explore. You’ll find that when it comes to air rifles, you get what you pay for. You can certainly find models for well under $50.00 but odds are pretty good that they won’t really meet your needs. You’re better off spending the money to get something with decent power as well as being well manufactured. The great thing about air rifles though is the ammo is dirt cheap.
Slings and slingshots are worth considering. The ammo is plentiful, of course. While you can use rocks, many users prefer ball bearings or even marbles. You can set up a practice range at home by hanging a blanket from a clothesline, then putting your targets in front of it. That way, you won’t lose ammo. It will take quite a bit of practice to get the hang of things, especially when it comes to slings.
Blowguns are somewhat popular and can be purchased rather inexpensively. These take a lot of practice though, both to hit your target as well as learning the capabilities of the weapon. You certainly won’t be taking down any large game with one.
Trapping, while not actual hunting, is another method to explore. The good part about traps is they work ’round the clock. The bad thing though is someone or something else might beat you to your catch. Do some research and practice making several different types of traps. However, refrain from putting them into actual use unless your local laws allow for that.