n Farmer’s Weekly - Hiding your presence on a jackal hunt - predation management

Volume 2018 Number 18018
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



Not all jackals use the wind correctly; many approach from other directions. Thus, using two callers at night can confuse a jackal. Most times it will get the wind wrong, thereby benefitting you. Play a food source on one caller and jackal barks on the other. This said, many jackals have an excellent sense of smell. So the more attention you give to your hunting area, the more successful you’re likely to be. Place three or four open glass bottles of gland lure downwind about 20m apart and 30m in front of you to create a ‘curtain’ of jackal smell that will help hide your presence. I do this until the first jackal is shot, then use this one’s glands instead. Obtaining gland lure from the carcass is easy. First ensure that you are wearing surgical gloves; these animals can be covered in bacteria, ticks, fleas and other parasites. Then feel for the two glands slightly down from the 5 and 7 o’clock positions on the rear vent. You can push them so that they exude liquid through the vent, or puncture them with a spike or knife. If you have shot a female jackal, the scent will be particularly effective at disguising your presence.

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