Sighting in your scope and figuring out your ideal rifle and ammo combo are just the first steps in prepping for a big game hunt.
Don’t waste energy at the shooting range by firing your high powered hunting rifle too much in one session. Fatigue will lead to bad shooting habits and a sore body. Instead, hit the range more often and shoot less. If you don’t want to go home after five to 10 shots, bring a handgun or plinker along and switch off.
Literally get to know your gun at home. Practice getting comfortable with all shooting positions while achieving a good sight picture and cycling your rifle with dummy rounds. You can do this in even the smallest living spaces as long as you practice proper gun safety.
Choose the right shooting rest for you, and practice with it, a lot. It is essential that you train with the shooting sticks, bipod, or backpack you will use in the field when you’re practicing at home and with live fire at the range.
Practice shooting your hunting rifle at both short and long distances. This will give you greater confidence in the field no matter what kind of shot you have to take.
The fall of 2018 was a big step for me in my journey as a hunter. After many years shooting shotguns and upland bird and turkey hunting, I actually had a big game tag in my pocket.
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In this video, former Army Ranger sniper team leader Ryan Cleckner discusses alternate shooting positions to make sure you are as stable as possible.
Join the +ONE MovementFrom small game and upland birds to big game, waterfowl and even the creatures that define the term “top of the food chain,” hunting offers a priceless bond with the natural world, food for the table and a welcome respite from the world’s daily grind. One hunt can be all it takes to create a new hunter for life. With your help, we can recruit the next generation of hunters and shooters and grow America’s hunting heritage like never before. Join the +ONE Movement and invite a friend on your next hunt. Share your passion with posts on social media with #PlusOneMovement and #LetsGoHunting.
Join the +ONE MovementOne hunt can be all it takes to create a new hunter for life. With your help, we can recruit the next generation of hunters and shooters and grow America’s hunting heritage like never before. Join the +ONE Movement and invite a friend on your next hunt. Share your passion with posts on social media with #PlusOneMovement and #LetsGoHunting.
I have a love/hate relationship with deer decoys – but the more I understand where and when to use them, the more I love them.By Bob Robb Back in the Dark Ages of whitetail hunting, before food plots and sophisticated trail cameras and quality deer management and YouTube videos and a plethora of hunting TV shows on cable and all of that, I learned a lot about deer hunting from friends who spent more time in the woods than most sane folks would consider healthy. One of them was Gary Clancy, an outdoor writer and deer hunter extraordinaire from Minnesota who was taken from us far too early, in 2016, by a cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure when he served as an Army point man in Vietnam. Clancy was a soft-spoken, down-to-earth guy who loved to laugh. When he talked about whitetail hunting, I listened, because he knew his stuff. He was one of the first men I know of to start using decoys seriously for deer hunting. His classic 200-plus page book, Rattling & Decoying Whitetails, became a sort of bible on the topic. Gary was killing bucks over decoys that were crude by today’s standards, learning, as he went, the old-fashioned way, through trial and error. What he taught me back then still applies today, and his simple yet effective techniques are even more deadly when using modern decoys.