A guest post from an anonymous member of my hunting party “documenting” his 2012 Wisconsin Gun Deer Opening day:
Here’s a great tutorial to improve your chances of blowing your deer hunting experience.
Prior to your Hunt
- Ditch the scope and use iron sights. Avoid anything that will help you clearly see the sights, including white or flourescent paint, fiber optics, etc.
- Keep your shotgun warm and dry in a safe place. Never practice shooting your shotgun with your hunting setup. Make sure you live in an area where there are no old quarries, dirt mounds, other suitable abandoned areas for practicing. Don’t bother trying to join a shooting club because they make in nearly impossible to join and typically aren’t very friendly to outsiders.
Your Hunting Setup
- Hunt in an area where there are an abundance of other hunters, campers, dogs, motorcycles/ATV’s, etc to make the deer especially skittish.
- Hunt early morning when visibility is less than optimal.
- Hunt during thick fog so you can’t get an ideal sight picture of the deer that show up.
- Avoid the use of any kind of brace for your shotgun. Resting your left elbow on your knee like you practiced would only help stabilize your shot and decrease your chances of a clean miss.
- Be sure to rush your shot. Getting the front sight, rear sight, and deer in alignment are really just a suggestion by those shooters that take their world way too seriously. Just go through the motions and yank the trigger as quick as you can. Being patient and waiting for the deer to get comfortable in their location will also decrease your odds of a miss.
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