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April 04, 2008


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Great tips Mike. Here's a couple more.
Shoot alot.I like to go to the range as much as i can. Practice using different bullets to see what groups better. Then study the ballistics on that bullet so you know the drop for further shots. If i have a 200 yard zero on my rifle and i know my bullet will drop aprox. 7" at 300 and 16" at 400 i'll know right were to put it if that shot presents itself. (with help from my range finder)
Another tip for far shots. When we go out west.(Wyoming/Montana) Bi-pods or shooting sticks are our best friend. Not very often do you get a shot less than 100 yards. Resting your gun for a good steady shot is almost always needed and very helpful.If you go out west, dont leave home without one :)

Great tips from both Mike and Scott.

I kind of do the same thing, but I will shot my .22 rifle quite a bit from all different positions (offhand, kneeling, off shooting sticks, etc) over the summer and then switch to my firearm of choice for deer as the season approaches.

I'll shoot my gun off the bench a few times to check my zero and then start shooting offhand and with sticks too.

It's amazing how good practice with a .22 will translate into good shooting with any long gun. Yes the recoil will be different but the mechanics are the same.

BTW, my 10 year old son is getting to be a pretty good shot with the .22 rifle too. It's something we do together and both enjoy.


Good tips, Mike. I like the screw in steps idea. I carry a monopod with me in the stand. I use it as a walking stick on my long walks in over broken ground. When I get in the tree I just adjust it to my standing height so I can use it as a rest.

This one might be a no-brainer but...

I make sure to leave my rifle/shotgun outside overnight locked in the truck. If you leave it inside it'll fog up on you as soon as you go outside if it's cold.

most of my friends are shakey with their muzzle loaders.....afraid of the big bang.....if you shoot spring and fall with the gun in a gun vise at 100 yards and get zeroed in and shooting reallt tight groups then take it out of the vice in august and start shooting field positions.......the bench shooting will build confindence causing a better filed shot and a tollerance to the recoil of 150gr. 777

when the smoke clears that big un' or little tasty one will be laying right there......IT WORKS

thx for all these good ideas folks :)

I like to practice bring up the gun to the firing position. Choose a something out in the field and bring the gun up till you’re locked on to hit it. Choose all different distances and eventually you will get faster at locking on to a target. It helps a lot for a fast shot. Always start form a rest position.

I like to thump empty shotgun hull's up and shoot'em with my 22. That'l improve your shootin, I promise.

I like to shoot with a friend. Have a buddy watch you shoot to make sure you don't flinch or have bad form. I like to get my buddy to load my rifle with both live rounds and spent rounds, then give me the rifle. This is an excellent way to see if someone will flinch. Also, you are more likely to concentrate and shoot the best that you can with someone watching or trying to "out shoot" you. The spirit of competition usually brings out either the best or the worst in someone. If you know what kind of mistakes you are making it will be easier to correct them.

becuase we hunt in and around the Horicon Marsh many of our deer are killed on deer drives out in tall flat cattails stands if a buck or doe jumps up and runs directly away from you dont shoot let the guys with better safer angled shots becuae 9 out of 10 times if you do shoot you hit the deer right in the rump and gut shot texas bulls eye deer is hard to track in the hardwoods let alone in 3 to 6 foot marshgrass

when I am in the stand, I pick leaves on the ground, knots on the tree, or something small to practice bringing my crosshairs to a rest on and adjusting for wind and distance. When Mr. 10 point walks out, his boiler room will be huge compared to that knot.

Thanks for all the tips everyone. I don't get to shoot as much as I should and I should really shoot a lot before season starts. I work construction and use a nail gun a lot and I flinch every time I shoot it. I've found myself doing that shooting guns as well. It's something I have to work hard at to correct. The biggest piece of advice I think I can offer though is MAKE SURE YOU DON"T BREATH ON YOUR SCOPE WHEN BRINGING IT UP TO MAKE A SHOT. Has happened to me several times and really messed me up. Each time it has taken me too long to realize I need to try and wipe it off to make the shot and its always too late.


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