Re: Shooting Mats
I've never seen them as practical unless you're hunting in an area where stationary positions can be maintained. I prefer to stalk game and move in as close as possible using stealth so that I improve my clean kill chances. Shooting from long distances in any terrain other than open prairie means the chance of an unseen twig or other obstruction ruining an otherwise good shot makes for a disappointing day. In a position where a mat would work, by the time I get it deployed and set up the shot the target is likely to have moved and belly crawling to re-align the shot means I have to leave the mat behind anyway. They may be some protection against those little cactus plants in Wyoming (ouch!!) but I doubt they'd stop the stickers entirely.
I have a great woman, fantastic kids, a warm place to sleep and an accurate rifle. Life is good ..............
Hunter Safety Instructor - California Hunter Safety Meritorious Service 1971 - 1972. Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship Instructor - NRA Life Member
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