Originally Posted by wyowinchester
Leave the bullets home. Go out in the "woods, hills, mountians...." where ever you hunt. Practice sneaking up on animals. Watch their actions. If you want to spot and stalk practice it. SLOW DOWN
That's real good advice. Get a good pair of binoculars. Practice at a variety of elevations. Game animals adapt to their environment. A deer in the woods or brush at lower elevations will behave differently than it might at 10,000 feet where it's steep, rocky and offers little cover. Learn to read the wind, both for knowing how to stay up wind of the game and how it affects the accuracy of your shot. Learn what the game you're hunting relies on as food. Watch the habitat and identify fringe areas (the area between food and cover where you can watch game movement) and learn their bedding habits. Learn their timing and other influential factors that might cause them to move from one elevation to another. Learn to read "sign". (How does the droppings of the game you're hunting differ from droppings from other game). Go out before daylight as often as possible a couple of weeks before hunting season opens and locate what will be a legal target when season opens. Watch that animal and record his habits/schedules. Be alert for what environmental factors might influence his choices of movement.
Learn to shoot uphill, downhill, in cross winds, low light, harsh light, cold, wet, dry, warm, and moderate weather conditions. Limit your shooting distances to include only the range at which you can consistently hit an 8 inch pie plate.
Practice shooting standing (preferably with some sort of support) sitting, kneeling, and prone. If you develop good stalking skills you are less likely to find it necessary to shoot at a running target. (IMO, shooting at running targets results in a lot of poorly placed shots that ruin a lot of good meat) Remember that trying to locate wounded game isn't much fun ... and it all too often leaves a wounded animal to die a slow death in a secluded location where it cannot be located and the meat goes to waste.
That should get you started ...............
Best of luck in your hunting experiences.
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