What's your Shooting Positions

Discussion in 'How To Hunt Big Game' started by prohuntersmind, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    I like to practice regularly from standing, kneeling, sitting and prone - because I've used them all over the decades of hunting.

    Standing has usually been for quick shots at modest range. Though I also stood, and rested the rifle on a stout limb several years ago, taking a mule deer at 400 yards with the shot. That sturdy tree and stout limb were simply the perfect rest for standing! Photo shows me practicing standing at 300 yards with my 30-06, and I'm glad I do a fair bit of that. Shot my grizzly last spring, from standing. Several times!

    Kneeling literally hurts my knees/legs and I use it sparingly. However in 2014 I shot a pronghorn antelope from a quickly-assumed kneeling position, resting the rifle on a handy boulder. Shot was only about 160 yards or so.

    Sitting is a position I've used a LOT over the years. Often, on a steep hill, shooting down or across a canyon/ravine, it's the only position that really works. So, I practice a lot from sitting with my .22 rimfire, and also with my centerfire rifles. Sometimes I'll use a rest, but the traditional sling wrapped around my support arm works great from sitting. Took my most recent mule deer from sitting at just over 200 yards a couple of months ago. My son keeps a tall Harris bipod on his rifle, and routinely uses sitting with the bipod to make good shots on game. Photo is of me, practicing 300 yard sitting with my 375 H&H Ruger Number One and a 3x scope:

    Often I can't use prone because the grass, brush, fallen logs, rocks or whatever interferes.

    Prone is however, a very favored position, and if I can use it, I will! I prefer to use my backpack for a rest. Fall of 2016 I shot antelope, mule deer & elk from prone. A hunting buddy snapped this photo moments before I shot an elk about a year ago, at 338 yards with the ol' 30-06 rifle:

    I use them all, but end up using sitting most of the time. Stable, accurate, and high enough to avoid most of the intervening grass, rocks, brush, etc...

    Regards, Guy
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  2. wyowinchester

    wyowinchester Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2012
    YEP ^^^^^^^
    Learn them all, Use the one that is needed for the job at hand.
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  3. ATH

    ATH Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    Within 200 yards, I have used every possible position. Beyond 200 yards, it has been prone. I cannot think of a single exception, must be >75 animals past 200. Simply not stable enough in any other position to trust the shot.
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  4. schwanman

    schwanman Member

    Oct 6, 2013
    I practice all positions but will use prone every chance I can get - which is more often than not. To each his own, however, we do owe it to the animal to kill as quickly and cleanly as possible and to have the discipline to know when a shot shouldn't be taken because you aren't in the proper position for that shot.
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  5. Zen Archery

    Zen Archery Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2012
    Prone when sighting in, plinking, sending down range.
    Tripod when hunting.
  6. Idaho Lefty

    Idaho Lefty Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2018
    THIS ^^^^ When, I need to shoot offhand, my arm is braced against the Sling, to about, 125 yards (or over, a Branch if, in Timber), when in sitting position, to 300 yards, I use Hunter's Specialties, "Sticks" with, a Pack under, the rifles "Toe" (Pack against my chest), "sticks" held by hand firmly and braced against my knee and when shooting "prone" it's over my back pack with, a Holland Field Bag, (Toe Rest), for shots beyond 300 yards,.. I don't carry, a Bipod anymore, as the Rifle, change's POI for all, the "other" methods, that I use ! Bonus,.. one pound OFF the Rifle's weight !
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2018
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