Two Basic Rifle Hunting Tips

Rifle hunting is a recreational activity that involves shooting of game animals with a rifle. Turkeys, rabbits, and squirrels are some of the favorite targets of hunters.

To become successful at rifle hunting, a hunter must develop a number of skills – how to stalk, how to read animal tracks, how to achieve rifle accuracy, etc. We cannot cover all of them in one article. Instead, we’ll focus on two basic steps that are crucial to hunting success.

Choosing a Hunting Rifle for Deer or Other Game Animals

There are so many types of rifles on the market that the task of picking a hunting rifle can be daunting. There are pump actions, lever actions, semi-automatics, and dozens more. Here are some factors to consider.

Type of hunt. The first thing to consider is what game you will be pursuing. Will you be targeting small animals like squirrels, or will you be hunting large animals like elk?

Type of cartridge. Determining what cartridge will work best with the game you are pursuing should precede your buying of rifle. Some cartridges will take small, quick-moving games better, while some are more suitable for slow games. Some also behave better from a short-range shot, while others are more reliable from a long-range shot.

Your comfort. You may be more comfortable with bolt action than lever action, a single shot than an automatic.

Improving Rifle Shooting Skills

Your aim is to take the target down right on the spot. You need to hit a vital organ (e.g. lungs, heart). If you just create a flesh wound, the game animal has a chance to run away. Here are some tips on how to increase your chances of hitting the target right.

Choose a quality scope. It should be able to give you a sharp and clear image, even in low light conditions. In fact, most game animals are spotted in the early evening or early morning, when light is low.

Practice trigger control. How you control the movement of the trigger will impact your shooting accuracy. Instead of applying pressure on the trigger in stages ( squeeze, stop, jerk), squeeze apply gradual yet constant pressure without stopping.

Don’t move. Once you have spotted the game you’re pursuing, carefully reach for your gun without moving a bush or twig. If you startle your target with a sound or movement, it will likely run, skip, or fly away.

A rifle hunter has a lot learn. The trick is to take things one at a time and just enjoy the game.

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In response to Bob's

Raja - Oct 05, 2013 03:35 AM EDT

In response to Bob's qoitusen, I responded with To begin, and speaking of discredited studies, I should point out that the two core studies supporting the idea that carrying concealed weapons reduces crime have problems of their own. The key work, by John Lott, depends on survey work he cannot produce and almost certainly fabricated. Another, a telephone survey purporting to show over two million defensive handgun uses has problems of its own??"specifically, the qoitusenable statistical practice of extrapolating only 19 reported brandishing incidents from over 2500 people surveyed to the larger population. The sample is simply too small, and the telephone methodology simply too problematic.In any event, several researchers have presented evidence that the presence of handguns increases homicide while having little effect on other crime. Mark Duggan’s NBER paper from 2000 stands out as a direct response to Lott, and does the Ayres and Donohue Stanford Law Review paper from 2003. Moody and Marvell, writing in the Southern Economic Journal, found that handguns have a negligible effect on crime. Cook and Ludwig, in a Sanford Institute of Public Policy paper on the social costs of gun ownership, showed a relationship between increased gun prevalence and increases in the number of homicides, with little reductive effect on other crime. And the latest work on the qoitusen, by Charles Branas and others published last November in the American Journal of Public Health found that “individuals in possession of a gun were 4.46 percent [Edit: 4.46 times] more likely to be shot in an assault than those not in possession” (95% confidence interval).Moreover, Franklin Zimring, has shown evidence that more stringent enforcement of gun control laws in New York City during the early nineties contributed to lower crime rates (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 88(1998) pages 1277-1323).This should answer the Where’s your evidence that CCW is dangerous or that it increases crime qoitusen, since it provides a general list of sources Mike claims to want, but apparently cannot be bothered to actually notice since I presented them before he asked the qoitusen. In response, I notice that you gentlemen together challenge only the Branas study, and that primarily by charging that an anti-gun group bought the result but without giving any proof to this rather serious accusation. Substantively, criticism relies not on analysis but on simply asking (a) Does it control for WHY a person is carrying a firearm? (Yes, it does) and (b) Whether or not they have a criminal background or are engaged in criminal behavior? (Yes, it does), which shows that Bob either didn't read it, doesn't understand it, or hasn't the training to challenge it. From Mr. Arrrr! we get the non-expert opinion that he finds the control group contrived, and the study is in any event a stinking turd. Now this is some serious analysis.So far I'm comfortable accepting the judgment of any readers who happen by about which of us has engaged reasoned discourse here.

 

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