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Avoid the 5 Cardinal Sins of Deer Hunting

By | The Hunt

Avoid the 5 Cardinal Sins of Deer Hunting

Deer are notorious for slipping by virtually unnoticed. A few seconds of distraction can allow a deer enough time to cross one of your shooting lanes without ever being seen. Increase your chances of spotting your quarry by avoiding the five cardinal sins of deer hunting.

 

Stay off of the internet

Surfing the web can provide hours of entertainment and useful information. But these types of activities will only draw your focus away from the task at hand: the hunt. Shunning the internet will also keep you away from the social media temptation. After hours of hunting, it can be enticing to entertain yourself by going online to see if your buddies have gotten any deer today. But what was intended to be a quick check of social media could easily turn into hours of scrolling through pictures and posts. The time you spend looking at photographs of your neighbor’s deer could result in missed harvesting opportunities for you. After all, if you’re gazing into your phone, you’re not properly observing your shooting lanes.

 

Don’t text and hunt

Save the texting until your time in the woods is over. Although it only takes a few seconds to hammer out a text, it also only takes a few seconds for a deer to pass by your stand unnoticed. After spending all day hunting, it would be a waste to miss a harvesting opportunity because of a text message.

 

Leave the books at home

Reading a book is a relaxing leisure activity, but it’s not a productive way to spend your time while hunting. If you bring a book to the woods, isn’t that a subtle way of telling yourself that you aren’t expecting to harvest a deer? Leave the books on the shelf at home and enjoy them after your hunt is done.

 

Cut the noise

If you share a stand with a buddy, a little whispering might be necessary. For instance, if you spot a deer, you should definitely tell your friend. But, talking at easily audible volumes about yesterday’s football game might be a bit much. And snacking on foods that are packaged in noisy bags can spook a deer before you ever get the chance to lay eyes on it. Keeping noise levels down will increase your chances to see some activity in your lanes.

 

Quit squirming

Movement in the stand attracts attention from wildlife. If you are moving around in your stand, a deer is likely to see you before you ever get an opportunity to see him. If he sees something he doesn’t feel comfortable with, he will stay within the cover of the woods and avoid stepping out into your shooting lanes. By being still, you can increase your chances of spotting deer.

 

Although these cardinal sins are tempting to most hunters, a serious hunter will avoid them and keep his focus on bagging a deer. Avoid the internet altogether, don’t text message your sweetheart, leave your reading materials at the house, maintain silence in the deer stand and sit still. If you are willing to make these minor sacrifices, you might find yourself more thoroughly enjoying the hunt.

 

Being Safe in the Woods

By | The Hunt

Being Safe in the Woods

Hunting is an enjoyable pastime for many individuals. However, hunting is more than just a sport. It is an art which requires attentiveness, caution and skill. In order to ensure a safe experience, hunters need to abide by certain rules. Consider the guidelines below to guarantee a beneficial hunting experience.

  1. Be visible. This can be accomplished by wearing bright orange, a color which is commonly worn by all hunters so as to stand out in the woods and to prevent being mistaken for an animal. Wearing an orange cap or an orange jacket is ideal. Above all, avoid wearing the color white during hunting season. A speck of white can be confused with the glimmer of a deer’s tail vanishing in the woods. Deer do not have red-sensitive cone cells in their eyes, and they are therefore unable to decipher red or orange from green and brown. 
  2. Since hunters generally know where the hunting trails are located, be sure to adhere to the established trails and to avoid veering off-course.
  3. When hunting, search for habitats that are unpopular among hunters. Instead, look for solitary areas with great views that are ideal for hiking. To find out where these are, consult your local sporting goods store or the state Fish and Game Department.
  4. Practice safe ammunition habits. Always assume that every gun is loaded. Control the muzzle and point your gun in a safe direction. Be sure keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire. Be aware of your target and what lies beyond it. Never fire a gun until you are absolutely certain of your target.

Hunting may be an enjoyable sport. However, in order to make the most out of the experience, one needs to be prepared and play by the rules. With a bit of caution, hunting can be an enjoyable recreational sport that benefits both the hunter and the environment surrounding him.

Buying Your First Gun

By | The Hunt

Buying Your First Gun

Should you buy a handgun, shotgun, or a rifle, and what kind of caliber should you purchase? Each one of these guns differs in size, type of barrel, and ammunition that is used.

The main similarity between these three weapons is that they all fire bullets. However, each weapon has its own exclusive features that separate it apart from the other.

Handgun

There are many different handgun manufacturers on the market; however, there are only two basic types of handguns available. The first type, and the oldest, is known as a revolver. This weapon has a rotating cylinder that holds the ammunition.

When you pull the trigger, the cylinder rotates and the bullet fires through the chamber of the gun. Revolvers usually hold five or six rounds.

The other type of handgun is referred to as the pistol. This weapon is semi-automatic and holds the ammunition inside an eternal magazine.

When you pull the trigger, the bullet automatically fires through the chamber. After the cartridge is released, another round is immediately loaded in the chamber.

Shotgun 

Shotguns are versatile long guns because they can fire different types of shells. The bird shot shell is made up of small BB-like metal spheres, which are packed with padding and powder inside the shell. As the name implies, this size shell is often used to hunt for birds. There are different size birdshot shells available on the market. Its size is designated by a number, normally eight to one, and the smaller the number, the larger the shot.

The larger size shotgun shell is known as buckshot. This shell has larger sized pellets than birdshot. Buckshot is usually intended for bigger game, such as deer.  It’s size is designated in the same manner as a birdshot round, except that when shot sizes get larger than number one, it switches to single ought, double ought, and triple ought.

Shotguns can also fire slugs, which are basically just a large lead bullet. Slugs are single projectiles that are generally used for big game that is beyond the range of buckshot. Slugs essentially turn your shotgun into a rifle. While buckshot has an effective range of approximately 25-30 yards, slugs can be accurate at a range of about 100 to 200 yards.

The gauge of a shotgun is the measurement of the barrel and refers to the size of the shell that will fit through the barrel. Shotguns usually come in the following gauges: 10, 12,16,20,28, and 410. One of the most often used gauges is the 12 gauge shotgun. However, the 20 gauge shotgun is frequently used for home defense because it’s smaller, but still has plenty of stopping power.  Compared to handguns, shotguns are generally much more powerful.

Rifle

The rifle is primarily known for its long range capabilities and is designed to be fired from the shoulder. Rifles can be bolt action, where the gun’s bolt is operated manually by opening and closing a lever on the barrel.

Rifles can also be manufactured as semi or fully automatic weapons. A semi automatic rifle is similar to a semi automatic pistol in that each time the trigger is pulled, it will fire a round.  A fully automatic rifle will fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull.

Rifles also come in a variety of calibers. The most inexpensive and basic model is the 22 caliber rifle. This firearm has very little recoil and is easy to shoot. One of the largest calibers available is the 50 caliber rifle. This rifle is accurate at long distances and has very effective stopping power. For these reasons, it is regularly favored by military snipers.

Bottom Line

Whether you buy a handgun, shotgun, or a rifle is a matter of personal choice. It also depends on what you will be using the firearm for. You don’t want to buy a handgun if you intend on hunting big game. Alternately, if you plan on just using a gun for target practice, you probably don’t want to purchase a large caliber rifle.

 

 

 

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