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onehorse 07-05-2012 06:49 PM

Take a Rest
One thing that gets very little (no) discussion here is the value of taking a good rest when shooting at deer. One of the things I do while moving is try to pick the next good rest that will be at hand if a deer pops up when I get to that next spot. Even in dense areas, this is not a bad idea. It forces you to think ahead and to look. In open areas, it's even more valuable because you may really need that additional steady platform for a long shot. Over the years, I have used rocks, tree limbs, tree trunks, barbed wire fences (the posts and even the wire), sage brush, just about anything that might add even just a little stability to my hold. If I know I will most likely get a long shot (like while hunting pronghorns), I attach a bipod to my rifle. At other times, I carry home-made three-legged shooting sticks. This is almost as good as shooting from sand bags on a bench. It also gives a lot of confidence before and after the shot.

tomlightfield 07-05-2012 07:12 PM

Sound advice OneHorse, although I don't carry a stick, when I slip around in the small patches of woods where I hunt I always make sure that the next few steps I take will put me next to a tree for the reasons you cited.

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