Learn Your Weapon's Safety Features
Learning Your Weapon's Safety Features
Whether you shoot a gun or a bow, learning your weapon's unique
shooting procedures and shooting characteristics will improve you
odds significantly. Also familiarize yourself with the gun
or bow's safety features to ensure your safety while hunting.
If you shoot a rifle, do some homework on what trajectory different
types of bullet weights and powder grains will provide for your
bullets trajectory path.
My favorite rifle for both deer and elk is a .270. The bullets
come in several bullet weights and power grain configurations. Buy
a box of three different bullets. Go to the local gun range and
figure out which bullet class seems to be the most accurate at different
ranges of 100 yards, 200 yards, 300 yards, etc.
The same is even truer for archery. I personally prefer archery
season because it gets you in the woods first, teaches you to actually
hunt because you need to be within 30-50 yards of the animal and will
literally make your heart beat so fast you'll think it will pop.
My favorite bow is a 60-70 lbs. bow, set at about 65 lbs. It delivers
more than enough speed to stick a carbon broadhead arrow half way into
an deer or elk. The purpose is not to shoot an arrow all the way through
I buy a dozen arrows at the beginning of each season. I setup a hay
bale target and start the process of figuring out which arrows hit the
mark and which ones do not. I shoot the arrows in groups of 6. I take
the best 3 arrows and the worst 3 arrows and put them in two piles.
Once I know which group of 6 arrows is hitting inside the bull's-eye
every time. I put a #1 on the fletching with an ink pin for the arrow
that hits the bull's-eye every time. The 2nd most accurate arrow gets a
#2 and so on, until all of the arrows have been numbered.
In the field, I would not use a #1 arrow to try to make a 60 yard shot.
I might not even try the shot at all, but if I did I would use my #5 or #6
arrow because I know if I miss, I won't ding up my best arrow.
The same is true for bullets. Know which one will work best for the yardage
you are trying to shoot.