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Practice uphill and downhill corrections.

I don’t want to get too into posting other people’s articles.  But every now and then I run across an article that is just too good to pass up.

10 Ways To Stronger Rifle Field Shooting Positions is full of information and great advice.  Well worth the read.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

10 Ways To Stronger Rifle Field Shooting Positions

By Shawn Carlock

After having spent years in the hunting fields, rifle competitions, and training arenas, I have noted that a high number of missed “field” shots in these conditions were the result of unstable or flat out poor shooting positions. Now, in the areas of hunting, rifle competition, and training, your field shooting position will often be far from ideal. However, there are things you can do to raise your first round hit percentage by improving your shooting position.

1. Get your rifle as close to the ground as possible. The higher your body and your rifle are up in the air, the less stable you typically are. Not all field positions allow you to be right on the dirt, but be there whenever you can. Even if you do not use a bipod on your rifle, simply being prone and unsupported is a better position than sitting, kneeling, or leaning against a tree. The closer you and your rifle are to the dirt, the more stable you will be. Now, getting low may not always be possible, so be prepared for other unique field shooting positions, but try to stay low whenever possible.

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shooting 01When it comes to learning, games and interactive media are wonderful!  Computers and the internet have made learning many new things fun rather than grueling.  Hunting education and safety are now easier than ever as well as fun!

When hunting, we tend to get excited when we have an animal in our sights.  But just because they’re in your sights doesn’t mean you should pull the trigger.  When IS the correct time to pull the trigger?  What is a good angle and what is a bad angle?  If you pull the trigger, is the animal going to fall down dead because it was a good shot, or is it going to run away hurt?

The interactive game, Shoot or Don’t Shoot, is a good way to learn if you should shoot or not shoot a deer depending on the angle it is at or what is between you and the deer.  Brought to you buy the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, this is a wonderful interactive learning exercise that is very educational and useable.

Shoot or Don’t Shoot

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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Treestand Safety Course at HunterCourse.com

Every hunter should be thoroughly trained in hunting safety.  But hunting from a treestand has its own set of safety procedures that go with it and if you are hunting from a stand, you’re definitely going to want to know them and have them down cold.

HunterCourse.com has a wonderful, free, online treestand safety course.  If you ever hunt from a treestand, take the time and do this course.  They could not have made it any more convenient and easy.  It’s free.  It’s online.  And you can do it at your convenience.

FREE Treestand Safety Course

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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MC900439610Sometimes sighting in your rifle can be confusing.  I personally don’t tend to turn the dials the wrong way, but I’ve seen others do it more times than I can count.  I’ve also seen them turn the wrong dial.

Well who knew that this was even possible… but now you can practice sighting in your rifle online!  HunterCourse.com has a great interactive rifle range.

1. You can choose from 3 different ranges: shotgun range, rifle range and archery range.

2. You can choose from 4 different target types.

3. There are 3 sight options; open, peep and telescope.

4. You can change your shooting position to either standing, sitting, kneeling, prone or bench rest.

This fun interactive range takes your through all of the steps to get your rifle sighted perfectly.  It’s fun and educational!

HunterCourse.com Interactive Rifle Range!

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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One prize will be given away every month for a year

and one LUCKY Grand Prize Winner will walk away with them all!

  • HuntVe Utility Vehicle – GRAND Prize!
  • Burnham Brothers Compucaller III
  • Bradley Smoker – 4 Rack
  • Browning X Bolt Medallion .270 rifle
  • Nikon Monarch 2.5-10X42 BDC Riflescope
  • Barnes VorTex Ammo – 1 Case
  • TenPoint  – Turbo XLT Crossbow
  • Easton – 3 packs of Full Metal Jacket Arrows
  • GlenDel Full Rut Buck – Archery Target
  • Kershaw ZT – Ranger Green Folder, SpeedSafe®, Partial Serration
  • All Seasons Road Feeder – Hercules 50 LB
  • Danner Boots – Santiam – 400G All Leather Hunting Boots
  • Russell Outdoors – Mossy Oak Suit

ENTER HERE!

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

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In celebration of reaching 500,000 supporters on our Facebook page, one lucky winner will receive a gift certificate worth $500 to use on the ammo of their choice!

But you cannot win the ammo certificate unless you sign up below.

We’ll contact you through email on Tuesday, December 11, if you are selected as the winner!

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The Savage 11 Lady Hunter Rifle

When I go deer hunting, I use a Remington Model 700 .243.  I love that gun.  But for elk hunting, a .243 wasn’t going to work.  I needed something bigger.

I asked several hunters and gun enthusiasts for their advice on what gun I should get for elk hunting. Here’s the deal – My .243 is the first gun that I actually hit things with.  Why?  Because I’m not afraid of it.  It doesn’t intimidate me, and more importantly, it doesn’t kick me.  I like that.  Those are two of the most important things for me when it comes to a rifle because a gun that kicks me and makes me flinch vs. a gun that doesn’t is the difference in an accurate shot or an inaccurate shot.  So intimidation and kick were huge factors for me.

Even though I was told about several different guns, a consistent one that was recommended was a .308.  “And it’s a great all-around rifle,” is what I heard over and over again.  I looked at .308s and finally came across the Savage 11 Lady Hunter .308.  I am only 5’4″ and my husband immediately noticed that this gun actually fit me.  I could balance it better than the other guns I was holding.

The Lady Hunter .308 weighs just 6lbs.  It’s overall length is 39.5 inches with the barrel being 20″.  This gun is not just a standard stock made shorter for women.  The engineers at Savage consulted several serious women hunters and put a lot of thought into the design of this rifle.  From stock design, grip girth and placement, to length and weight… the Lady Hunter is actually designed to fit the unique characteristics of a woman’s body.

I added a recoil pad to the end of my rifle to help with the kick.  I will admit that it did take a little practice and getting used to before I was shooting it without flinching.  But it was absolutely doable and didn’t take very long at all.  Within a week I was shooting it pretty accurately without flinch and was consistently hitting a paper plate at 300 yards.

As for elk hunting, I got the chance to use my new Lady Hunter on a 5 by 6 bull.  I shot him in the shoulder and double-lunged him.  He stood there for about 3 seconds and then fell over.  So I would say that my Lady Hunter .308 worked out great for me!  It’s a great gun and a really nice choice if you’re looking for something that’s accurate, fits your body, that’s not too intimidating and doesn’t kick you too much.

Happy Hunting!

– Marci

 

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