What is it with rifle hunters that makes them think they only need to shoot from the bench or at geometrically perfect targets? I think this continual shooting of circles and squares leads to a lot of center punched – I’m talking about gut shot deer – and misses. Why? When you shoot at circles and squares you are training to quarter the target with the reticle; essentially you shoot center mass. It also does nothing to prepare you to shoot at a real deer. When you line your sights up on a real deer you need to see something familiar that will key your brain to tell your finger to pull the trigger.
Bowhunters use real looking targets and so do cops and soldiers. It’s about time rifle hunters caught up with the times and started training like they intend to hunt. I started my son out at six years old on deer targets and guess what? He is 10 now, has taken three deer and not missed one yet.