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.

If you are depressed because you missed that big buck, maybe its because you did not practice right. Click the image to order your REAL deer targets.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Practice

  1. JP 5.56 says:

    You make a great point in this post. It is something I have actually always wondered about. I can understand using the circle or square targets for getting your rifle zero’d in, but after that – it makes much more sense to me to practice shooting at something that is the same shape as what you will be hunting.

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