Hunting requires the shooter to be alert and fast. Otherwise, the target can immediately escape with no chance of appearing again. Alertness can be achieved not only by having a good physique and healthy body, but also applying certain techniques and using tools that help in better aiming when hunting. Below are a few of the proven and tested tips.
#1 Carry the Correct Gun
Always carry 3 or 5 different types of air guns with you. Don’t just settle with your most favorite because you really don’t know what you’re going come across in the forest except if you are up for a certain target. But if not, then make sure to bring all the necessities to shoot animals of varying sizes in different distances.
#2 Bring Different Types of Pellet
If you and your friends plan to go hunting and compete as to whoever shoots the most number of mammals and birds you see along the way, it is always best to bring different pellets. Remember to bring a wad cutter pellet for shorter range shoots while for longer range aims carry the pointed tip pellet. For new hunters, it is highly recommended to use the pellet test pack to gain a better gauge as to what each pellet is capable of.
#3 Use a Hunting Gun Rest
Whether you will be using air rifles or those powered by spring piston, don’t just rest your barrel anywhere when hunting, especially on hard surfaces. Otherwise, when you shoot, you will feel a bit of recoil afterwards. And if this happens, you will definitely miss your game or hunt, which can be very frustrating. You think you’re aiming at the right point but then you don’t. To avoid untoward movements of your gun barrel, make sure to buy a good rest.
#4 Hold Your Breath When Shooting
Believe it or not, but this technique can make or break the potential of your shot especially when the mammal or bird is near you. Although this is easy to do and be learned in a few days of practice, some hunters fail to execute when they are in the moment. To improve your aim, always use this technique whether the game is near or yards away. You just simply breathe long and hold it before you shoot. Then exhale deep after. This will ensure that the barrel stays wherever it should be.
#5 Do the So-Called Artillery Hold
This technique is particularly helpful if you will use a spring-piston powered hunting gun, which new hunters can definitely try. As you know, when this air rifle is fired, the pellet only goes out as the spring pushes the piston. This in turn creates vibrations, which is known to cause recoil. When this happens, the target point is changed from the original.
Aside from the above techniques, choose a great scope. Aiming has never been easy by using a reflex sight or rifle scope. Both of your eyes are open as you aim, while strategically placing the red dot on the game. Once you feel comfortable with the position of the red dot, you can then fire. Reflex sights allow the hunter or shooter to have a complete view of the hunt and the periphery.