There’s two things I love doing when out in the wild – shooting and hunting. Downing all forms of game gives me the thrills, fills my pocket, and my belly too!
With so much experience hunting all kinds of animals, I can’t let all I’ve learned go to waste.
That’s why I’ve decided to put this tip article together. With it, you could get more from your hunts. All you need to do is leverage info here the right way. And you’re good to go!
Shooting & Hunting Tips
Some newbies may find bird hunting frustrating and abandon it altogether.
But with a second look, it’s evident most beginner hunters don’t leverage the leading swing shot.
When you’ve got a bird flying at a lateral direction towards you, leading is the only way to get them.
Since the bird’s in motion, it’s only logical for your shot to ‘move’ too. Swing your gun to a leading position, just in front of the bird’s head. When you’re sure your muzzle’s ahead of your target, squeeze your trigger.
And here’s the interesting part – after shooting, keep swinging your rifle. Most pro hunters call this a stroke shot. With this move, you can get the bird at its abdominal area, even when it’s in flight.
The only time when leading may not work is if these birds are heading towards your direction. Any clean straight shot may do the trick, but remember to keep your aim solid for a stronger hit.
How many meters?
Taking shots when it’s not time yet leads to two things – an empty bag and a punctured ego.
And that’s just the tip of it, some hunters don’t know correct ranges to take their shot. If you’re shooting with a shotgun, know your firearm’s range is better within 30m – 40m
The best way to get a better shot is to practice till you can’t no more. Get your shotgun and practice straight shots first before aerial targets at a safe location. You don’t want anyone hurt by aerial shots, do you?
Where and how should I hunt/shoot?
If you’re focused on game birds, most don’t leave spots where there’s water. Make it your habit to scout streams, ponds, drains, and other locations you’re likely to find birds.
And you can also find several game in bushy areas where there’s little to no human activity. If you’re keen on much bigger game, say hogs, consider denser territory with lots of greenery, ponds, and open spaces.
After finding the right spot, what’s left is for shooting to start. It’s better to reduce your activity after sighting several game animals. Sudden movements could scare off your potential kills, leaving you red-faced.
Subtle moves makes it easier to squeeze one or two kill shots without much stress.
Time of Day and Weather
When it’s night or dawn, your chances of getting better kills could be higher if everything else checks out.
And contrary to what you believe, rough weather is actually great for hunting.
Floods bring out hogs and other animals from their habitat, and game birds can’t settle in waterlogged areas. Leverage the bad weather to your full advantage, and get your hunting bag filled with today’s kills.
Great hunting and shooting are direct results of hard work and assimilating more knowledge. With the tips in this piece, getting better hunts becomes less hassling. And you’re sure to be a better shot when it’s hunting season again.