As with real estate, shooting big game can be boiled down to three words: Location, location, location. Except in this case, we're talking about the location where the bullet or arrow should hit the animal. When it comes to shot placement, I've done well, and I've done poorly - and I've learned a lot over the years. Here's my take on shot placement and how to best ensure deer hunting success once you get the chance to take a shot.
Learn About Deer Hunting Shot Placement
If you're a deer hunter, or even if you just know deer hunters, you will hear about the rut. But what is it? What triggers it, when is the best time to hunt, and is it worth hunting outside of the rut? This concise article will help you learn about all of that and more.
Learn the Definition of the Rut
I read this book while deer hunting in 2012, and found it worthwhile. Even though I can be a stickler sometimes and the author's terminology is sometimes anything but precise, when I got to the end I wished it would have kept going - and that is one large measure of a book's worth. I found valuable insight on several subjects, and I recommend this book. Here's a small taste of the review:
"One of my favorite outtakes from the book is Shepard's observation that instead of 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people,' a more fitting quote would be 'Guns protect the people that people try to kill...'"
This was a chilling hunt, in several ways. Not only was it mighty cold in the woods that day, but the phone call I received while I was hunting offered no warmth or comfort, either. Then things got a little better, when a deer found its way into view and then into my cooler... not long after a man had died who'd wished me just that.
Read about this Dead Man's Deer
Removing a deer's insides isn't something that everyone enjoys, but it has to be done. I've never hated it, and most of the time I don't mind gutting an animal. Here's a short guide to field dressing a deer, with tips for dealing with trophy bucks and avoiding cutting into the guts, among other things. Happy hunting!
Learn how to field dress a deer.
When you've been hunting deer for decades, you learn stuff - and start to wonder about things. For instance, how in the world can so many hours pass without any deer showing up to be seen by you, when you're hunting in a good place? I'm not trying to answer that one, but I do have some insight on how to handle it when nothing happens on a hunt.
Buying something brand new is often a good idea... but sometimes, it involves loss of value and it can even mean more work for you... such as breaking in a rifle barrel, for example. Don't get me wrong, I love new guns - but as a rule, I'd rather buy a used one. You get to pay less for the gun, you usually don't have to break it in, you might get some nice accessories with it, and you won't worry so much about dinging it. This article should help you figure out if a used rifle is right for you.
Read some Used Rifle Buying Advice
By its very nature, hunting is personal... which means different hunters do it for different reasons, find different kinds of meaning in it, and receive fulfillment from it in varied ways. I put this article together using input from a number of different hunters - people like you, who aren't writers but just wanted to share the special meaning that hunting holds for them. Enjoy!
A visit to a special place can often bring back memories very vividly - and when that place is in the woods and the memories involve a hunter's first deer, they can be very powerful indeed.
"He looked down at the carbine in his hands, smiled wider, raised it to his face and planted a kiss on its walnut stock. He looked around him, soaking in the beauty of these woods and feeling the forest's pull on his heart and mind..."
Read about A Forest Memory
This story begins when I was just a young man who enjoyed sharing some hunting time with a nephew... it progresses through my early use of scoped rifles and earned experience with them, determining what kind(s) suited me best, and into my nephew's maturing as a hunter. Finally, it ends up with something wonderful that just happened a couple weeks ago, which made some wonderful and long-lasting memories for both of us. Enjoy.