Today’s blog comes from one of our country’s most recognized wildlife biologists/outdoor writers/television show host of Trailing the Hunter’s Moon , Larry Weishuhn. Although universally known as “Mr. Whitetail”, Larry trails the “Hunter’s Moon” throughout the world in search of big game hunting adventures. Tune in for this weeks episode of Trailing the Hunter’s Moon Monday at 3:00 PM ET, Tuesday at 6:30 PM ET, Fridays at 6:30 PM ET and Saturdays at 9:30 AM ET.
I’ll admit, I dearly love hunting with firearms, especially Ruger rifles and revolvers. To me the finest aroma or perfume in the world is freshly burned gun powder from a Hornady round shot at a big game animal! There is nothing that compares! I offer no excuses about my feelings.
Long a gun/hunting writer, including past staff stints with “Shooting Times”, “Petersen’s Hunting” and others I’ve had the opportunity to spend a whole lot of time afield with firearms. And I’ve learned much, and continue learning. My education with firearms started when I was essentially still in diapers, when my dad or maternal granddad carried me in a make-shift back pack my granddad hunted squirrel and when my dad followed his ‘coon hounds. I learned early to treat every firearm as if it was loaded, and was taught if someone handed you a firearm, the first thing you did was check the action to make certain it was not loaded and that the barrel was always pointed in a safe direction, even if I knew the gun was not loaded! I also was taught to reload and get back on target as soon the first shot was fired regardless of whether the animal was still standing or went down. I was taught the time to admire my shot was when eviscerating the animal and evaluating shot placement and bullet performance. The latter is still a pet peeve. Too often I see a hunter shoot at an animal then admire his or her shot, when they should be quickly reloading, getting back on target and shooting again if the animal is still standing or moving. Better to feed your family dog an extra pound of blood-shot venison than to lose the entire animal.
I try to spend as much time as I can throughout the year shooting the guns I hunt with, not only for a rock solid rest (which is how I want to shoot to confirm gun and load accuracy) but also from “in-the-field” positions.
I don’t go hunting without carrying my BOG Gear shooting sticks. That way I always have a solid rest, regardless of the terrain or vegetation I’m hunting in. Once I have confirmed my repeated point of impact at 100 yards from a bench shooting position, I start shooting from “the sticks”. In doing so I want to learn the gun’s capabilities in terms of accuracy at distances near to far and I also want to learn my capabilities with it in real world shooting positions!
There’s no better time than right now to get out and shoot!
Larry Weishuhn is one of the world’s most recognized wildlife biologist/hunter/writer/TV show host. His show “DSC’s Trailing the Hunter’s Moon” exclusively appears on The Sportsman Channel.