Everyone who hunts with a bow, shotgun, rifle, or handgun knows that proficiency is essential. You need to know your weapon inside and out, including proper loading, unloading, firing, and safety procedures.
You also need to be skilled in accurate shooting, which will not only help you harvest more game, it will ensure you make quick, clean, and humane hits. A perfect shot is essential for avoiding crippling wounds. An accurate hunter is a responsible hunter.
Rifle hunting, where shots can come over hundreds of yards, requires a significant amount or practice. So you head to the range and sit down at a shooting table. Stop right there.
In the woods, fields, and wetlands, you don’t have a comfortable shooting table with an adjustable seat and a steady place to rest your barrel, so why would you practice this way?
Instead, step away from the table and master the basic rifle shooting positions. You’ll be a much more effective hunter, and you’ll also find that target shooting is more challenging, interesting, and rewarding.
This is the most accurate and easiest position to master, and although you’ll probably have fewer chances to use this position, it should be one of the positions that you can use comfortably and effectively. Simply put, you will lay belly-down behind the rifle, with your weak-side elbow (for right-handers, your left elbow) on the ground, supporting the front of the gun. Your body will be at a slight angle towards your weak side. You can also include your pack, giving you a steady place to rest the front of your front rifle.
Cross-Legged or Sitting Low
All too often, vegetation gets in the way, making the low profile of a prone position ineffective. The next option is the sitting position, where you have your butt on the ground and your legs crossed. You need to be fairly flexible to master sitting, and you should practice it often so you can get into position without thinking. After you’ve crossed your legs, place your elbows on your knees for support and lean slightly forward.
It’s not as steady as sitting or laying down, but it’s quicker to achieve and provides much more accuracy than standing. Your weak-side knee should go forward, towards the target. Drop your weak-side elbow to the knee and use it to support the front of the rifle. Your strong side will have the knee to the ground with your trigger arm firmly pulling the butt to your shoulder.
This is the most challenging of all shooting positions, so it takes practice and repetition to be accurate. Put the butt of the gun securely to your shoulder and keep your arms down with your elbows at about a 45-degree angle. Twist both hands downward slightly, as if you were twisting out a towel. This will help you to control the recoil when the rifle is fired. Stand nearly square to your target, with a slight angle towards your strong side. Your knees should be slightly bent, and you should lean forward, into the rifle so you maintain balance after the shot.
It should be noted that standing is the least steady and consistent. Therefore, it should be avoided, especially for inexperienced shooters or long-distance shots. Whenever possible, seek a lower stance. When it’s just you and the rifle, the lower you get, the more accurate the shot.
These shooting positions take comfortable, flexible apparel, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from NOMAD. You can find layered hunting apparel that is noise and scent resistant, making you a more effective hunter all season long.
Alaska is arguably the best place in the world for a NOMAD to hunt. You can pursue everything from waterfowl to grizzlies and Dall sheep within the state’s borders. The scenery and challenge of the terrain is simply unmatched. But many ignore one of the most intriguing targets lurking out in the rugged Alaskan wilderness: the Kodiak mountain goat. Denizens of some of the most inhospitable terrain in the state, these large goats are worthy and challenging quarry for your next trip. Here’s everything you need to know about Kodiak mountain goat hunting in Alaska.
There’s nothing wrong with hunting rabbits, squirrels and other small game. But few hunters drift off to sleep at night dreaming of these critters. It’s big game that quickens the pulse and inspires the imagination. And you can’t talk about big game without mentioning moose. Standing nearly 7 feet high at the shoulder and weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, moose are one of the largest animals pursued by hunters anywhere. And moose hunting in Alaska adds all of the challenges that make for a dream trip. To give you the edge, here are some essential moose hunting Alaska tips and gear.
Although it can take a lifetime to master, bowhunting can be extremely rewarding. You’ll be surprised how quickly the bow will begin to feel like an extension of your body. Even if you use the most sophisticated compound bow available, you’ll still feel a primal connection with the hunters who came before you. After all, NOMADs have been feeding their families with bows for far longer than with high-powered rifles and commercially produced tree stands. Feeling the urge and ready to learn to bow hunt? Use this comprehensive guide to bowhunting for beginners.