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Enhance Your Killer Instinct
ne of the biggest mistakes I've seen in hunting camps
is made by inexperienced hunters (or hunters too
long out of the game) who come in with that long
face: Many simply don't know (or have forgotten)
how to effectively kill a living, moving target. This means being
mentally ready to kill fast and ethically. I've also seen this happen to shooters who spend most of their time shooting from a
bench. They are marksmen, but killing game in the field is a different kind of shooting.
What they all need to do is leave the traditional range and
shoot in more hunting-realistic scenarios. Sports like 3-gun
and cowboy action shooting make you move as you shoot
under pressure-that helps. Actually, the only limit to what
you can do to get yourself ready is your imagination, but there
are three basic steps to take.

Leave the Bench
My club's pistol/.22 rifle range has many types of spinners and
other steel targets. When the range is quiet on weekdays I can
often walk down the course and shoot. That helps, but it is not
enough. To prepare for a hunt you need to shoot like you will in
the field. This might mean shooting off sticks, off your treestand's
rest or off-hand. If you're practicing for big-game hunting, start
with a .22 rifle that has the same type of action and, if possible, is
made by the same manufacturer as your big-game rifle.
Set up Realistic Targets
Position targets (I like pairs of targets) at a variety of locations,
presenting level, uphill and downhill shots at various distances
that resemble what you might encounter when hunting. I use
soda bottles of several sizes and milk jugs filled with water. This
way I see the hits. You can also place Birchwood Casey ShootN-C or Champion VisiColor targets on cardboard boxes, or use
steel targets. Set up targets so they force you to shoot from different positions. Learn to use a shooting sling, such as the Brownells
Quick-Set Latigo Sling, for support. If you're shooting in open
country, force yourself to deal with bullet drop and wind drift.
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Pretend You Are Hunting
Hunt the targets. Crawl up on them. Use your pack or shooting
sticks for a rest. Get on the targets and "kill" them as fast as you
safely can. By using a .22 rifle or pistol, you can shoot and shoot.
Switch to your big-game gun before the season to be sure you're
comfortable handling it. As you go through these steps you'll
become faster and better. You will be ready for opportunities
like a buck moving through cover in the rut or a coyote that
suddenly appears.
Finally, if you can, take your .22 LR on an early-season squirrel hunt. Those little critters force you to adjust to a small target
at various angles and distances. They are always either moving
or about to scurry away.

Shake a Stick at Spring Squirrels
By Jon Draper, Associate Editor
Want to bring squirrels out of hiding this
spring? Here's a killer tactic for the early seasons in many states.
All of that bushytail love that was going
on in January and February has resulted in
young squirrels venturing from the nest. And just like most
animals, parental instincts for squirrels are innate. Exploit those
instincts by simulating an attack on the young from an owl or
hawk. The result: Every momma and papa squirrel in the vicinity will come out of hiding to shake their tails and bark at the
attacker. In doing so, they provide you with a short window to
fill your strap-if you're quick enough on the trigger.
STEP 1: Cut and carry with you a leafy branch that you can easily control with one hand.
STEP 2: Shake that branch and rake it amongst nearby greenery to cause a ruckus then hit a squirrel-in-distress call. Kick
the leaf litter and add some dying squeaks to send the message home.
STEP 3: Keep your eyes high and be ready for quick shots;
you may get only a few seconds to pull the trigger.

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