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PHOTO COURTESY DOUG KOENIG

Doug Koenig hunts a lot, and
he's convinced his time as a
competitive shooter has given
him a significant edge while
hunting wild game.

Eight reasons why competitive shooting doesn't just give
people an edge on the range.
BY JOSH HONEYCUTT

T

ime stands still as crosshairs dance
atop the vitals of a white-tailed
deer. Breathing slows, and so do the
circular motions of the rifle. Circles tighten
and breathes shallow with each passing
millisecond, all while a creeping fingertip
flirts with the trigger. Finally, a surprise
break, and the roar commands the attention
of all within earshot. One clean shot. One
quick kill. Decades of practice.

PHOTO BY JOSH HONEYCUTT

Two Gurus and a Hobby
Few gun experts know more about competitive shooting than Doug Koenig and Bruce
Piatt. They also know their way around wild
game. If their crosshairs or sights meet a target or warm body, it generally dies.
" I've been shooting since I was a kid, " Piatt
says. " I started competitively in the early
1980s, mainly up and down the East Coast.
I started traveling the entire country. If it
goes bang, I've shot and competed in it. I've

won the Bianchi Cup six times, including in
2020, among other titles. "
He also served as a full-time police officer
from 1986 to 2018. Now retired from that,
he has more time to spend competing and
hunting, too.
Koenig has been a competitive shooter
for 33 years, and professionally since 1990.
He's won more than 80 national or world
championships, in all disciplines.
" I started out as a hunter, " he says. " I still hunt.
That's a big part of myTV show-'Championship
Season'-on Pursuit Channel. We do half competitive shooting and half hunting. "
The competition world has taken both
men around the world, such as Australia,
Germany and New Zealand. But they both
love hunting, and each of them truly believes
being a competitive shooter gives them
an edge against wild game. Here are eight
reasons why.

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