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FEATURE | HUNTING

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LEARNING EQUIPMENT

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Like with any discipline, a solid
foundation rooted in good
mechanics is critical for consistent success.
Koenig says people commonly get in their
own way of establishing these building
blocks. He implores men and women alike to
leave the egos at the door.
" They feel like they're automatically
supposed to be a great hunter, shoot well
and kill stuff, " Koenig says. " You still have to
learn the basic skillsets. You have to train. "

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CONDUCTING REPS

Good shooting form and muscle
memory are one and the same, but
their relationship is parallel to two knuckleheaded dudes at the gym. They don't mesh at
first, but once they do, best friends for life.

PHOTO COURTESY DOUG KOENIG

Hunters who don't understand
their tools are begging for disaster.
Guns and bows alike are mechanical, and
knowing how to recognize, diagnose and fix
a problem is important, especially during
a hunt. That means something to Piatt,
and he even teaches the importance of
understanding firearm mechanics.
" I've taken tips and tricks from every
gunsmith I could listen to, and incorporated it
into one big lesson, " Piatt says. " We do a fiveday class. At the end of it, you're shooting the
gun you made with your own two hands.
" Know your equipment, " Piatt continues.
" Take your hunting gun to a sporting-clays
course and practice with it. Even, competing
with your hunting gun will make you more
effective with it as a hunter. "

MASTERING MECHANICS

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