unting is both an art and a science. When it comes to the latter aspect of the sport, having the right gear and equipment is essential. The gear that you use will make a big difference, both for newbie hunters and experienced pros. However, because hunting is also an art, it is important to have the right technique. Experience can trump good equipment almost every time.
When it comes to heading out for a serious hunting expedition, it is important to keep both aspects of the sport in mind. Take the time to select the right equipment but also make sure to practice at shooting and aiming properly, especially when you are planning to hunt at long ranges.
To help you prepare for both aspects for your next hunting trip, let’s look at some of the specific ways that you can improve your long-range hunting setup and technique.
Invest In A Scope, Or A Better Scope
Scopes are one of the best tools to use if you want to get better at shooting at long range. By dramatically improving your ability to line up a shot and to zoom in your view on your target, they will make your accuracy much better. However, some scopes are better than others. For serious long-range hunting, it is important to invest some time into researching which scope will work best with the rifle you have chosen. While the price may put you off, more expensive scopes tend to have greater customizability which will aid you in shooting at long distances.
If you want to be sure that it is not your equipment that is holding you back from becoming a better long-range shooter, then invest in a high-quality scope or upgrade to using one of higher quality.
Invest In A Tripod Or Bipod
Keeping your firearm stable while you are aiming is imperative if you are hunting or shooting at long ranges. Any small movement or shake from your hand will throw off your accuracy. This is even more pronounced at long ranges where a small movement can make a bullet fly far from its intended target.
Using a tripod or a bipod is a great way to steady your aim. By using the stability of the ground to steady your shot, you will be able to focus more on lining up a shot rather than controlling your body’s movement. As an added plus, these tools will take some of the weight off of lifting the rifle which will allow you to have more control over your targeting.
Shoot From A Comfortable Position
If you do not have the cash to invest in more components (like tripods or bipods) for your hunting trips, then making sure that you are shooting from a comfortable position is even more important. By getting into a position that you can comfortably hold for an indefinite period of time, you will be able to get relaxed and ease into a shot. Rather than struggling to maintain an awkward shooting position or stance, it is better to have full control of your body while you are aiming at a target. Lying down or crouching is ideal for reducing your body’s natural swaying. Just make sure that you are not compromising your aim by sitting or standing uncomfortably.
Practice Makes Perfect
All hunters need the right equipment to be effective when shooting at long distances. In this regard, things like scopes and tripods are great for supporting your hunting technique. But it is important to remember that they can only provide support. Practice makes perfect when it comes to long-range hunting. Make sure that your technique is good before you head out to the field.