By Glen Wunderlich
USS – Michigan’s firearms deer season begins in less than one week and many hunters will be sighting in their favorite deer guns from now until then.
Assuming hunters have or will have achieved acceptable results at the range and all manner of paraphernalia has been readied for the big day, each hunter must decide in advance what would constitute an acceptable animal.
Unlike target practice, however, inherent variables in the field can complicate matters. Are you really ready for the shot?
Here are a few thoughts before the trigger is pulled.
To begin, I must confess that I do not care to use the term “harvest”, when speaking of game animals. If we are talking corn or beans, then fine. If you are offended by the word “kill” relative to hunting, it’s time for a reality check. Hunters kill; farmers harvest.
By studying the aspects of an ethical kill shot, hunters can think ahead to scenarios that will accomplish the goal consistently. If you are after meat exclusively, then a shot at the pie-plate sized vitals of heart and lungs will maximize meat in the freezer. …Read the Rest