Training is a necessity and an ethical responsibility for hunters. However, many hunters occasionally visit the shooting range without much focused training once they get there. Aimpoint instructors effectively train hunters and shooters to increase target acquisition speed and accuracy for realistic scenarios.
On a driven hunt when the opportunity comes to take a shot there is a lot of information that needs to be processed before squeezing the trigger. Is the game appropriate to target, where are the dogs, can a safe shot be taken, how long is the distance, are the shooting angles acceptable.
All this, knowing the risks involved with taking a bad shot. To start thinking about where to place your feet, proper cheek weld on the stock, and how to fire the gun in this situation is a bit too late.
The training instructors of Aimpoint are experienced hunters. They know the importance of practicing a routine that you can apply in the field and save time in a hunting situation. With a simple and rehearsed shooting technique, the hunter gains more time to evaluate the situation, choose the right moment, and always act safely.
What is a good hit?
Hunters often aim at hitting “bullseye”, no matter what the target looks like. This often leads to a time-consuming fine adjustment when using an aiming device, often not beneficial to the end result, especially in types of hunting where the opportunity to shoot appears suddenly and then goes away. If the aiming device points correctly from the start, the shot can be taken when there is still time.
A good hit is a kill shot without any unnecessary damage to the meat, a hit in the central part of the vital area (kill zone). Whether the hit is exactly in the middle of this area or not is not important. The main thing is that the shot is made in the hit area each time. Ethics is important for all hunters.
A consistent cheek weld technique is a starting point
Whether you are learning how to hit a golf ball, fly-fishing or firing a gun, a big part of the secret is using your body consistently the same way so the movement comes naturally every time.
Aimpoint instructors often tell the participants to start off from their natural foot position, close their eyes and lift the gun up to the cheek. The aiming reticle should then move straight upwards. If not, the body is twisted compared to the foot position and you need to try again. The hand that pulls the trigger should provide the most support for holding the gun to your shoulder.