Hi all. I have an issue that I would like to get some help with. I have a teenage son (18) that loves to hunt deer with the rifle. He has hunted 6 years now, and has had many great shot opportunities. He has shot 3-4 bucks in his short hunting career.
This past season he had several great opportunities to shoot bucks at a fairly close range, but in all honestly he didn't even come close, typically shooting in the dirt well below their feet. In talking to him about his shots, he swore his rifle was the problem, so I shot the rifle for him at a target and it was dead on. After that I had him shoot it in a calm setting and he hit the target as well.
I have always heard of "buck fever" but don't think I have ever witnessed it.........until now. I think he gets so excited at the shot opportunity, that he is just pointing and shooting and I am not sure he is even looking through the scope. Have any of you guys ever ran across this? If you have, are there any ideas as to what to do to correct it? My biggest concern is NOT that he doesn't get the deer, but it really does become a safety issue. I have always taught my sons good gun safety, and we all know that good gun safety requires a constant awareness. If he is loosing his awareness during these times of excitement, I have concerns.
Any help out there? The only thing I can think of is to try to stay away from stalking situations where the deer bolt from cover on short notice (causing a startled and quick reaction), and keep him in situations where we are spotting deer and waiting for the right shot from afar.