Make Sure to Practice Offhand
We all spend our time at the range, making sure our rifle is shooting just right. We get it dialed in, and then we head to the woods, ready to shoot our animal. Well, what happens if the animal comes out where you do not expect it? Will you be able to make the shot?
This scenario has happened to me. My first deer I ever shot, I had to shoot left handed. I had never practiced that way, and paid for it by having my nose broken with the scope. If I had just practiced more.
So, when I go to the range, I am sure to spend an extra few minutes, and 10-15 shots, shooting from different positions. If your range allows you to safely do so, be sure to cover all ways that you could possibly encounter in the field. Free standing, prone, using a support, shooting with the opposite hand, etc., are all ways to work on. Because let's face it, how many times will the deer or elk let us set up our sandbags and get a good rest before shooting it?
So remember, spend a few minutes extra now, so that you can avoid a disappointing miss (or some pain) in the field.