Behold the average deer hunter expending his annual five rounds at the shooting range. He sits at the benchrest and gets comfortable. He gets those sandbags just perfect. He snugs the rifle into his cheek. He waits for the rifle to settle down, and then he fires.
* Now behold him in the field, trying to get off a shot at an actual deer. He dithers; he fusses; he fidgets; and then he makes an amazing discovery-deer, unlike paper targets, get the hell out of there if you do all that stuff.
* Most missed deer are lost because we are too slow in getting our rifles up and aimed. Following are four ways you can speed up your shooting and increase accuracy at the same time.
* Implicit in all four is the assumption that you will clearly identify what you're about to shoot before you pull the trigger. Speed means keeping your composure and your concentration, and acting deliberately once you decide to act. Get Down on Your Knee
If you can't get to a tree to steady your gun (see "Hug a Tree," page 118), use the kneeling position. It's extremely quick to get into, and much steadier than offhand.