Whitetail IQ Test: Rifle Hunting

Test your knowledge of deer guns, ballistics, and markmanship.

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1. The best scope for shooting in extremely low-light conditions has
A. Heavy crosshairs
B. High magnification
C. A large objective lens
D. A and C
E. A, B, and C

2. You're hunting on a bitter-cold day and get a shot at a deer, but when you pull the trigger, you hear thump instead of bang. After waiting for 10 seconds, you eject the cartridge from your rifle and see that there is a small dent in the primer. What is going on here?
A. You have a defective cartridge
B. Nothing out of the ordinary. Primers don't always work in extreme cold
C. Your bolt, bolt spring, and firing pin are loaded up with 30-year-old oil, grease, solvent, and powder residue that have hit critical mass in the cold and congealed

3. So there you are with your gummed-up rifle that won't shoot. You should
A. Try to borrow someone else's
B. Wait for the weather to warmt
C. Flush the gunk out with boiling water

4. **All other things being equal, long-barreled rifles shoot more accurately than short-barreled ones.
**True

False

5. **The fastest sights of all for picking up a target are open iron sights.
**True

False

6. The buck of a lifetime is 350 yards away, sneaking across a winter wheatfield. You have never taken a shot this long before, but you know that your .30/06 is sighted in 3 inches high with 180-grain bullets, and that they drop 5 inches below the line of sight at 300 yards. You should
A. Pass up the shot. Bullets drop like stones out past 300 yards, and you have no idea where to hold
B. Hold at what appears to be 4 inches above the buck's back, pray, and squeeze the trigger
C. Hold right on the top of the buck's back, with the crosshairs still "in the fur," pray, and squeeze the trigger

7. **You're following a very fresh buck track in soft snow when you raise your eyes and see a buck 50 yards ahead, walking directly away from you. In another half dozen steps, it will vanish into the trees. Your rifle is in your hands, and you guess you have two to three seconds in which to get the shot off. You should:
**A.
Try for a "Texas brain shot"
B. Try for a hit directly in the back of the neck
C. Pass up the shot. The buck doesn't know you're around, and you can follow it until you get a better chance

8. A good target shooter isn't necessarily a good shot on game.
True
False

** 9.** You drop your rifle, and it lands on its scope. There is a fair amount of shooting around you. You should
A. Keep hunting as long as the scope doesn't appear to be knocked out of its rings, but limit shots to under 100 yards
B. Leave quietly, go to the nearest rifle range, tighten up any loose base and ring screws, and sight in again
C. Fire a shot at a knothole on a dead tree to verify the zero

10. Plug both ends of a rifle barrel when not hunting to keep moisture out and prevent rust.
True
False

Extra Credit #4: A toad appears beneath your tree stand far from camp, addresses you by name, and explains that it is actually a beautiful princess bewitched by an evil sorcerer. The toad says that there's a monstrous buck standing in the middle of a clearing nearby and offers to show you the way if only you promise to kiss it afterward and break the spell. You should
A. Climb down immediately, follow the toad, kill the deer, and kiss the toad, whereupon she turns into a Catherine Zeta-Jones look-alike and folds herself into your arms in a most agreeable way
B. Pinch yourself and blink your eyes a few times to make sure you're not dreaming. If the toad is still there and calls you again, descend. When the buck is only a 6-pointer, and the princess is merely average-looking, you decide it's still a pretty good deal
C. Climb down, march back to camp, and belt the cook a good one for having fed you that reduced-for-quick-sale sausage at breakfast