The launch of "Shotgun week" here in New Jersey, otherwise known as "6-Day Firearm" ushers in a season of hunting where you no longer have to "earn-a-buck" or fling arrows at passing deer in order to put meat in the freezer. While I am a fan of bow hunting as much as any other kind, there's something about shotgunning for a deer that offers an entirely different experience.
I'm not one to take shots with buckshot though--no, I prefer to keep things difficult by using a slug gun so I have a better opportunity to miss the shot completely with my little .50 caliber, copper jacketed bullet spinning through the air from the shotgun. The first and only time I ever encountered a piece of 00 buckshot in the meat was when I made that decision.
I've stated before that hunting can be a royal pain in the ass, but for me, the onset of shotgun season just means that we are a few weeks out from night-hunting for coyote and fox. That's when things get really exciting for me, and yes... I promise to post pictures of the predator hunts this year, for those of you who have been asking.
Finally, and to the point of this post, please be sure that if you are going to hunt this year--hunt ethically.
- Don't take a 50-yard bow shot or a 75 yard shotgun shot (slugs can reach out a little further).
- Shoot only when you've got the perfect shot. If you don't get that opportunity, don't force it.
- Shoot to kill, not to wound. Wait for the right shot.
- If there is a choice between a sick or hurt animal vs. the healthy one--take the sick one.
- Late-late season when most of the does are pregnant, take the mature bucks instead. Don't see any? There's always next year.
- Use every part of the animal you harvest. Everything has a use. Share with fellow hunters if need be.
Most importantly, if you don't now how to hunt--learn. I offer seminars on deer hunting, turkey hunting and predator hunting (coyote and fox). They are not expensive and will help you become a more successful and better (ethical) hunter.
This Jew Shoots Guns...and is ready for some meat.
You can learn about all the courses I offer on my training website: www.RichardBogath.com