Yeah yeah you squeeze it. Thought I would start a thread about when you decide that you are going to take the shot from a safety point, probably more about bush hunting than the tops.I personally know three guys that have been shot and one who shot and killed a person. The 3 guys that were shot, all were shot by their hunting companion, all shot on the left side of their bodies, all shot by a 270 and unbelievably all survived. But with pretty major permanent injuries. The one who shot the guy, hit him with a 3006 in the chest and sadly he didn't. When I hunt which is mainly thick bush and small clearings, if I sight the animal, I watch it for awhile for a number of reasons.
1: To identify it beyond all doubt that it is my target, Deer, Pig, Duck. Repercussion, Andy a bullet thru his arse and thru his nuts, luckily only bruising the Femoral Artery and missing you know what. Barry failed to identify beyond all doubt and sadly taking a life
2: I like to place my shot for a quick kill and to minimise food wastage. Repercussion, a wounded Deer can cover a lot of territory and around here without a specialists dog that can mean a lost animal.
3: Purely from a lazy point, I try and shoot the animal so I get a favourable recovery, i.e wait for it to step out so it will fall or not fall depending on where I'm hunting.
4: Carrying and treating the firearm as always loaded and treat it as such. Repercussion Andrew a steel bar all the way down the left side of his leg.
5: Guns, Alcohol and drugs don't mix, ever. Mark no left arm.
Yes you will miss out on animals, so what, better than shooting someone.
Yes there are other rules that need to be followed and I guess what I'm looking for is why you took the shot when you did.
I have hunted with blokes who have not done one or all of the above, I have not hunted with them again. I have taught many a young/novice hunter how to hunt and these are my rules. The Gun safety that the Son displays in the field and Maimai makes me extremely proud and confident when we hunt together. The roar is here so be careful, it's not always the novice that wrongly pulls the trigger.
For the record I have shot quite a few deer and yes I have wounded and lost animals by following the above (Thank fuk for the dog), but by doing the above your chances of recovering a animal and not a person will increase. Your thoughts