6 Elk Hunting Secrets
Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:19 PM
Whenit comes to big game, we want to cause as little suffering as possible. Forthis purpose, we must use the appropriate caliber for these big deer. Whichsize should we use then?
Theideal bullet size causes substantial hydrostatic shock inside the organs andtissues that is similar to the waves produced when you throw a stone into apond.
Popularcalibers for Elk hunting
Practice300-yard shots in the field
Mostbeginners, who usually practice in the city, place their targets at very shortdistances (within 100 yards, an unrealistic and unsuitable distance for reallife hunting). At three times that distance, the force of gravity becomes animportant factor to consider.
Ask afarmer for permission to practice in his land to test how your rifle behaves inthe long distance with static targets.
Then, go a step further and start shooting varmints and moving targets.
For a Perfect Shot, Learn Anatomy
Perfectshots can only be possible if we know the anatomy of the animal. At the veryleast, we must visualize the location of the heart.
Broadsideelks offer the ideal angle. Conversely, a rear-end shot should be avoided,because the heart is hidden behind the rear legs. Muscle tissue and bones in the hindquartersand hips protect almost all the vital areas.
Aimat the Lungs
Theheart lies between the lungs. Since lungs are bigger than the heart, they offeran easier target. If you hit both lungs, the bullet will enter the heart aswell. The red spot in the image indicates the location of the heart. Wait untilthe animal moves forward the front leg on your side and aim behind the shoulderto avoid the shoulder bone.
Ofcourse, to aim at such a tiny target hundreds of yards away, you will have to…
…Use a Scope
Goodscopes are waterproof (trust us, you do not want to aim at the heart of a maleelk through a foggy lens). Four of fivepowers are OK.
…unless you have good shot. Complying with tip #3, never shoot rear-end shots.
Well,those are today's little hunting secrets.
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