Preparing For Your First Hunting Trip: 2 Top Tips

If you have decided to take up hunting and you are currently planning your first trip as part of a hunting tour, you will want to make sure that you are familiar with your weapon and that you are a good shot. Not only can being a poor shot make you look silly, but it can also lead to animals being wounded but not killed, which is every hunter's worst nightmare. Below is a guide which will help you to improve the accuracy of your shooting when you visit a target range.

Fit and Adjust Your Scope

Unfortunately, you cannot fit a new scope to your rifle and take it straight to the range. If you do, you will find that you have trouble hitting the point you are aiming for. A scope needs to be properly fitted to a rifle. It then needs to be adjusted so that the cross-hairs of the scope match the point where the bullet hits the target. To do this, you should carefully bolt the scope to the rifle, following the manufacturer's instructions. 

Once you have done this, you should take your rifle to the firing range. Once on the range, you should fire a few shots at the centre of the target. Once you have recovered the target, you should measure the how far off target the shots are falling. You can then open up the zeroing controls on the scope. The zeroing controls are two wheels on the top and the side of the scope. Turning the top wheel will adjust the sight vertically while adjusting the wheel on the side will just the sight horizontally. You should make small adjustments until the cross-hair of the scope matches with the location where the bullets hit the target.

Use the right ammo

Using the wrong type of ammo in your rifle can drastically affect your ability to hit a target. Ammo is supplied in different weights and types. Ammo is also produced to different standards. Using the wrong weight or type of ammo, or using a low-quality ammo can mean that you fail to hit a target, or that the bullet does not have adequate stopping power to bring down an animal. You should try different types of ammo until you find one that works for you. If you need further advice, you should contact a specialist ammo supplier or a gun shop. If you would like further advice about preparing for your hunting trip, you should contact a hunting tour company.