Course Outline

A number of factors contribute to unsuccessful shots:

  • Shooting at animals beyond the hunter’s effective range
  • Shooting at an animal that is looking at the hunter or is alarmed
  • Poor shot angle
  • Little or no knowledge of the game’s vital areas
  • Muscle fatigue, which can be caused from holding the shooting position too long
  • Poor shooting technique or release, typically due to the hunter’s increased excitement level
  • Lack of practice with hunting equipment
  • Shooting when brush or limbs are in the path between the hunter and animal
  • Shooting when the animal is running or moving
  • Not continuing to aim and focus on the aiming spot long enough after the shot
  • Poor mental or physical condition that affects the hunter’s shooting ability
  • Poor light conditions
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