Every hunter I have ever met has relayed stories about their desire to bag that monster buck, or to get their first elk, or any other numerous hunts that are available to them. All of these hunters have one very simple thing in common, regardless of where they are from or the quarry that they are in pursuit of. This commonality is simply the desire to make the shot once they get the shot.
As simplistic as this sounds, if you have ever spent any time in the field, you know for sure it is anything but easy. In order to be accurate when your moment arises, you have to be able to not only control your nerves but be aware of every element around you to make sure you have accounted for everything that may screw you up. Inevitably, when it comes to being accurate, the old guy Murphy has a firm grip on the situation. Meaning, anything that can go wrong, will and does go wrong.
In order to wrestle this grip of fear out of old man Murphys’ hands there are a few things we can do to counter him and gain the confidence we need to be accurate. The first thing is nothing more than experience. Once you have successfully made an accurate shot it is a lot easier to repeat it. Bear in mind though, I did say easier, not easy. Over the years I have been lucky enough to bag quite a few animals and to this day I still get a mild case of buck fever when I pull down on my target. To counteract this feeling I try not to look at anything but the target and my cross hairs or shooting pin. The target is not the entire animal; it is the actual spot that you are aiming at. In the case of a deer, the spot about three to four inches behind the front shoulder.
If you are a novice to the sport of hunting, obviously experience is not something that can be relied upon. In this situation, your preparation and state of mind has to take over. One of the old axioms that comes to mind is, plan your hunt, hunt your plan. Hopefully, your plan is not to buy a your weapon 2 days before the season opens and go for a walk in the woods hoping to shoot at something on the run at 300 yards. If hunting were that simple, I do not think there would be many of us doing it.
A good hunting plan begins early, with many trips to the shooting range, and numerous trips to scout the area you are going to hunt. The more you practice with the weapon you are going to use, the easier it will be to use when you are in a shooting situation in the field. Also, getting to know the area you are going to be hunting will give you clues as to where you may see your quarry as well as a good idea about what shots you might expect to have.
With some patience and time buck fever does become easier to deal with, and accuracy will come to you as the result. For my money though, I truly hope that the buck fever syndrome never completely goes away, because that is actually one of the things I look forward to more than many of the other facets of a hunting trip. things to do in Budapest