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    How do you feel....

    ....when it's in the sights?
    The reason I ask this is because of a conversation I had with my son today. I know people shoot for lots of different reasons, plus man has always been a hunter/gatherer by trade as it were. My 13 year old is bringing stuff back for the pot these days and we were talking about the feeling one has when a deer is in the sights. Personally I'm a lot calmer and steadier than I am when zeroing- yeah I can stick them in the target but with lots of fannying around. When there's a deer in the sights a calmness descends because it has to go right. Maybe thats a response to the adrenaline? I know some people who shake ...... how do you feel?

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    I am pants at zeroing, I have in the past used 20 rounds to get it bang on, an expencive pastime unless you have a military chambered rifle. I find that I just get more and more aggitated with the whole thing.

    When I have my cross hair on the mark on the Deer, I am calm, but the build up to and getting into position is an adrenalin filled moment, the expectation of what's hopefully about to happen.

    I do feel comfortable with my ability and equipment to feel confident that when I pull the trigger, the shot will be placed where I had the cross hair and intended it to go. I have in the past injured and not retreived the wounded,but that was down to bad placement (sleepless night had that time) I have also shot and cleanly missed (Rushing the shot). But knowing that I have to take a life of a stunning animal brings a sense of calmness to me to ensure I do the upmost to do the job and do it right.

    So to answer your question, I am calm to take the shot, but the 1 or 2 or 30 mins build up from spotting the Deer and getting into position is where I am an adrenalin junkie, shaking and heart beating twice the normal rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devonoak View Post
    ....when it's in the sights?
    The reason I ask this is because of a conversation I had with my son today. I know people shoot for lots of different reasons, plus man has always been a hunter/gatherer by trade as it were. My 13 year old is bringing stuff back for the pot these days and we were talking about the feeling one has when a deer is in the sights. Personally I'm a lot calmer and steadier than I am when zeroing- yeah I can stick them in the target but with lots of fannying around. When there's a deer in the sights a calmness descends because it has to go right. Maybe thats a response to the adrenaline? I know some people who shake ...... how do you feel?
    Hi must say to being alot calmer when out stalking deer and taking the shot,i do think this comes with experience,however target shooting /zeroing always ends up in a pyschological competition as most targeting is done with friends therefore the pressure of the best shot applies

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    No probs zeroing or taking rabbits heads off at a hundred yds but still find it battle against the adrenalin sometimes when there is a good buck in my sights just learnt to deal with it and calm myself down enough before taking the shot,quick shots are better and then get a real rush of adrenalin normally have a sit down and a fag if it hasn't gone anywhere before i gralloch.
    Neil.

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    I hate target shooting.
    Stiil get that twist of excitement in my guts when the deer show or the lamp touches a fox.
    Always said when that stops I sell the guns

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    I don`t think there are many that don`t feel the adrenaline rush while the stalk is on and even after the shot.
    Never saw loads of deer on my permissions so prior to pulling the trigger, my last thoughts were "Do i need to kill it"
    It`s a great feeling after a hard stalk and a deer on the grass but it`s also a great feeling to put the safety back on and watch the deer walk away.
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    got to be honest heart pumps a lot and the breathing increases when shooting.
    if i dont think about it or dont have the time to think about it i am ok.
    i once shot a deer with a guy lieing on top of my back as a spotter and he couldnt believe how much i was shaking...

    i hope that i never loose the adrenaline rush. thats nature.

    atb f.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devonoak View Post
    ....when it's in the sights?
    The reason I ask this is because of a conversation I had with my son today. I know people shoot for lots of different reasons, plus man has always been a hunter/gatherer by trade as it were. My 13 year old is bringing stuff back for the pot these days and we were talking about the feeling one has when a deer is in the sights. Personally I'm a lot calmer and steadier than I am when zeroing- yeah I can stick them in the target but with lots of fannying around. When there's a deer in the sights a calmness descends because it has to go right. Maybe thats a response to the adrenaline? I know some people who shake ...... how do you feel?
    No time tonight to answer your question but its bloody nice to hear that your boy is hunting and that you talk about this sort of thing. I have no children and, to be honest, I often find myself being critical and cynical about the youngsters that I come across for one reason or another. This sort of thing renews the faith. good luck to you both. JC

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    Thanks for your replies. I'll show Dan (my son) this thread when I get a minute. Cheers

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    ...I still get an adrenaline surge - and I have to say, it's pretty much the same kind of feeling irrespective of whether it's a rat or a red!!

    I can feel the blood pounding through my ears, and sometimes it sounds so loud from the inside I'm wondering why it doesn't cause everything in the county to bugger off!!

    Glad to hear that your 13-yr old is so keen; my 12-yr old son is the same. Mad keen. We were out whacking rats with air-rifles last week, decoying pigeons on Saturday, and he's mithering to come out foxing with us......Hopefully another one to restore a little more faith JC275!

    ATB,

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