Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

What shooting position do you use most for hunting

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by thurston24, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. thurston24

    thurston24 Richland, WA Member

    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    5
    I'm going to be going hunting pretty soon for the first time and I am going to be practicing a fair amount before with my new (to me) used rifle before my trip. Just out of curiosity, when hunting for big game, what position do you guys shoot from most? So you use kneeling, prone, standing, or something else? I'm thinking I am going to practice all three to get used to shooting in different situations but I was thinking that maybe people never use one because of time, brush height, etc.
     
  2. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

    Messages:
    2,697
    Likes Received:
    3,513
    Most of the time I find myself shooting off-hand (standing). Most of the time there isn't time to take a different stance, or the extra movement would spook the target. Made a nice lung shot this morning from about 90 yards from a standing position. Practice shooting from a standing position.
     
    Sgt Nambu and (deleted member) like this.
  3. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    544
    Likes Received:
    263
    Missionary.






    ;)





    I go prone whenever possible, if not able to, I utilize any rest I can find. Standing freehand a last resort.
     
  4. Tangent123123

    Tangent123123 Battle Ground Active Member

    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    199
    Who the heck are you hunting with?
     
    mjbskwim and (deleted member) like this.
  5. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    593
    Off hand shots are the norm for me when hunting the Cascades or the Coast ranges. Central and Eastern Oregon I usually have some shooting sticks or a Bi-Pod as the shots are usually longer and I have more time to get into position.

    Practice all shooting positions you think you might use, especially off hand.
     
  6. zack147

    zack147 NY New Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    I mostly use off-hand.But still wondering what is the best way to use for best results???
     
  7. mosinguy

    mosinguy by the ocean Member

    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    21
    i have a forked bodark walking stick with me when i hunt, with practice one can use their toes to stabilize on uneven ground
     
  8. Lindy

    Lindy Central Ca. Member

    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    63
    I always shoot from some sort of rest as a first choice, tree limb, rock, Quadrunner, etc., If nothing is available to use as a rest, I then use any position that will get the job done.

    Good Shooting

    Lindy
     
    Sgt Nambu and (deleted member) like this.
  9. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    578
    Likes Received:
    370
    Pickup window. :cool:
     
  10. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,194
    Likes Received:
    4,381
    Sitting.
    Properly done, it's about as steady as you can get without an external rest, and I'm more more steady than standing and shooting off of sticks.
    Review the military sitting/shooting position for reference, and practice it.
    The guys at the range used to look at me really weird when I would sit atop the bench on sight-in days.

    I made my longest kill from a sitting position. 320 yards, slightly downhill, on a big 3x4 muley-buck, and dropped him in his tracks with a single round.
     
  11. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

    Messages:
    845
    Likes Received:
    231
    free standing off hand but I usually do my work up close with a shotgun but I have killed with a rifle free standing off hand out to 180 yrds
     
  12. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,066
    Likes Received:
    410
    Back with the guys I'd rabbit hunt with, we'd shoot from this position.

    a.aaa-Funny-poses.jpg

    That top position is amazingly stable.
     
    longcolt and (deleted member) like this.
  13. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    3,773
    Likes Received:
    1,953
    In the NW Oregon timber, standing has been the way for me to go. Only because the distance is usually short, as is the time to take a shot! When hunting elk in eastern Oregon I find a kneeling position quick and easy to attain if I'm in a hurry. If not, the sitting position is the steadiest for me. This all assumes that I can't find something to use as a rest. If I'm near a tree that offers me a limb, especially one that's the right height to kneel behind, that's what I'll use.
     
    longcolt and (deleted member) like this.
  14. foomanchu

    foomanchu Milwaukie, OR Member

    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    10
    I tend to practice off hand shots the most, as it tends to be the most common shot in western oregon due to the short distances and short amount of time in which to react. The other positions are certainly important, but don't really need much practice to become proficient in those in my opinion. In a hunting situation, certainly you would want to take the most stable position possible given the circumstances.