Sniper Has Always Been My Style

The highly successful new movie, “American Sniper,” has inspired patriotism, volunteerism and even some changes in shooting style for the average North American hunter.

I fit into all those categories, and when it comes to hunting the sniper way has been the Kayser way for decades. For those of you familiar with my TV hunts, you likely noticed that during rifle hunts I prefer a bolt-action, a variable-power scope, a long-range reticle and bipods for a prone-solid shot. Here’s a taste of my shooting recipe. Yes, it’s my sniper approach to hunting.

Why should you consider a sniper approach to hunting? Ponder on the following as to why a sniper approach to hunting is a cagey strategy that works with most species and leads to one-shot success when the trigger is pulled.

  1. Sniper-style shooting puts you in the driver’s seat. By that I mean whenever you set up and wait in ambush, it’s likely that any animal that shows up is unaware of your presence. That’s not the case if you execute deer drives or even during a still-hunt. Animals go about their business in a relaxed manner, giving you ample time to range, dial-in your scope, control your breath and depress the trigger. It’s a Hornady happy ending to your hunting story.
  2. You're in the most solid position possible. Study any military shooting manual or even shooting instruction from your local 4-H Shooting Sports program. The prone position, when teamed with an accurate rifle, is the most solid base to shoot from with the human body as your cornerstone. Sitting, standing and kneeling are fine, but none can match the stability of the prone, sniper-like position. Try it next time you’re at the range and then consider it the next time you’re in the field.
  3. You can shoot farther. Because of this stable position you can shoot farther. You might not be able to pull off a 2,100-yard shot like Chris Kyle, but you could begin swinging metal at your local range at distances beyond 400 yards. Hitting vital-sized targets to 600 yards and beyond isn’t a dream any longer with the right gear and a solid prone position.
  4. You can observe and hatch a new strategy. Even if you don’t get a shot because the animal is obstructed or just too far away, your elevated sniper hide should allow you to observe and conceive a backup plan for hunting success. You can study where the animal is going, the terrain ahead and possibly leave your hide to intercept and ambush.

I’ve always been a sniper hunter at heart. I enjoy the challenge of discovering elevated hides that overlook habitat and waiting for the perfect shot.

Suck on that Michael Moore.

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