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Field Skills: Master the Awkward Shot

Unorthodox rifle shots are hardly practiced and rarely executed. Here's how to be prepared this fall.

Field Skills: Master the Awkward Shot

Heading west for a hunt this fall? Flatlanders are often stumped by steeply angled uphill or downhill shots. Understand the mechanics of making these shots, and you’ll be ready for the mountains. (Photo by Bob Robb)

Field shooting is not like shooting off a bench. There are times when you have to be quick and accurate from an unorthodox position. Naturally, going prone is optimal, but that’s not always possible due to things like high brush or other obstacles between you and the target or broken ground on which it’s difficult to get comfortable. In order to be ready to make a clean shot at the moment of truth this hunting season, here are three scenarios you should practice this summer.

Sitting—With and Without Shooting Sticks

Aside from prone, the most stable field-shooting position is sitting, especially if you can use either a bipod or tripod shooting stick for...

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