Deer Hunting Tips: How and Why to Sight Your Deer Rifle (#62)

Welcome avid hunters to! In this blog post, we’ll be discussing one of the most important aspects of any successful deer hunting expedition: sighting your deer rifle. We’ll be sharing expert tips on why sighting your rifle is crucial, and more importantly, how to ensure your rifle is properly sighted for maximum accuracy. So, whether you’re a seasoned hunter or a beginner, this post is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their shooting skills and increase their chances of a successful hunt. Let’s get started!

Deer Hunting Tips: How and Why to Sight Your Deer Rifle

Hunting season is here, and it’s time to prepare your rifle for the big hunt. Dr. Grant Woods of has some tips on how and why to sight your deer rifle.


Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or new to the sport, sighting your rifle is essential for a successful hunting trip. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why sighting your rifle is important, and how to do it the right way.

Why Sighting Your Rifle is Important

If you want to hit your target, whether it’s a deer or a paper bullseye, you need to make sure your rifle is properly sighted. By doing so, you’ll increase your chances of making a clean shot and avoid injuring the animal unnecessarily.

How to Sight Your Deer Rifle

Here are some steps you can follow to ensure your rifle is properly sighted:

  1. Choose Your Ammunition: Make sure you’re using the right ammunition for your rifle. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure you’re using the correct type.

  2. Find the Right Range: Head to a shooting range to sight your rifle. Most ranges have targets set up at various distances, allowing you to choose the right range for your needs.

  3. Position Yourself Correctly: Position yourself in a comfortable, stable shooting position. You should be able to hold your rifle steady for a few seconds without any issue.

  4. Adjust Your Sight: Most rifles come with adjustable sights. Use these to adjust the elevation and windage until you’re hitting your target consistently.

  5. Practice Regularly: The more you practice shooting your rifle, the more accurate you’ll become. Make it a habit to practice on a regular basis.

The Importance of Proper Equipment

Dr. Woods’ daughters missed their shots during the youth season, and they wanted to figure out what went wrong. They did a scientifically designed test where Dr. Woods shot the rifle cold at the same time of day that his daughter missed the deer.

The first shot hit to the left, which is what happened with both daughters’ shots. The solid window of the box blind doesn’t give and may cause the barrel to jump up and to the left or right when there is no give or clearance between the barrel and the stock.

The second shot was successful when the gun was supported on a well-made bench and wasn’t held by inexperienced children. Shooting off a hard surface may cause the gun to bounce up and to the left when the bullet is pushing down the barrel and the harmonic motion is going down the barrel.

The missed shots may have been caused by the harmonics of the rifle, but the girls may have been holding it a little high as well.

Dr. Woods Recommendations

Dr. Woods recommends patterning the shotgun or shooting the bow to be prepared for hunting season. By doing so, you’ll improve your accuracy and be more confident when it comes time to take your shot.


Sighting your rifle is essential for any successful hunting trip. By following these tips, you’ll be able to properly sight your rifle and increase your chances of making a clean shot.


  1. Will sighting my rifle guarantee a successful hunt?
    Sighting your rifle is an essential part of hunting, but it’s not a guarantee. You’ll need to practice regularly and prepare ahead of time to ensure you’re ready for hunting season.

  2. Can I sight my rifle on my own or should I seek professional help?
    While it’s possible to sight your rifle on your own, seeking professional help may be beneficial, especially if you’re new to the sport.

  3. Why is using the right ammunition important when sighting your rifle?
    Using the right ammunition is important when sighting your rifle because different types of ammunition can affect accuracy and trajectory.

  4. What should I do if I miss my shot during a hunting trip?
    If you miss your shot during a hunting trip, it’s important to remain calm and composed. Take some time to practice and prepare for your next hunting trip.

  5. What other equipment should I bring on a hunting trip?
    In addition to your rifle, you’ll need to bring other equipment such as hunting gear, a first-aid kit, and food and water. Be sure to check with local regulations before heading out on your trip.

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