Marksmanship is the mark of a great hunter

Let’s face it: hunters as a group are pretty lousy shots. For all the gun-store talk I hear of off-hand 200-yard instantly-fatal shots, I see deer coming into the processing plant with more holes than a Confederate soldier after Pickett’s Charge. During public-land duck hunts, I hear more gunshots than the Battle of Verdun but only the occasional splash. My own experience with hunting buddies is that if excuses were doves, we’d all have full game bags.

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