little practice makes for a perfect hunt

Practice makes perfect, and when it comes to hunting, perfect means some meat in the freezer.

Dust the cobwebs off Ol’ Betsy and treat her to an hour on the sight-in range before you go hunting.

Making sure you can hit what you’re aiming at is the best guarantee of hunting success, not to mention saving yourself a few bucks for not illegally shooting a moose.

There are several free public shooting ranges about the Western Slope and several of the local private ranges schedule free days for public sight-in.

A quick trip for some bench sighting makes you a better and safer hunter, which is better and safer for everyone.

You are what you eat but you only eat what you can hit.

WHAT: Taking that rifle, handgun or muzzleloader to the firing range

WHEN: Prior to hunting season, although a few times during the year would do wonders

WHERE: A list of shooting ranges is available on the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site at

WHY: Hunters familiar with their equipment make hunting safer for everyone and practice improves marksmanship and builds confidence. Plus, traveling the high country can jostle your scope out of alignment.


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