One of the most often used deer hunting guns is the shotgun. And since deer hunting remains one of the most popular outdoor sports, with fathers teaching their sons and daughters the safety of hunting, more and more manufacturers have developed shotguns that have more features.
Maybe you’re an avid bow hunter or you’ve mainly hunted with rifles, and you’re buying your first shotgun to add to your collection of deer hunting guns, the first thing to think about is getting the right shotgun, one that will be a perfect to you.
To do this, head to your local gun shop or hunting outfitter and test a few different makes and models of shotguns. To test the weapon, pull it to your shoulder and tuck it into your shoulder. Never point the muzzle towards anyone though. Only point it in a safe direction, and check to make sure the gun moves into place easily.
Feel the weight of the gun to make sure it’s not too heavy or bulky for your size. If you’re not able to hold it steady for any amount of time, or it feels too heavy to be able to carry it for any length of time or distance, then move on and check out a different model.
This one is not going to work for you since hunters often level their deer hunting guns at their prey for periods of time, and that’s after they’ve trudged through the woods to get to their hunting spots.
You don’t want to buy a shotgun that’s going to leave you too tired from hauling it to even be able to use it once you reach your location.
When you’re shopping for the ideal shotgun, remember, it doesn’t matter how sleek and good the gun looks, it’s got to do the job and it absolutely must fit you. And buying a bigger gun isn’t the best solution either.
A 12-gauge is actually perfect for deer hunting because of its intermediate power and on some models you can also retrofit it with a rifle barrel.
The 410 gauge is a good choice for the young, beginner hunter. 10-gauge shotguns are good for turkey hunting and 20-gauge are usually used for small game.
So for deer hunting, look first for a good 12-gauge shotgun and models that use slug shots.
What are slug shots? They’re not bullets like you would use in handguns or rifles. These are called slugs and when they’re fired, they spiral out of the gun and then mushroom on impact like a bullet, but they make a much larger hole.
Before you head out to the woods or go on a guided deer hunt, get familiar with your shotgun at a gun club where you can do some practice shooting. Use different size loads and shot sizes in the weapon and do some target practice to get familiar with how it handles.
Realize that it might take some time to find just the right shotgun for you, so get an early start. Don’t wait until deer season is right around the corner because buying any deer hunting guns, not just a shotgun, isn’t something to be rushed. They can be pretty expensive and they can also be dangerous if you find you can’t handle the weapon correctly once you’re out in the field.