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Why You Should Take Off Your Sling When Rifle Hunting

Why You Should Take Off Your Sling When Rifle Hunting

Brett gives a simple but important tip on why he pulls the sling off his gun when still hunting or tracking whitetails.



The boys are up in the mountains of the Adirondacks in New York.

It's open-air rifle season. We have the Mossberg Patriot and we're doing a lot still hunting today.

It's really warm and we don't really have a place we want to sit, so we're scouting around, still hunting, trying to run into deer.

I wanted to give you guys a really simple tip that could bag you a big deer this fall potentially.

I love to have a sling on my gun when I'm going fast and covering a lot of ground.

But as soon as you slow down on a track or get into an area where you think you may see deer, take that sling right off your gun and put it in your pack.

That forces you to hold that rifle in your hand and if a big deer jumps up in front of you (or any deer that you want to shoot) it's quick to shoulder and shoot.

If you have a sling, it's probably going up over your shoulder and when it's on your shoulder and that deer jumps up, you're not going to be quick enough.

Take the sling off the gun, put it in your pack, and when you're done hunting and you get out of the red zone, you can put it back on and continue on your way.

That's one lesson that we learned the hard way last year in the Adirondacks. We would have killed a really nice deer if we ditched the sling.

So when you get in the zone, ditch the sling.

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Just Hunt Club is a team of highly motivated Northeastern hunters that chase game and fish in a diverse and often overlooked region of the country. They have learned to adapt and be successful on mostly public access lands in extremely challenging circumstances. Whether chasing ducks, bucks, turkeys, or fish, these outdoorsmen demonstrate how to use extremely effective tactics to be successful while also showing the rich outdoor tradition and culture of the North-Eastern states.
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