Is there a most important hunting tip that translates to all types and styles of hunting? Yes, absolutely. On this episode I talk about the single most important lesson I’ve learned about hunting and that is developing mental and positional readiness.
- Mental readiness is having decided ahead of time what game you are going to take a shot at, what range you are comfortable shooting to, and the angles and scenarios you will pull the trigger in.
- Mental readiness enables you to operate within the critical two second rule.
- Positional readiness is having your bow or firearm in a ready position with both hands always in their places so that you can bring the weapon to bare with just one pivot point.
- Positional readiness also enables you to operate within the two second rule.
- Material readiness is having the right tools and gear to operate within the two second rule without making too much noise or having too much movement. Such as having a quiet and tight enough coat, etc.
- Material readiness also involves keeping you comfortable enough to maintain positional readiness. Such as having warm enough gloves, etc.
- The two second rule is a philosophy of hunting where you cannot count on having more than two seconds to make a decision to shoot, shoulder your weapon, and take the shoot. More time is a luxury that you must not depend on.
- The two second rule is not about practicing fast target acquisition and trigger pulling, it is about maintaining mental and positional readiness.
- You do not need to do speed drills at the shooting range, you need to be strategic in how you hunt.
- Sometimes you should move very slowly and maybe take 10 seconds to shoulder your weapon, it is not just about fast movement but deliberate, efficient, and undetected movement.