I’m wrapping up a public land hunt and you guessed it; I found myself hunting the fence. It never fails. The deer always seem to hug the fence and are either just on the private side or jumping the fence from the public back to the private.

I don’t mind hunting the fence, but I have a few rules I follow to ensure that when I do put my riflescope reticle on a buck everything goes in my favor. First, I use a large caliber. I’m fond of .30 caliber rifles and live and die by the .300 Winchester magnum packaged in my TC Pro Hunter ( It’s not the only .30 that works, but it is hard hitting whether hitting home at 100 yards or 300.
My second rule of thumb is to use quality ammunition with a high grade bullet. This season I’m using Hornady’s Superformance ammunition ( topped with the GMX bullet in 150-grain weight. It’s the weight that shoots best from my .300 and my early tests echo Hornady’s claims of nearly total weight retention and maximum expansion whether hitting close or far. So far this season I’ve used them on pronghorn, deer and elk. Nothing made it over the fence.

Finally, aim for proper shot placement. If you want to stop something cold in its tracks you need to break the animal down and nothing does that better than a shoulder shot. Move your point of aim a bit ahead of the pocket behind the leg and break the animal down so it can’t get over the fence.

Whether I’m hunting the neighbor’s fence or a division between public and private, I follow these rules every season.