Last week we watched as my friend Jim shot The Big Ten Buck sitting on a bucket, covered in a sheet, left-handed. This supports a point we made earlier in the season: shoot your situation.

How many of you know you’re reliable distance left-handed? I didn’t until I thought about Jim’s situation and went to the range. Preparing for the unexpected is a mantra I’ve long preached. That means taking target practice from your shooting house, blind or tree stand. It also means training for those situation when the deer comes in the wrong way, or for whatever reason your handling is all mucked up.

Practice the implausible, and it might just one day pay off. You never know when that buck of a lifetime is going to walk up behind you.

Check out previous episodes of DSI:

Introducing DSI: Deer Scene Investigation

DSI: A Spot-and-Stalk Whitetail Hunt

DSI: A Big Woods Buck

DSI: Evander, Tracy’s First Bow Buck

DSI Video Tip: The Worst Case Scenario

DSI: The Contamination Buck

DSI Video Tip: Make a Map

DSI Video Tip: Shoot Your Situation

DSI Video Tip: The Long Draw

DSI Video Tip: How to Triangulate Deer Location with Trail Cameras

DSI: The Second-Chance Buck

DSI Video Tip: Three Season Camera Survey

DSI: The Flipper Buck

DSI: The Cringe Buck

DSI: Video Tip: Know Your Planting Percentages

DSI: Laura & the Double Main Buck

DSI Video Tip: Avoid Foggy Trail Cam Photos

DSI: The Big Brow Buck

DSI Video Tip: Find the Travel Corridor