4. Point of Impact
This is probably the most neglected of the four points because we often assume that our trusted rifle will perform the way it did when we placed it in the safe at the end of last season. We all have a tendency to romanticize the performance of our rifles after a hiatus from shooting, remembering tight little cloverleaf patterns that, in reality, were a bit wider than we recollect. You owe it to yourself and the animals you hunt to be lethal. You must shoot a few groups at the range--especially if you are using a new load this year. If the rifle doesn't behave the way it did a year ago it's better to remedy the problem before the season starts than after a miss on opening day.