That’s all well and good, but I know he’s hunting in a heavily wooded area and he’ll be lucky to see–much less shoot—a deer at 40 yards. Don’t get me wrong; I think the new slugs are great. I hit a deer with a Lightfield slug a couple of seasons ago and he dropped as if pole axed. That sure made getting my venison a lot easier. But I wonder if some hunters will be tempted to shoot at farther distances, where they may wound and not kill and where an errant shot may travel somewhere it’s not supposed to go.
The places I hunt, the farmer gives us permission because he doesn’t think his family or livestock have to worry about long shots. I counsel new slug-gun shooters to keep that in mind. You still have a duty to shoot carefully and precisely. What I like about shooting from a treestand on this property is that I can take a longer shot, but most of the time I wait out a deer, let him get a little closer and then make sure the shot is below the horizon. For me, the great advantage of the new slugs isn’t the distance they can travel, but their incredible accuracy. It’ s comforting to know that when I aim at the shoulder, that’s where the slug will go. Now, if I could just get that Ithaca 37 to kick a little less.