“Woah! You’re in the nosebleed section!” I heard from my spotter, Jimmy, as we shot at 500 yards. I was missing high by about 2 MRAD, which was strange since I’d been on target at 100, 200, and 300 yards.
Whether you’re glassing a trophy buck or picking apart thick cover to cross another rare bird off your list, it’s the details that matter. The twitch of tail or wing, the shift in a shadow, the momentary reflection of the sun off a single antler tine—how many times have you missed it?
There’s a lot of reasons you might choose to transition from iron sights to a red dot for your pistol. As your eyesight degrades, red dots become easier and faster to acquire, and there are plenty of holsters that allow you to carry your EDC pistol with a dot attached. But making the transition from shooting irons to shooting a dot can be tricky, especially if you’ve trained your whole shooting life on irons.
With the Vortex Extreme right around the corner, and a few spots in the competition still up for grabs, we asked Adrian Alan, Director of Vortex EDGE and our head range guru, to give us a few tips on how to shoot long range better when you’re under stress.
A faint gobble echoes through the woods, now muffled by dense vegetation that enters leaf-out in late-spring. The subtle buzzing of pesky bugs and birds chirping as the woods awaken makes it difficult to pinpoint the gobbler’s location, but turkeys are usually tight-lipped after a long season of dodging other hunters, so you leave the decoys in the truck and take off after your only lead. This scenario is the norm in the waning days of spring turkey season, but patience and creative tactics can help you bag your bird before the final bell. Instagram: @erikbarber8
Late season turkey hunting is notoriously tough – birds have been hunted for nearly six weeks and have heard virtually every call in a hunter’s arsenal. Pair that with the dense foliage that begins leaf-out in May and plenty of insects to challenge your sanity, and it’s easy to understand why most turkey hunters have already stowed their shotgun for the season. Instagram: @erikbarber8