There’s nothing worse than showing up to a gun fight armed with a steak knife. Similarly in hunting, the wrong weapon means a rough day or days in the woods, so with that in mind, here are some common sense weapon recommendations based on game.
The most commonly used weapons for deer hunting include bows, muzzleloaders, 10-, 12- or 20-gauge shotguns loaded with buckshot and a variety of rifles. Check the laws in certain areas (use Happy Hunts for this) because although many weapons can be used for deer, not all are permitted.
Hog hunting requires rifles of any caliber, black powder of any caliber, shotguns, bows and even handguns. As with deer, check the regulations on hog hunting – there are some areas allowing year-round hunts!
Because elk are a larger game animal, the best weapon is a high-caliber rifle. The key here is power, and these types of rifles bring down these massive animals.
- Duck and other waterfowl
Some areas permit bow hunting but if using a firearm the right move is a shotgun with bird shot. This keeps the ammunition from eviscerating the bird.
Sure, you can hunt a turkey with a bow and arrow, but they’re tricky. Generally a 12-20 gauge rifle is the way to go, they’re accurate and give you a chance to bag this pesky animal.
Ok, THEORETICALLY you can use any type of weapon to take down a bear, but the reality is you need a high caliber firearm to do so and be safe.
Just as you chose your game carefully, choose your firearm carefully, this will make your hunt that much more enjoyable and also will do right by the animal you’re hunting.
What is your weapon of choice when hunting?