I only use the rifle when I'm sitting in a tree stand, tower blind, or ground blind when still hunting. When we run the dogs, then we only use shotguns with buckshot. Most of my shots with the rifle are less than 100 yards and seldom over 200 simply due to the geography and the terrain down here. Remember when I'm sitting in a tree stand I'm overlooking a food plot most of the time and I usually don't plant them much over 150 yards in length at the most..........even if the clearing is much larger. The spot where I'm going to put out some corn in the swamp, was logged about 30 years ago, and that coupled with the standing water has helped keep some areas open enough that when I'm up in the box blind on stilts, I can probably shoot a maximum of 100 yards, but most likely average around 60. Down in the deep swamp, it's impossible to get into an area to sit with a rifle, because there's no way to get a stand through the deep water, and if I could, it's too thick and the water is too deep to get a decent shot and then retrieve the deer if I could get a shot at one. That's one of the reasons we use dogs to run the deer out of the deep swamps to areas that are easier to access. I'll also say that for those who have never experienced deer hunting with a pack of hounds, you'd be in for a treat and a surprise. The people whom I've taken on their first dog drives have been amazed at how difficult it is to shoot a deer that's being pushed by hounds, especially when they realize that the deer is usually a good 10 or 15 minutes ahead of the dogs when and if they've seen it go by.
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