Idaho Hunter Safety Course



As noted in Chapter 1, many rifles, shotguns and handguns feature a sight, which is a device that helps a hunter take aim. There are three categories of sights:


Telescopic sight

Consisting of a main tube with lenses to magnify distant objects, it has line reticles for lining up the center of a target (i.e., where the horizontal and vertical reticles meet). This sight is mounted on top of the barrel or action of a firearm. Since it is easy to use, it is a good choice for novice hunters. The telescopic sight is available in fixed powers and some models have an adjustable ring that the hunter can use to select different powers of magnification.


Aperture or Peep Sight

Usually mounted at the rear part of the rifle action, this sight has a base and a raised ring. It is adjustable for vertical and horizontal movement. Aim at a target by mounting the firearm and peering through the peephole of the rear sight, centering the front sight within the circle of the rear peep sight. The front sight can be a metal post with a ball on top or just a metal post. This category of sight is common on target rifles.


Open Sight

Featuring a notch or cut at the rear and a single post at the front or muzzle end of the barrel, open sights are common features on rifles and pistols. Many of the newer open sights have the front and rear sight made of fiber optic material of contrasting colors, that gather light and are easier to see in low light.

Laser Sight

Dot Sights

Some telescopic sights will feature a red colored dot reticle instead of fixed horizontal and vertical lines. Other dot sights do not offer magnification; they somply show a red dot on an otherwise clear screen. This is a very easy sight to use - adjust this sight bu turning the dials to move the dot horizontally or vertically. However you must remember to turn off the sight when not in use, otherwise the batteries can run out quickly. It is always a good idea to carry an extra set of batteries when using a dot sight for hunting.