Michigan Hunter Safety Course


Shooting a Rifle

While shooting at the range or in the field, remember these fundamentals of shooting:

  • Always follow firearm safety rules.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection.
  • Using a steady rest will increase the accuracy of the shot. When in the field, a steady rest could be a stump, log or even your coat.
  • Obtain the sight picture and hold it.
  • Control your breathing. Take a deep breath, and exhale about half-way.
  • Squeeze the trigger with a steady pressure. Jerking the trigger will change the sight picture, which will cause the bullet to miss the center of the target.
  • After the shot is fired, continue to squeeze the trigger. If you lift your head or jerk the rifle, the shot may be thrown off-target by the movement of the rifle. This waiting period is called the follow through.