Minnesota Adult Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 8: Shooting Skills

Knowing safe firearm handling procedures is one thing, being able to accurately and consistently place a shot is something quite different. Marksmanship describes proficiency at firing a firearm. In this chapter, you will learn the fundamentals of shooting, however keep in mind that becoming a marksman requires more than just knowledge. You need to practice, then practice some more. As you learn the fundamentals of shooting in this chapter, remember that you need to practice about 500 to 1500 times to develop these skills.

As you learn the fundamentals of shooting, always keep in mind the three primary rules of firearm safety:

  1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
  2. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
  3. Be sure of your target, in front and beyond

Goals for This Chapter

You will be required to show the following skills and/or knowledge at the Optional Field Day:

NOTE - the numbers listed below correspond the the program objectives listed on the "Firearms Safety Education Program" print-out, available in your exam center.

  • [2.3.1] Identify your dominant eye, and show how this was determined.
  • [2.3.2] Recognize the proper sight alignment and sight picture for various types of rifle sights.
  • [2.3.3] Explain proper sight adjustment
  • [2.3.4] Explain and show the proper steps in shooting a rifle.
  • [2.3.4] Properly identify a 'shot group'
  • [2.3.5] Show the four different rifle shooting positions