New York Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 8 Dominant Eye

Knowing which eye is dominant is an important factor in shooting performance. The dominant eye is the one that looks directly at an object. The non-dominant eye looks at the same object at a slight angle. The result is depth perception. The small angular difference between the dominant eye and the non-dominant eye is what allows a hunter to judge the distance to a target or game animal. A firearm should always be shouldered on the side of the hunter's dominant eye. However, being right or left handed does not always determine if you are right or left-eye dominant.

Find Your Dominant Eye

  • Step 1. Make a small triangle with your hands, overlapping your thumbs and the top half of your fingers.
  • Step 2. Extend your arms to the target.
  • Step 3. Look through the triangle at the target.
  • Step 4. Keep both eyes open.
  • Step 5. Move your hands back to your face while looking at the target through the triangle you made with your hands.
  • Step 6. Whichever eye your hand moves to is your dominant eye.

IMPORTANT! If you are a beginner, you should shoot on the same side as your dominant eye even if your strong hand is on the other side.