MOOSE HUNTER SHOOTING PROFICIENCY IN ONTARIO
The shooting proficiency of moose hunters was assessed annually (1976-1988) at several Ontario locations. Life-size moose silhouettes were used and no “vital” or “target area” was visible to the shooter from the firing line. Both stationary and moving targets were employed. Shot placement locations were recorded and the presumed effect of hits interpreted to the shooter. Results indicate that as many as 30% of shots taken could result in a wound to the moose with subsequent retrieval of the moose questionable. The relationship of sight types, shooting habits, age of shooter, distance, target movement and hunter experience were evaluated in respect to observed shooting proficiency. He suggested target and shooting procedure are provided.
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