Remove your sling in the thick stuff!
Never let it be said that I donít learn from my mistakes. One key bit of information I have figured out through trial and error (more error than trial) is that when hunting in heavy timber, cedar swamps or the thick stuff in general, always remove your sling. I can hear all you riflemen cursing me, but let me explain!
I am not debating the need for a good sling on a rifle; they come in handy but not in the thick stuff.
Chances are that when you do jump a deer of whatever you are hunting you wonít have the time to use your sling to steady your shot, you can try but I would rather take the shot (if I have a good one) than waste precious seconds.
Secondly, the more you have hanging off your rifle or shotgun the better the chances that you are going to get wrapped up in limbs and branches. It is inevitable, and if it does happen, you know that is when mister mossy horns is going to jump out from behind the cedar, look at you, and then bound out of site. Getting caught also causes unnecessary noise and movement.
Third, swivels make noise and noise scares game!
When I enter the thick stuff, I always remove my sling and put it in my pocket or pack. If I need to sling my rifle to drag out a deer or if the terrain opens up, I put it back on. Donít get me wrong you need a good sling and you need to practice using it effectively, but take it off in the thick stuff.
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