The position you take when hunting, whether it is for deer or ducks, it will be a very important factor in determining how accurate your shots are. It is crucial that your positions are comfortable so you can stay that way for an extended period of time without having to move around a lot.
The more you move, the more likely it is that the animals you are hunting will hear or see you. There are four different positions that are commonly used by hunters and you will want to know about each one in detail before deciding which one to use when you are out in the field.
The standing position is by far the fastest one to assume. This position will provide you with the very best field of view, allowing you to see over moderately tall grass and brush. The one bad thing about this position is that it is the least stable, which can be a huge disadvantage if you are shooting long range.
If you are shooting a very close range, however, the standing position can be highly beneficial, as it will enable you to take a rapid shot. Most hunters rarely have to take unsupported standing shots, but it can be a good idea when you are shooting at an animal that is between 5-20 yards away in very thick brush/cover.
It is always a good idea to take a supported shooting position whenever possible. Support can come in the form of a tree, shooting sticks, and other things. A tree can offer quite a bit of support because there will most likely be lots of them where you are hunting and there is almost always one within reach.
The kneeling shooting position is not as easy and quick to assume as the standing position, but it is close. When it is done properly, this position can provide you with quite a bit of stability. The bad thing about taking this position is that just one of your elbows is supported, which is never ideal when hunting.
You will most likely end up using the kneeling position when you do not have a lot of time to take a shot, or if it is necessary to shoot over some brush that is obscuring the target.
When you are taking the kneeling position, you will put your dominant side knee flush to the ground at about a 90 degree angle from your other knee. Turn your dominant side foot so most of it touches the ground, making sure to sit on your foot.
This will provide you with adequate stability when you need to take a quick shot at a target or aim through grass or brush to shoot it.
The sitting position will take more time to get into than the kneeling position, but it can be tremendously beneficial because of the level of stability it offers. Your line of sight will be a little bit lower when you are sitting as opposed to kneeling, but you should still be able to see your target over most objects that will obscure it.
The sitting position is usually taken when there is plenty of time to prepare for a shot, but circumstances do not always allow for this. The one big benefit of the sitting position over the kneeling position is that both of your elbows will be adequate supported.
To take this position, you will simply sit down with your legs crossed, pulling both legs to your body as close as possible. The whole idea behind this position is that you want to be as close to the ground as you can.
The prone position is by far the slowest one to get into, but it offers the most stability by far. Because you will be so close to the ground in this position, it will be easy to hide from animals so you don’t get spotted.
If there is any brush or grass obscuring the target, however, it can be difficult to see past it and get a clear shot. Simply get into position as if you are going to do a push-up behind your rifle and slowly lower your body to the ground.