Heading out into the deer woods with a rifle over your shoulder or a bow in hand has long been a favorite pas time. Now, heading out with a handgun on the hip is becoming increasingly popular as hunters seek another type of challenge while hunting deer. The kind folks at www.huntinglandwisconsin.com were nice enough to invite us down to hunt this last fall on a peace of prime real estate up in Buffalo County county near Osseo, WI.
What’s unique about this 300 acre plot of hunting property is that it is strictly handgun only. There’s a nice little handgun range on the property where we were able to sight in our 44 mags a couple days before heading out.
When it comes to deer hunting with handguns, scopes are vital for a clean kill unless one is extremely proficient with using open sights at ranges out to 50 yards and beyond. All of the hunting stands we were in were specifically designed for hand gun use. The cross bars were placed to allow fast and efficient forearm stabilization, resulting in nice sturdy holds on target.
This is crucial when shooting these heavy, large caliber pistols at longer ranges. The last thing any of us wanted to do was injury a whitetail, and the shooting rests were great confidence builders. Since handguns are smaller, you can move more quickly, with less obvious motion for the deer to detect.
In the badger state it is illegal to hunt deer on any land using a semi-automatic hand gun. Revolvers are not only safer, but the long barrels tend to be more accurate, and the larger calibers like the .357 and .44 mags really pack a punch. Hit a deer in the shoulder blade with too small of a caliber weapon and you could have a wounded animal on your hands. Restricting use to only larger caliber handguns helps to avoid this issue.
With 3 of us hunting the property for 3 days, 2 of us nailed nice bucks. Not too shabby for our first time out with handguns.
Landscaping Rock Or Gun Safe?
Many folks like the idea of being able to hide a handgun outside on their property in case of emergencies. Up until now this has been extremely difficult. A company has designed a fake landscaping rock which looks real, yet is actually a gun safe. The underside of the rock has a key hole for access, and once inside the weapon is protected in a waterproof lock box with an automatic trigger lock mechanism.