This mistake isn’t specific to the peak rut, but it happens so often it’s important to mention. Taking a shot without checking your firearm is like rolling the dice. Many hunters only get out once or twice a year and, sadly, some don’t bother to sight-in their rifle or bow before the trip. This is a guaranteed recipe for disaster, and one to avoid during any season. Ethical hunters will always confirm their riflescope is on target, or their bow is tuned and the sight pins are dialled in. Wounding and losing an animal just shouldn’t be an option.