Well, with rifle season just beginning, be sure that your scope for your rifle is A. functional, and B. its sighted in properly!
Here's the scenario I recently experienced... I decided to go squirrel hunting last weekend, something I have not done in several years! So I walked across the road to a small patch of woods right across from my house between the old country road and a cotton field, which is PERFECT squirrel territory! Just as I entered the patch of woods, I sat down on a log with my Thermocell, I thank God for the inventor of THAT handy little device! Since I wasn't busy swatting mosquitoes away from my hands and face, I was able to sit still and wait for the furry little tree rodents to come out! It wasn't but about 5 minutes before I saw a big fat squirrel running up and down the tree right behind me! Now I realize it's only a small furry creature, but I still get all excited and a little bit shaky even...it's not as hyper as the feeling you get when you see a huge buck, but it's still exciting, nonetheless! So I calmed myself down, took a deep breath, let it out, focused right on the critter, slowly pulled the trigger, and Mr. Squirrel ran straight up to the top of the tree, turned around and gave me a real dirty look! I put my sights back on him, centered him, slowly pulled the trigger while all the time I'm thinking to myself, "I'll show you what dirty looks will get you, Mr. Squirrel! You are about to end up in my crock pot for supper!" Again, NOTHING! This time Mr. Squirrel glanced behind him, then I'm not sure but I think he threw a pecan at me! So I ended up shooting AT Mr. Squirrel 8 times and got nothing but a good fussing from him! Needless to say, I left the woods, head down and my tail tucked between my legs assuming since I have grown older, perhaps my eyesight has failed me!
After walking home I set up a target and realized it was NOT my eyesight, but my scope was damaged, causing it to shoot about a foot to the left! I decided at that point that Mr. Squirrel wasn't fussing at me, he was laughing at me! I went to Bass Pro and bought a new Nikon P-22 Rimfire AR Optic scope! It's a very nice scope, and Eddie even sighted my equipment in for me! All I can say is, "Mr. Squirrel, your laughing and pecan throwing days are numbered....because as Arnold Schwartzenegger says..."I'LL BE BACK!"
Bossier City, La.