Scientists have found that the sight of a wet-your-pants whitetail can send a hunter’s pulse from a normal resting rate of 68 beats per minute to 172 in a matter of seconds. But unless you know a doctor who will give you a big shot of adrenaline directly in the heart, we’ll have to fake it.
Place a big-buck target 100 yards away. Any shooting position is allowed. Place lots of brush and branches in front of the target, but leave a small opening for the heart-lung area.
You have to take this test during the last five minutes of shooting light, because that’s when the big ones show up. If the sun sets at, say, 6 p.m., you have five minutes from 5:55 to get off one shot, and one shot only. But this is not all. You have to run as fast as you can from 100 yards away to wherever you will shoot from. Leave your rifle at the firing point. The wind sprint is to get your heart rate up where it would be in real life.
Rig up a 60-pound pack and trot for 200 yards before you shuck the pack and shoot.
A Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun in .45/70, a classic whitetail rifle. Any scope of 4X or less will do.