In The Field

• A sling can be a nuisance when stalking or still-hunting in heavy cover, but a lifesaver on long hikes. Have sling swivel studs on your rifle and put them to good use.

• Carry extra ammo so it’s quiet and accessible. Cartridges carried loose in a coat pocket are accessible but can rattle, and any metallic sound can alarm game animals. My favorite carrier is a web belt slide holding seven cartridges, in addition to those in the rifle magazine.

• Generally I like to have 10 cartridges or so when in the field. Although in Africa where there can be multiple shooting opportunities on a long hike, I added a pouch with another 10 rounds. Never needed them, but few things are more useless than a firearm without ammunition. In one of Jim Corbett’s hunts for a man-eating tiger he wrote of carrying three (!) cartridges for his double .450-400. After all three were fired, the tiger was wounded but alive. Corbett had to borrow a rattletrap old shotgun from a villager to finish it. Don’t be Corbett.

• Take your time — fast. Remember the shot sequence doesn’t end when the shot is fired. It ends when you’re ready to fire again if necessary.