- Shooting Stage – Squeezing off rounds is the highlight. Target practice helps take the edge off along with varmint hunting. Blam, blam … this stage is a blast.
- Limiting Out Stage – Skill and perseverance come into play, but a narrow viewpoint on the sport prevails.
- Trophy Stage – Advancing from quantity to a quest for quality, the hunter becomes more selective.
- Method Stage – Adding challenge or intrigue to the hunt, the sportsman might tackle rougher terrain, seek warier quarry or switch from a long-range rifle to a short-range bow or muzzleloader.
- Sportsman Stage – Measuring a hunt by the total experience, not just a singular goal. A hunter in this stage will avoid unethical situations, pass up uncertain shots and agree that “a bad day hunting is better than a good day at work.”
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