Does anyone else here tune up for deer season by hunting wood chicks or gophers with their deer guns? When I was just starting deer hunting and missed as real deer my dad told me if you want to get to be a better game shot to get more familiar with your gun. Come sum.er I started hunting woodchuck with a 20 gauge Ithica deerslayer with slugs. I got better at stalking and shooting. Been doing it for 50 years now. Now I use larger caliber rifles. If you can hit a woodchuck at 200 yards a deer is a piece of cake. Been using an open sighted ma user 7x57 this summer. Longest shot has been 175 yards but I think I am ready. I also use same ammo I use for deer.