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You may not see the similarities, but hunting has a lot of the same techniques as chess. Chess can be a cat and mouse game, just like hunting. If you plan your moves the right way, at the end you can stand over your target and in your head just say “check mate”, meaning your target is out of the game. Let me go a little more in depth with this and help you understand what I am trying to say.

How Chess Is Played

In the beginning of the game, you have 16 “targets” or pieces. Each one of these pieces has its own specific pattern it is allowed to go in. The opponent moves his piece towards you and you make a rebutt. Whenever you make the proper move and take your opponent’s piece, it is then out of the game and you have 15 other pieces left. Sometimes this game can take hours or even days, just like hunting. When you have one target that keeps getting away, you keep going after it. You and your opponent can chase each other around the board while escaping “death”. Sometimes, it ends in a draw, when there are just no more moves left to make and there is no winner or sometimes people give up just because it has taken way too long.

How Hunting Is Played

Hunting takes a little more preparation than chess does. You need to buy your gun, license, gear, then you have to put it all on and pick a hunting spot. Chess, all you do it set up the 32 pieces and it may cost you a few dollars. Anyway, when you go out into the wild to get your first “check mate”, you need to find a spot that has obvious tracks. You set up your tree stand and climb up, unless you choose to just sit at the base of a tree. Once you see your target, like chess, you can choose to take it out or make another move and let that target live for a little while longer, especially if you see a bigger and better target, such as the King in chess. Why go after a pawn when you can have the king?

How Are They Related?

Chess and hunting both have their own targets, one more than the other usually. Both games involve strategy and precise movements. You can spend all day chasing a target around in both chess and hunting and at the end of the day, you either go home with nothing or with the King. Bot “games” are time consuming and are only successfully won if you know what you are doing.

Red Dot Sights & Other Gear

Unlike chess, hunting is made easier with the use of red dot sights. By this I mean that your target can be better seen and usually always taken out. In chess, that can’t be done, there is no quick way out unless you’re a pro going against a rookie. If you use a red dot in hunting, your target acquisition is spot on, your movements are precise, and it may only cost you a few extra dollars and knowing how to choose a red dot scope of which you can read more about here.