One thing about a pheasant is you have a better chance of killing it when it is upward or crossing. Once it flattens out and is going away you are shooting at < I have seen where the shot glances of the birds back, and does penetrate enough to knock them down. You have to break a wing or hit something vital to bring them down. Pen birds seem to climb more out of the hole, wild birds don't give you that chance. They jump farther out and stay low and flat to the cover. Being slow on wild birds is a problem.
Yup- also where I go to brush up on my swearing techniques.
Originally Posted by Ken Bora
Good excuse creation exercise as well regards
I used to shoot in a trap league. I was(am) just an average shot. I asked one of the clubs best shots one time how to get better at it. He told me when that I wear out my second reloader I'd be good.
On my swing through I was always taught, Butt...Bird...Beak...BOOM!
I hunt Pheasants at least 4 times a week and have been harvesting several on a days hunt at our game club. From my personal experience when shooting pheasants 7 1/2 are good early in the season but 6s are much better in the late season. I use a skeet choke in my upper barrel and full choke in the lower. 71/2 upper barrel and 6 in the lower barrel. Next thing that is important is what is my leed on the bird? Cross shot follow up on the bird and fire when you are on the head! Do not stop your swing or you will miss. Going away shot is just like a rifle shot apple on a fence post. It is not necessary to leed a pheasant by much as you shot travels at 1200 feet per second and most shots are with in 40 yds!
Good Luck and good hunting
Follow through , Live birds or clay targets. Head on stock and track the bird or target after the shot. Many new shooters come out of the gun (pick head off stock) a split second early and shoot over the target.
Just shot 200 rnds at Sporting Clays today..
20stations,,, 10 birds at each station
Score was 165
Pretty good for me..
I found the more I thought about (tracked) the shot,, the more often I would drop(miss) the bird.
Sporting Clays are a great game,, You are presented with many different angles and speeds with the targets. many times Incomming,, Many times from behind you and droppin in on you like ducks.. Some come from elevated Platforms,, and simulate sky bustin ducks:):):)
I shot with my Son, who I havent seen in over a year,,,
Wanna be a better shot??? PRACTICE,, PRACTICE,, PRACTICE
By no means am I a great shot. But one thing that i do occasionally is take my shotgun either outside or in the house (gun is empty) and with the gun mounted try and follow either the crown molding inside or maybe even the edge of a distance roof outside. I try and run my bead down the edge of either without pulling off and staying as level as possible.
Common mistake is to take your head off the stock to see if you hit the target/bird. You end up shooting low and behind.
Originally Posted by Bob Walton
And what do you do when it is a small black disc with orange paint?;) But I must say you do well at Sporting Clays so I better take your advice.
Originally Posted by Broadbill