Although it’s always a fun challenge to embark on, taking down waterfowl can be a difficult task…at least at first. However, it is much easier to find success once you’ve gained experience. There’s no such thing as too much practice, and the more experience you have, the more successful you’ll be. So how can you increase your odds for success?
Firstly, it’s recommended that you go to the range as often as possible during the preseason to refurbish or improve your current skill set. One of the main techniques for hunting waterfowl is to take time between shots and never rush them. As soon as you start firing away aimlessly, your odds of hitting your target go way down.
Another area where shots are often missed is when the target is coming right at you. Some consider these risky shots, and may even rush it, but it’s actually a relatively easy shot. For these types of shots, the key to hitting your target is by blotting them out and then firing, simple as that! There is no mechanical system for figuring and holding proper leads. It’s all instinct.
When tracking a bird, focus on the front of the target (ex: look for the bird’s eye for estimation), swing the gun and allow your mental computer to calculate the right amount of lead. It’s like throwing a rock through a rolling tire. You don’t think about lead. You just look at the tire, and throw the rock, and your internal processor automatically determine how far to lead it. It’s the same with shooting waterfowl.
One of the best places to hunt for waterfowl is at Watson’s Kaby Lodge. The have a wide variety of waterfowl that is resident and migrating. They also have plenty of Ruffled Grouse that are resident or passing through. For more information, please contact them today.