With the cooler weather, and the leaves changing, it could only mean one thing.............Watch out you upland game. Pheasants, Quail, Grouse, Huns, Chukar, and a ton more of the birds we love to hunt. I always get a question or two that says, " I can hit clay targets great.........how come I miss so may birds"? Well, the answer is not so simple, but I will give you some reasons for missing.
1. When the bird flushes, what do you look at? My guess, the end of the gun, where that bright bead is. WRONG! What are you trying to hit? The bird flying away. Shooting is an eye-hand coordination game. When catching a fly ball in baseball, what do you watch, the glove or the ball.........better be the ball......or you are in for a cold pack for your noggin. Same thing here.......let your eyes see the target, your brain process the info your eyes see, and send it to your hands which will move the barrel with the target. Look at the end of the gun.............THE GUN STOPS, but your target does not.
2. What does your brain say when the bird flushes. OMG, FAST, HURRY, IT'S GETTING AWAY, YOU'RE TO SLOW, RUSH RUSH RUSH. Think of this.....Bird 40 mph, shot charge of #5 Prairie Storm 12ga. 750 mph. Who wins...........? Not the bird. Slow down, you have more time than you think........see your target well, and get that gun to the position it needs to be to put that bird in your dogs mouth.
3. When that bird flushes...........what is the first thing you do? Pick your gun up right? Need that to kill the bird. Well, if the bird goes directly away from you, great, but, 90% of the time if goes left or right. If you pick the gun straight up, the bird has a head start on your gun, and you must chase the target, (bird), as if fly's away, wasting time, and getting further away from you. Try this.........when the bird goes left or right, turn from the hips as your gun comes up. When the gun finally hits your cheek, where is the target? Right at the end of your barrel, because you moved WITH the bird, not away from it, and then had to chase. Try it in front of a mirror at home. Trust me, it works like a charm.
So if you are missing a few birds.............try these tips. Still struggling, give me a call, and we'll help you out. Good hunting.
Posted by Tom on Sept. 19, 2012, 10:08 p.m.