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Shotgun Shooting Tips


One important thing for to remember as gun keepers know the working mechanisms of your gun particularly how the safety works the gun. Before holding your gun in your hand in a field gun satisfy yourself with its use and with its safety. Typically what you want for hunting one of the things about a field gun is every time it is closed and the safety automatically goes on once the safety is on it should not be taken off unless it’s in the process of the shot as you start to mount your gun. As you mount the gun safety off shot taken gun broken returned to a safe position I think it’s very important that we as gamekeepers remember that shotgun and shooting is very much a hand I coordinated sports. More like tennis or golf or baseball, it’s not at all like shooting a rifle or shooting a pistol. Where you’re aiming it is very important that you know the proper stance and you want your stance to be inside the frame of your body you.

Shotgun tips:

Don’t apart your feet any more than shoulder-width apart if you’re a right-handed shooter you want the left foot pointing somewhat in the direction that you think you may be shooting. When mounting the shotgun you into very deliberate motions you’re walking up dogs going point your shells or in you close your gun you then come through the alert position. By the alert position I mean being alongside the trigger guard gun not quite tucked up under your arm. Once the birds flush you want to make the second motion you want to mount and swing all at the same time it is very important that when you’re mounting you’re focused on the target you bring the gun to your face you get your nose over toes. Safety all swing and fire bring the gun back to a safe position and break it open you should not be looking at the bead or the barrel of the gun you should have your focus on the target. And it will take time once you get to focus on the target you want to learn to focus on one spot on the target and that will help to ensure the accuracy of your shot. For the best accuracy, you should use any scope so you can hit the right target as Hunting Mark reviewed some top picks.

These are the beginning tips for using the shotgun on hunts but it needs lots of practice. Keep practicing to achieve your goal.


Duck Hunting Tips

Understanding Chokes and Loads

Hi, I am going to talk about shot size selection and reasons behind why we choose different size shots for different scenarios. We have shot sizes on average ranging from number 2 number 4 and BB. Those are going to be your most popular size shot they’re going to use hunting ducks and geese. When we look at what we’re going to be hunting, we choose what size shot we’re going to use. One of the reasons we choose different shot sizes is because of the kinetic energy that each of the pellets carries.


When you have BB size pallets, it’s going to carry more kinetic energy per pallet, but you’re going to have less pallets.


When you go down to a number 4 you’re going to have less kinetic energy per pallet, but you’ve got more pallets. So when you’re hunting in a situation like out of a layout boat or you’ve got smaller birds are there moving fast. We want to use a shot size, like a number 4. It doesn’t have the kinetic energy, but you have more shot in your pattern. It feels around the edges lot more. So if you’re off just a little bit and that duck is actually ending up in on the edge of your shot pattern. You have more of a chance of being able to hit a vital area.

shot sizes

When we hunt geese. You have a bigger bird. You need more kinetic energy behind your shot because their skin is denser, it takes a lot more to penetrate and to make a clean kill. So we use the BB. In the middle, you’ve got your number 2, Mallards in a cornfield we use number 2 you’re sacrificing the amount of kinetic energy you have with typically those shots are going to be a little bit closer.


So you can go to a number 2 shot, and you kind have the best both worlds. You’re sacrificing a little bit of the kinetic energy but also gaining lot more pallets in that shot show.


Now once you select your shot size and you want to move into determining what kind of choke tube you want to use. You have to look at your situation. If you’re in a situation where you’re in a cornfield you’re going to have birds at 15-20 yards they’re going to be close-range to mid-range shots. You want to use mid-range choke tube an improved cylinder choke tube. Where your shot pattern is going to open up a lot faster and a lot wider. But on the contrary, you would want a tiger choke in situations where those birds just kind of work the way you wanted to. You’re going to have to end up with that 40-yard shot.


So you want to leave yourself open to the option of being able to switch out to a full choke or a long-range choke tube something like that, with those Ducks which scared at the edge of the decoys. Nothing you can do about it it’s just that kind of day we’ve all been there where no matter what you do with the decoys no matter what you doing the winds the blinds and the calling and everything else you’re going to have those days where those 40 yard shots and just going to be necessary. And you might want to switch out to a full choke or an extended range choke tube something like that. That’s going to give you the advantage of being able to carry that tire pattern out just a little bit further.


These tips are just personal preference remembers to look at your situation and take into consideration your shot size you choke tube selection. Spend some time at the range pattern in your gun, see what works best for your gun and in the different situations that you’re in.