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5 Tips for Early Season Ducks 

Waterfowling is all about the details.
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Let Instinct Take Over When Figuring Lead

Having the right lead is essential in wing-shooting, but it's hard to learn leads. Each shot is different in terms of the angle and speed of the target. Some shots are head-on, some going away, and some passing at a 90-degree angle. If you have to consciously think about how much to lead a bird, you're probably going to miss. Instead, let instinct take over. Concentrate on focusing on your target and simply following it with your shotgun. Your brain will automatically figure how much lead to hold, and if your gun fits properly and you have good shooting form, you will connect. Yes, this sounds too easy, but this instinctive shooting method really works. Focus on the other shooting fundamentals, and lead will take care of itself.

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