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Four Time-Tested Tips for Hunting Dabblers

These essentials can help you improve your calling, decoys, concealment & shooting.
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  • Use short, low quacks to bring birds into gun range
  • Muddy water = food in the minds of ducks
  • Cover every inch in camo
  • Let instinct take the lead

 

4. Let Instinct Take Over When Figuring Lead

Many hunters concern themselves with holding the proper lead on ducks, and, for sure, having the right lead is necessary for clean kills. However, it's hard to learn leads. Each shot is different in terms of flight angle and speed. Some shots are head-on, some going away, some passing at 90 degrees. Some shots are at ducks floating in slowly or hovering over decoys, while others are at birds crossing at full speed. If you have to consciously think about how much lead to hold, you're probably going to miss.

Let your instinct lead

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 overly simple, but this instinctive method of achieving proper lead really works. Focus on the other shooting fundamentals, and lead will take care of itself.

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