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10 Shooting Tips for Waterfowl

Shoot better and enjoy your hunting more with these tips up your sleeve
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  1. Make sure your shotgun fits
  2. Practice shooting in the preseason
  3. Don't get in a hurry
  4. Shoot one bird at a time
  5. Shoot the trailing bird in a flight
  6. Rely on instinct to calculate lead
  7. Don't stop swinging
  8. On long passing shots, lead more than you think you need to
  9. When waterfowl are coming head on, blot them out and fire
  10. Attend a shooting school

by Wade Bourne

Making a good shot is one of the great joys in waterfowl hunting. Indeed, shooting is the pinnacle of this sport. Everything else - scouting, building blinds, setting decoys, calling, everything – is a lead-up to that moment when you shoulder your gun and fire. Making a clean kill gives you an immediate sense of pride in a job well done.

So, how do you become a good shot? How can you convert misses into hits? What can you do to improve your accuracy and hold your own with more seasoned shooters in the blind or pit?

Good shooting is a mix of coordination, concentration and confidence. Good shooting is more instinctive than mechanical. It's a skill that is honed through adept coaching and lots of practice, similar to other athletic endeavors.

Here's a list of 10 tips for becoming a better shot on ducks and geese. Put these suggestions into practice and you'll shoot better and enjoy your hunting more.

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