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Field Notes: Duck Gun: Wood Duck Shot

Phil Bourjaily demonstrates techniques for hitting fast-flying wood ducks.

Field Notes: Duck Gun: Shotgun Bead

Phil Bourjaily explains the different kinds of shotgun beads and how to use them.

Field Notes: Duck Gun: Checking Shotgun Fit

Phil Bourjaily shows us a simple technique to determine if your shotgun fits correctly.

DU TV Duck Gun: Gun repairs in the field

Phil Bourjaily, shotgun columnist for DU magazine, explains a few essential tools you should have with you to make minor gun repairs in the field.

Shotgunning: Shot Size Selection

A range of shot sizes will work for any bird. In fact, on the sides of ammo boxes there are little charts that offer different size recommendations. The following advice will help you narrow down those choices to pick the best size for your specific hunting needs.

Shotgunning: Five Shooting Tips for Waterfowlers

We all have days in the field that we wish we could do over. Like many shotgunners, I had honed my skills by standing up and shooting at going-away targets thrown from a trap at my feet. This was great practice for upland hunting, but it didn't help me learn the techniques I eventually had to master to consistently shoot ducks and geese. Following are five essential wingshooting skills that all waterfowlers should master.

Shotgunning: Taking Two

When the subject of shooting doubles arises, I'm always reminded of a friend who shot a Canada goose out of a flock passing over a Saskatchewan wheat field. He was swinging on another bird when the first one fell on his head, knocking him flat. Here's a quick course on the art and science of taking doubles on waterfowl. (By Phil Bourjaily)

DU TV Duck Gun Tip: Why We Miss

Phil Bourjaily, shotgun columnist for DU magazine, counts down the top five reasons duck hunters miss.

Sporting Clays for Waterfowlers

Bag more birds this fall by breaking more clays over the summer. By Curtis Niedermier. Illustrations By Mike Sudal.

Shotgunning: Snow Goose Guns

Choosing the right shotgun can increase your harvest during the conservation order. By Phil Bourjaily.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Don't look down the barrel

Having problems hitting decoying birds? Here's a few tips that might help you improve your shooting. Gil Ash of OSP Shooting Schools demonstrates why shotgunners shouldn't look down the barrel, nor at the bead.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Sporting clays, springing teal

Gil Ash, OSP Shooting School demonstrates how to hit the springing teal target on a sporting clays range.

NSSF Shooting Tips: Lead versus Gun Speed

Waterfowlers face varying shot angles and speeds, but by controlling your gun speed you can improve your shooting no matter the shot. Learn how to control your firearm's speed.

Q&A with Corey Cogdell

Corey Cogdell, U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal Winner in Trapshooting, takes some time to talk with Ducks Unlimited.

Shooting: Three Pointers from a Pro

The reality of waterfowl hunting is that everyone misses. Being able to overcome a miss involves confidence and a fundamental understanding of each shot.

Aaron Fraser Pass Remembered

Aaron Fraser Pass, who lost his battle with cancer in early April, left a rich legacy of fine writing and useful advice on topics pertaining to sporting arms and ammunition.

Changing Game

The baseline formula for good shooting on moving targets is well established.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Waterfowl hunters encounter a variety of shots that qualify as either "incomers" or "outgoers."

Tips to Break Bad Shooting Habits

Aaron Fraser Pass shares advice to break out of bad habits that affect many waterfowlers.

DU-TV Tip: Shoot Decoying Birds

DU-TV's Wade Bourne identifies the best tactics for shooting decoying ducks from several angles, and how to practice these shots at the range.

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