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#5960302 - 10/04/15 01:27 PM Practice
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About 35% of my Dove hunters are pretty decent shots. The other 65% are lucky to average 2-3 birds per box. I've been telling them for years to go shoot at least a couple of rounds of clays before they come, but most never do. I had 2 guys here this weekend that shot 16 boxes of shells and killed 32 birds.
I guess I don't understand why these guys don't seem to want to become better shots.
I was having trouble this year and spent 10 minutes and 1 box of shells with an instructor and he saw my problem right off. I adjusted my shooting with crossing clays and was busting 2 out of 3.
Do yourself a favor guys, if your having trouble, ask for help. It'll make your hunting more enjoyable.


Edited by Stompy (10/04/15 01:28 PM)
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#5960335 - 10/04/15 02:01 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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I think some guys just like pulling the trigger on birds but not clays. 16 boxes lol. I take 2 boxes with me. If I can't kill 15 with 50 shots I'm not going to stay out there and just waste them
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#5960359 - 10/04/15 02:15 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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You'd figure by the time they went through a couple boxes they'd figure it out.

I've shot a limit this year with less than a box and I've also shot a limit with 2+ boxes. I probably average 1.5

My shooting varies day to day. Wind speed and direction are also a big factor.

I don't normally shoot clays before the season but if I was only going to get a hand full of hunts in I would definitely get in a little pre season practice.

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#5960371 - 10/04/15 02:24 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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I've never shot at a clay in my life.
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#5960382 - 10/04/15 02:30 PM Re: Practice [Re: Fooshman]
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Originally Posted By: Fooshman
I've never shot at a clay in my life.

Well, maybe your a good shot. I'm talking about the guys that struggle.
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#5960444 - 10/04/15 03:13 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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The hardest shot for me is the ones that fly up behind you. By the time you see'um their almost out of range and moving. When I have a quick shot like those, i don't follow through. The few that came across or from the front were not an issue.
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#5960458 - 10/04/15 03:20 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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As fast as they were moving yesterday afternoon , everyone struggled with that shot. Chris you're a good shot, you just had a bit of an off day yesterday under tough condition.
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#5960520 - 10/04/15 04:12 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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Most guys i have seen in the field pick up their guns and move like a pinata way too early, that will make shots 55 yards instead of inside 20. They will shoot and miss, without swinging their guns, thats another thing.
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#5960523 - 10/04/15 04:14 PM Re: Practice [Re: Slimpickin]
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Originally Posted By: Slimpickin
The hardest shot for me is the ones that fly up behind you. By the time you see'um their almost out of range and moving. When I have a quick shot like those, i don't follow through. The few that came across or from the front were not an issue.


The ones passing behind you, let them pass and shoot 1 ft below them. U will hit them.
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#5960551 - 10/04/15 04:29 PM Re: Practice [Re: beaversnipe]
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Originally Posted By: beaversnipe
Most guys i have seen in the field pick up their guns and move like a pinata way too early, that will make shots 55 yards instead of inside 20. They will shoot and miss, without swinging their guns, thats another thing.


Yep.

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#5960634 - 10/04/15 05:22 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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I think my worst shot is them scooting away from me at a slight angle and shooting at their butts.
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#5960668 - 10/04/15 05:46 PM Re: Practice [Re: Fooshman]
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Originally Posted By: Fooshman
I think my worst shot is them scooting away from me at a slight angle and shooting at their butts.
That's a favorite for me. Grew up quail hunting. Coming right at me I hate because the always cut a dido one way or the other and I choose wrong.
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#5960697 - 10/04/15 06:08 PM Re: Practice [Re: Stompy]
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Originally Posted By: Stompy
About 35% of my Dove hunters are pretty decent shots. The other 65% are lucky to average 2-3 birds per box. I've been telling them for years to go shoot at least a couple of rounds of clays before they come, but most never do. I had 2 guys here this weekend that shot 16 boxes of shells and killed 32 birds.
I guess I don't understand why these guys don't seem to want to become better shots.
I was having trouble this year and spent 10 minutes and 1 box of shells with an instructor and he saw my problem right off. I adjusted my shooting with crossing clays and was busting 2 out of 3.
Do yourself a favor guys, if your having trouble, ask for help. It'll make your hunting more enjoyable.


Practice won't help those numbers. Need instruction. Numbers will go up huge. How many good golfers never take lessons? hammer
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#5960702 - 10/04/15 06:11 PM Re: Practice [Re: Fooshman]
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Originally Posted By: Fooshman
I think my worst shot is them scooting away from me at a slight angle and shooting at their butts.


Your heads off gun or not blacking bird out w barrel. Overhead- gotta lead separate and keep moving barrel. Wasn't very good at that shot until started shooting clays
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#5960711 - 10/04/15 06:14 PM Re: Practice [Re: Greekangler]
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Originally Posted By: Greekangler
Originally Posted By: Fooshman
I think my worst shot is them scooting away from me at a slight angle and shooting at their butts.


Wasn't very good at that shot until started shooting clays


Did you receive instruction?


Edited by Stompy (10/04/15 06:14 PM)
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