Here we share general hunting advice plus tips to help you with your shooting aim. Practice makes perfect and 'getting your eye in' in advance will make your opening morning much more successful!
Unless birds are flying directly toward or away form you, you’ll need to ‘lead’ them. As birds are moving quickly when you shoot, if you just point the gun at the bird and pull the trigger you’ll miss! The birds will have flown out of the spot by the time the shot reaches that position. Instead, imagine you’re painting the bird out with a brush; swing the gun from behind the bird, following its flight path, and shoot when the muzzle leads the bird. Remember to keep the gun swinging after you’ve pulled the trigger to complete the ‘stroke’. An old and useful saying is, “It’s better miss ahead than behind”. Pre-season clay bird shoots are held throughout the country, and getting you eye in at these events will make your opening morning much more successful!
Most new shooters take their shot far too early. The effective range of a shot gun is 40metres, and shooting at birds beyond this range generally only scares them off. Practise estimating ranges by judging when an object is 40 metres away (say a post or plant) and then stepping it out. Do this regularly and you’ll start shooting in range.
THE RIGHT LOCATION
THE RIGHT APPROACH
TIMING AND WEATHER