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Author:  jacksdad [ Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Quartering away accelerating bird....i struggle!

I'm used to shooting at ducks that are coming at me and decelerating. Got my first try at preserve phez and chukar recently and loved it but damn if there aren't plenty of quartering away shots!

So where do you point the gun on these birds? I struggle with this shot both in clays and now apparently birds. Appreciate any insight.

Author:  Texas Yankee [ Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:47 pm ]
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I would recommend two things, a trip to the patterning board if you haven't done that and maybe consider taking a lesson with someone on the SC range and work on those particular presentations. A qualified second set of eyes can make a big difference in what you put on the plate and what your scores are.
Happy Holiday,

Author:  Chip Kolar [ Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:51 pm ]
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Cut your lead on fast quatering birds. If I miss a quartering bird I cut my lead in 1/2. This is hard for me to do but I work at it for no other reason than to get my shooting buddies to stop laugh at me (my missing). My basic philosophy in life is...if some is good more is better...it doesn't work on quatering birds. Be Blessed. Chip

Author:  birdshooter [ Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:27 pm ]
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Assuming that gun fit is not an issue.

On every quartering bird whether deep or shallow angle the lead is decreasing the farther the bird travels. There are different methods to shoot quartering away birds e.g. swing thru, pull away etc.. While one may work for one person it may not for another.

The perfect place to practice these methods/ quartering shots is a typical skeet field. For left to rights, start on station 1 which is mostly just a going away target and advance around thru stations 2 and maybe 3 for a deep angle. Then for right to lefts start at 7 and go backwards thru 6. Don't advance till you feel comfortable with any one spot.

For real birds try focusing on the head, don't look at the whole bird or try to measure a lead. Whether coming to the bird from behind or inserting the barrel right to the birds head keep the eyes locked on the head. The eyes dictate where the barrel will go and unless your presented with a longish crossing bird you will do best to focus solely on the head. Trust your eyes. Wingshooting is more instinctual than clay shooting as the exact location the bird as it flushes may not be known until it's airborne.

Good luck.

Author:  VictorGK [ Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:48 am ]
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If you are spot on with a straight away to quartering pheasant you get an explosion of feathers and due to the boney backside the bird keeps on flying. You need a small lead as you would on the trap field.
Just got back from a hunt and the guy who went with me commented that he used to be unable to hit a pheasant but now he seldom misses due to taking some clay lessons from Dan Carlisle.
May wish to check out Dan's Secret of the Triangle.

Author:  jacksdad [ Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:47 pm ]
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thanks I will check out Dan's concept.

Author:  T-roy 120 [ Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:35 am ]
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I used to pass shoot wood ducks on the river a lot when I was young. When I was doing that a lot and switched gears to jump shooting small creeks and ponds I got a lot of quartering away shots that I missed most of the time. I noticed when I got surprised by a duck and I just swung and shot they would always fall. I finally figured out I was pulling the trigger as I pulled through and they would fall. Before I was pulling the trigger when I saw the pass shooting sight picture and was shooting WAY out in front of them.

Author:  1100 Remington Man [ Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:07 pm ]
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Shoot Trap is my practice for Pheasants. Good Hunting

Author:  martw [ Fri May 11, 2018 12:06 pm ]
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Lots of good advice here. Post 2, 3, 5 and 6 on skeet will give you lots of good quartering angle practice. Trap will give you plenty of quartering shots.

Author:  shortgrub [ Wed May 16, 2018 7:11 pm ]
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Slow down for one thing then remember quartering birds require very little on him...I agree that you
could not find a better practice than skeet for upland hunting.

Author:  750k2 [ Thu May 17, 2018 3:40 am ]
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Find a skeet field - High 2and 3 and low 5 and 6

Author:  J.T. Guitar [ Thu May 17, 2018 6:57 am ]
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Quartering Pheasants are accelerating, but quartering Clays are slowing unless thrown downhill. My guess is you are giving them too much lead. I’d suggest trying the “4 B’s” method of swing-through... Butt, Body, Beak, Bang and I’m betting you’ll start smacking them. Happy shooting!

Author:  jacksdad [ Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:00 am ]
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Thanks again all for the advice. Will put it to good use this year. Bird time is getting a little closer every day!

Author:  Pine Creek/Dave [ Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:47 pm ]
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jacksdad,

After teaching Grouse gunning for many years I find the most bird hunters miss their birds by shooting behind them. My advise is to make sure you are out in front of the bird, and use some 1300 FPS shells, especially if you are downing most all your other bird shots. Don't over think your bird gunning, see the bird shoot the bird.

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith man

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Author:  oyeme [ Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:46 pm ]
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[quote="jacksdad"]I'm used to shooting at ducks that are coming at me and decelerating. Got my first try at preserve phez and chukar recently and loved it but damn if there aren't plenty of quartering away shots!

So where do you point the gun on these birds? [color=#0000FF]I struggle with this shot both in clays and now apparently birds. Appreciate any insight.

Prior to going grouse hunting every year. I dress in my hunting vest and gloves and shoot Wobble Trap from a field carry position. It really helps simulate a flushing bird. You can do the same with regular ATA trap but it is not as good because the angles and height are less than on a Wobble Trap.

As I get used to my field gun, I even practice calling for the target as I walk in place. Everything to make it as close to a field hunting shot as possible. Anyone that sees me must thing I have gone batty but I don't care. Good luck!

Author:  Pine Creek/Dave [ Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:32 pm ]
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oyeme,

Great practice for sure, after you get real good at that set up, start shooting true doubles with your 28 gauge double gun, starting from the gun down safe on position. Let the puller throw the birds without you calling. Your instinctive bird gunning will improve greatly.

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

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