Gunstars Top Shooting & Hunting Tips
Here are Gunstar we can provide you with some general hunts tips and advice to help you get the perfect aim. The saying ‘Practice Makes Perfect and ‘Getting Your Eye In’ will make your morning shooting sessions much more appealing.
Leading is one of the most important things when it comes to shooting birds. If they aren’t flying directly towards you, 9 times out of 10 you will need to lead them. Birds are very quick species so if you are stupid enough to aim your barrel straight at the bird, I’m pretty sure you’re going to miss. The bird will not be in the same spot by the time the bullet reaches the area. The best way to work on this is to think that you are an artist. Think that you are painting a bird with a brush. Firstly you need to move the gun from behind the bird, moving towards where it is flying, i.e its flight path. You then shoot as the muzzle leads the bird. One things not to forget is to always keep swinging your firearm after you have pulled the trigger to complete the ‘brush stroke’. Remember the famous saying ‘It’s better to miss ahead than behind.
When people first start learning how to shot, they will take their shot too early; that’s a given. If you’re planning on shooting the bird first time with a Shotgun, the range is about 40 metres. Anything further than that, you are just going to scare the bird off and nobody wants to do that
Having the Perfect Spot
When shooting Game, they are found in an array of different locations; Woods, Moors. Ponds, rivers, lakes, streams, estuaries and sometimes drains. As farming has increased over the years and become more intense, you will properly find Shelducks & Mallards in crops and Pastures. Some Farms around the UK will hold weekly hunts around the Yard that will transport the riders around the various fields. If you’re feeling very adventurous you can hunt on a Boat. It will allow you to many different area that the public aren’t able to reach. Once you have hit you’re bird, make sure you mark them.
Having the Right Approach
When you have spotted an area that you like the look of, stay there for a while. Keep still and keep hidden. Any kind of movement will alert the birds and this isn’t good. Some shooters purchase a face mask to keep themselves covered. When searching for birds, only follow them with your eyes, excessive head movement could alert them even more. Always use a stealth approach. Try and use any cover you see. Always remain hidden from the prey. Most people who are unknown to shooting will become bored of their position and move too soon, always be patient.
The Right Timing and Working with the Weather
You can shoot game anytime of the day. Some people prefer to shoot early, some like in the evening; it’s usually down to preference. Dawn and Dusk are good times to hunt. Always get in position early. When it comes to the weather, again, any weather is possible to shoot in! if the skies are clear you will have a clear shot when shooting, however when the weather is bad it means you are guaranteed for some good shooting; this is being birds will go to big lakes when the wind is bad and when its hard at see the fly inland seeking shelter. When there have been floods (and by god we have had some) all birds fly looking for new paddocks and sheets of water so if you know that there is a storm brewing, be the first out with some decoys ready.
Having A Dog is a Great Asset
Using a dog by your side whilst hunting is a great asset. They can be a great retriever for shot birds, after all they’re very quick and saves you from running around the hunt. They are great to fishing out wounded game, flushing out lives ones and will always make a perfect companion all year round. The connection with animals is like no other and building that bond between a shooter and a dog is amazing. You can go to various gun training schools for your dog and many books you can purchase online. The main gun dog breeds are English Pointers, Golden Retrievers, English Setters, Cocker Spaniels & Standard Poodles