Shooting Gazette - - Shooting Advice -

Many peo­ple, dur­ing a flush of pheas­ants or when a covey of par­tridges bursts over a hedgerow, for­get that they can move. Peo­ple come to me say­ing they are fine shoot­ing birds over their heads but strug­gle with crossers. Apart from the ob­vi­ous re­quire­ment of es­tab­lish­ing the cor­rect lead and line, the next most com­mon fault to shoot­ing these birds is foot­work, or lack of it.

At Lady’s Wood, as with any other good game shoot­ing school, we have the fa­cil­i­ties to teach Guns the cor­rect way to move on the peg. This is greatly aided by the lack of shoot­ing cages. On our small and high tow­ers we can sim­u­late birds from all man­ner of dif­fer­ent heights, speeds, an­gles and dis­tances which all equate to you the gun, be­ing bet­ter pre­pared for the peg.

When a bird presents it­self to ei­ther your left or right you must step to­ward it with your lead­ing foot and step far enough around so your shoul­ders and lead­ing foot are point­ing to­wards the place you wish to shoot it. Eas­ier said than done.

A good way to prac­tise this away from the shoot­ing school is dur­ing your five-minute pre-shoot drills. You can step to alternate sides from the cen­tral po­si­tion of be­ing an­gled to the cor­ner the room and step, mount and swing — with the swing fol­low­ing the line of where the ceil­ing meets the wall. Tim­ing of the step, mount and swing is very im­por­tant and will take some prac­tice. Though the drills at home are good, there is no sub­sti­tute for be­ing guided through the process by an ex­pe­ri­enced game coach.

If you don't place your feet cor­rectly, you will strug­gle to step into the swing.

Your lead­ing foot and shoul­ders should point to­ward your tar­get.

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