Get the low down on rabbits
QI have a love hate relationship with bolting rabbits: sometimes I can hit every one, only to miss a bucket load at the next club shoot. A pal says I should shoot the ground underneath the clay because the dirt, if not the shot, will break the target. Does he have a point?
John says: I’ve heard other shooters say the same thing but “kicking up a dust storm” only works if the forward allowance you give the target is correct. No amount of debris is going to help if the rabbit is missed too far in front or a close shave behind.
Trying to shoot the imaginary legs off a bolting clay might help someone with a tendency to miss high, but this ploy simply masks a basic fault in technique.
If you adopt the right approach there’s little chance of shooting over the top of this target. Keep your weight well over the front foot and lean forward slightly from the waist as you address the target.
As extra insurance, hold the gun muzzles really low to the track of the rabbit, mount into the line of the target and keep your head on the stock. Bingo!
Keep your weight well over the front foot and lean forward slightly Kicking up a dust storm only works if your forward allowance is correct