QDo you have any tips on judging distance when shooting driven game? Other people seem to instinctively know whether a bird is 30 yards or 40 yards up, but I really struggle with this.
AWILL EDWARDS replies: Don’t panic. Trust me, there are plenty of others out there who struggle to judge the height of a bird’s flight, and most would never admit it.
Now, it’s easy enough to pace out various distances on foot – one good stride is about a yard – but that’s on the horizontal; what about the vertical? It's a bit tricky unless you happen to be Spider-Man, but fear not! I have a couple of great ways to overcome this.
If you have a friend that owns a laser rangefinder then you can use it to tell you the distance of objects. I’ve borrowed one for the same reason. I’ve stood below and locked it onto my local church spire (42 yards), our farm’s grain storage hopper (28 yards), the high towers at various shooting grounds, etc. It’s great at helping you to mentally build up a picture library of distances.
You can use the internet to find out the height of buildings in your locality – for example, Nelson's column is 56 yards. I’m sure you get my drift…