High-driven birds

Tony Bracci deals with high driven birds that can catch so many out

Sporting Gun - - Instruction Taking High Birds -

Ahigh driven tar­get is quite straight­for­ward, the shooter mov­ing the gun on the same line as the tar­get and giv­ing the re­quired lead and fol­low-through. But there are a few mis­takes to watch out for.

The eas­i­est place to shoot a high driven tar­get is when it is at its clos­est, just in front of or right above your head. The first mis­take to avoid is tak­ing the shot at your fullest extreme of swing, as it won’t al­low you to fol­low through ef­fec­tively or give you a chance of a sec­ond shot. Try to take the shot slightly in front to give you room to fin­ish the shot off smoothly on the right line.

If you can see the high driven tar­get com­ing from a long way away, hold your nerve and don’t mount too soon. If you mount too soon it gives you too much time on the tar­get and en­cour­ages you to look at the gun and mea­sure and miss. Let the tar­get come to you and al­low your­self enough time to shoot on three beats. One as you mount the gun, two as you swing and three as you fol­low through.

If you use the swing-through method, as many peo­ple do on this tar­get, don’t mount too far be­hind and slash through the tar­get. This may get you the odd tar­get, but to be con­sis­tent we need a smooth con­trolled swing. There is no magic gap to mount be­hind, you just don’t want to be spend­ing most of your swing be­hind the tar­get and not enough time in front. This, of course, doesn’t af­fect pull-away and main­tained-lead meth­ods.

“Hold your nerve and don’t mount too soon”

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