If you have taken to heart the practice drills we’ve covered on flushing or outgoing birds, then the jump to the incoming birds will not be that difficult. When doing clinics on incoming shots, we separate the incoming bird into two categories — passing or decoying. These can be any bird except the flushing species such as quail, grouse or woodcock, which typically flush and then get back on the ground and “run like the dickens” to get away! Continue reading Getting Better at Incoming/Passing Birds
While there are a variety of different flushing birds, and each could offer its own set of circumstances from terrain to different dog work, in most all flushing instances the bird is going away from the hunter. While each species varies in speed, they could differ greatly in line and distance from where they flush.
Perhaps the most common flushing birds in the U.S. are quail and pheasant with perdiz in South America. In any flushing situation, the dog work can make or break a great hunt from the pointing side of the flush to the retrieving side of the shot. When approaching the point, always focus on something at a distance, not on the dogs. Keeping your eyes very still and focused on something 30 to 50 yards out in front of the dogs allows you to pick up the movement of the flushing bird in your periphery and allows a much quicker move to focus on one of the birds. Once you have focused on one bird, move and mount your gun to the bird inserting just a touch underneath it. As soon as you know the direction of the bird, move the muzzles up just in front of the bird and take the shot. Continue reading Shooting Flushing Birds…In the Field Tips!
Future SCI President, Paul Babaz, like many of the rest of us, began his hunting carrier as a boy on small game such as rabbits and squirrels and ducks in south Louisiana. This evolved into his passion of big game hunting all over the world and eventually as does happen with many of us as we age his passion turned to quail hunting something he says he just loves to do. Last year he and Joe Hosmer (past President of Safari Foundation) were on a quail hunt Continue reading Shotgun Tips & Tricks – The New Grand Slam
What happens when you take two new shotgun models by Mossberg to an upland bird hunting Mecca? The bag gets filled with pheasant, chukar, quail and Hungarian partridge; and there are a lot of crunched sporting clays targets along the way. Continue reading Mossberg Shines At Highland Hills