portahunter wrote:I need help. I can't seem to hit the ducks to save my life this year. I shot just about ever shell there is out of my 870 this year and can't hit anything. Can't hit anything with other guns too. Federal Ultrashoks are working the best for me but even then I'm shooting way more shells per duck than I was last year. I was assassinating the ducks last year with the same gun and this year I can't hit squat. I've had marginal luck on geese with regular steel. 8 of my 13 geese this year came from shooting a box of Dead Coyote T's at them. I'm not rushing my shots either. I'm shooting shells that have a muzzle velocity of 1450 fps and closer than 20 yds, I'm putting the bead on the tip of the beak and past 20 yds to 40 yds I'm leading them 3-10 inches depending on the approximate distance. It's the same as when I was slaying them last year. I just can't figure out why I'm not hitting them or when I do feathers come off and they keep flying. Went 0 for 18 this morning.
I have this problem as well, every year. I have to rethink myself back to an archery lesson. Quite loooking at the deer, look at the spot you want the arrow to hit. I always shot instinctive, no sights.
If I remember that one lesson, I swear, I could shot around a tree and hit my target every time.
When I shoulder my shotgun, even though I thought I just had to have the hi viz sight, I don't use it. I watch my target, squeeze, hit. I watch the sight, squeeze, watch birdy fly away.