thaner wrote:I love that shot. That is a hard one for some because you have to swing past and cover the bird. Some people just can't shoot something they can't see. First I shoot two eyes so I can sometimes, depending on the range, see the bird with my other eye to give my brain an idea how far in front I am. I also try to shoot it out a little so it is not any more straight up than necessary, which takes a little less lead. I do a move, mount, shoot method of shooting most of the time so my gun mounting and swing speed matches the speed of the target and it is just kind of an automatic thing that doesn't take much lead estimating work like pull ahead or sustained lead. Anther thing you can try is just turning your body so it is more of a side-to-side swing and not so much of a straight up and down thing. This can help you keep the bird in view; if you do this the shots are easier if they are more over head.
It seems that every time I am up readusting decoys or for whatever reason, I'm out in the open when this shot happens. I see them coming in, kneel down and wait. I try to wait until their close, then stand up to make them flair to the side, or do like you and shoot early to reduce the lead needed.
It's certainly the birds favorite, since they get to fly away most of the time. Still fun to see how fast they can actually fly.
PS. Where's all the mallards? All we seen today were gobs of Goldeneye. What a strange season.