Bill Herian wrote:Practice can only get you so far. The only way to learn your limits, or what shots are marginal, is to take them.
That is terrible advice and bound to create a lot of skybusters out of rookies. Steel can only kill effectively to about 40 yards. Figure out how far 40 yards is. Go to a football field if you have to. Use land marks when you are hunting to judge distance.
Once in a while you will get "the golden bb" and drop a duck that is far out of range so telling someone to figure it out by taking marginal shots will likely create some life long skybusters.
If in question let it go. If you can't decoy enough birds to get close shots where you don't even need to question the range then you really don't deserve them. Find somewhere better to hunt or learn how to be a better hunter. Do not take long or questionable shots that may wound a bird that will not be found.
Skybusters hurt everyones hunting including themselves.
Merlyn you want to teach your grandson how to be a better hunter I suggest teaching him that hunting is not about killing or "stacking" up numbers. It is about the whole experience. Teach him to respect the resource and hunt in ways that will limit the amount of lost birds. ie shooting at birds decoying in range.