Huntman27 wrote:It wasn't even a 40 yd shot I said at most. Afterwards I paced it out and it was about 30 yards and I think I led them enough because they were locked up and were barely flying
If his wings were locked he was moving at a very good clip. A goose can fly nearly as fast as a teal if they want to. They just look like they are going slow because they are so big, in reality they travel pretty quick! The only time a goose goes slow is if it is on the ground or back peddling about to land.
When scared, each wingbeat of a giant canada is about 10-15' of travel forward. So if we say they flap every second, that is 15fps or about 10mph. 1 flap per second is very slow, I would say to triple that for a fleeing goose. That is why most guys shoot way behind geese, they just don't realize how fast they are moving.
30 yards, incoming locked goose... I'd put my lead at about 5 feet in front of his nose. The only time I'm putting the bead right in front of his face is if he is about to touch his feet on the water/ground.
You shouldn't be shooting at incoming locked geese though, let them come in until they either turn to abort mission or until they are about to touch the water/ground. If you shot him locked at 30 yards you should have let him come in a little bit further. 30 yards is a pretty long shot for the first shot. I'd be surprised if many of us could hit a locked goose at 30 yards with any sort of reliability. If you don't connect with the first shot you have an awkward erratic flying goose at 40-50 to try and scratch down. I'd take a passing shot at 40 any day over a locked goose at 30.