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Shotguns are more forgiving than rifles when it comes to aiming. Since shot disperses to catch game over a wide space, you can be off by a bit and still at least injure your target. But the game targeted by shotgun hunters is more likely to moving. Birds can be a real challenge to hit not just because they are moving, but they are also relatively small.

A quick and consistent draw is important for accuracy and safety. The hunter should practice in full gear to ensure he won’t catch his weapon on clothing afield and endanger himself or his party. Putting the butt against the shoulder, he should press his cheek right against the stock for quick sighting down the barrel. If his target is stationary, he is now ready to take his shot. If his target is moving, he may use the swing through method.

This is designed to eliminate the common problem of shooting behind a moving target. It is human nature to aim where an object is, rather than where it will be when your load reaches it. He begins by imagining a line in the air which runs from where the game was to where it is going to be. He rotates his shotgun using his shoulders and hips, aiming the barrel along the imaginary line. His barrel should move faster than the bird is flying.

Gradually, his barrel should pass the bird. He will fire when he believes he has the appropriate lead and fire. If his judgment is correct, the load and the bird will reach the spot he aimed at simultaneously. The swing-through technique requires plenty of practice in order to accurately measure lead time. Luckily, wide dispersal shot will help take down plenty of ducks and geese while the hunter hones his skills.