Getting ready for goose season? Gil offers this practice tip: SIT ON IT!
Get a five-gallon bucket, turn it over, and sit on it. Shooting clays while sitting on the bucket is a good simulation for goose shooting. If you can go to a skeet field, set up on station 4, two or three steps in toward station 8. Have someone throw birds to you from the high house and low house. You’ll find that you have about 50% less freedom of movement while sitting than when standing to shoot.
A word of caution: Because your upper body movement and visibility are restricted while sitting, you should be especially careful and aware of your surroundings.
To practice your shotgun mount before goose hunting, Gil also suggests doing the flashlight drill while seated on an overturned bucket.
When shooting from a seated position, right-handed shooters should put most of their weight on their left hip, opposite for lefties.
And how did Gil and Vicki become proficient at shooting while seated? They learned from teaching physically challenged shooters. They spent a week shooting from wheelchairs to learn to adapt their techniques to that position.
"We teach you whichever method you want to learn, but we help you understand which method creates the most and the least amount of risk in each shot."
"I was fortunate enough to meet Gil at an instructor training facility in Wisconsin with John Higgins way back when, the year after Gil’s shoulder surgery. It was apparent to all attendees that Gil was destined to be an outstanding instructor, and he was enjoyed by all of us. I am now 78 year's old, and shoot weekly, often 3 times a week and enjoy all aspects of the shooting of clay bird sports. I shoot trap, skeet, and sporting clays. Often rotate in the manner to allow me to shoot all three in a week, so I really shoot a lot of shells….Gil and Vicki are the greatest, and shooting certainly needs more people like yourselves as we will exist only if the young pursue the shooting game. Thanks for your service to the shooting sports." Bob Cross - Avid Shooter