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.
"You may or may not remember me. I've taken your clinic twice at Milford Hills, here in Wisconsin. In any event, I wanted you to know I just finished reading "You Gotta Be Out of Your Mind" and it is terrific. At age 62, I've been stuck for years as just a so-so clays shooter. Finally, this fall, I had a true "in the zone" experience and it changed my whole outlook on this silly game I dearly love." Tim Doyle