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."
"When I signed up for a weekend clinic with Gil and Vicki Ash, little did I realize it was the first step on a journey that would not only dramatically improve my shooting, but my personal and business life as well. OSP is more than great shooting instruction. It is about mental restructuring, conquering fears, letting go of minutiae that holds us back. Gil and Vicki are about solid teaching that will free you to reach goals that were thought to be unattainable. Words like trust, let it go, feel it, instinctive, and focus are now the foundational vocabulary for my shooting today. Make a commitment to take OSP instruction. You will improve more than your shooting." Jay Giusti, Houston, TX