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."
"Now; I am not great shot gunner and I thought that this session would be both a great opportunity for me to improve as a gunner and a true test of the skills and patience of the trainers. Before I met with Gil and Vicki Ash I did some homework; the "flashlight exercises". After my experience on the field I have learned that the Ash’s teach you how to win at the game of sporting clays, but their lessons will certainly translate to the hunt. I can’t wait to hit the field armed with a new strategy and eyes wide open." Chris Jennings of Outdoor News Publications