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Improving success on live birds

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

Successful clays shooters sometimes find that their skills on the sporting clays course or skeet range don’t translate to dead birds when they’re hunting. If that’s happening to you, chances are, it’s a matter of where you are focusing.When shooting at a live bird, look at its head, specifically at its eyes. Your eyes will naturally want to go to the fastest moving part of the bird, its wings. Then your eyes naturally ... Read more…

Finally, Dove season

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

Finally, It’s A Happening Thing! September is the transition month.  Dove season kicks off in the north and central zone on the first.  Early Teal season begins on the 18th and south zone dove season begins on the 24th, finally.  The first cool front usually pushes through around mid month and begins to break the summer heat, finally!If you are fortunate enough to have a place to hunt doves in the north or central zone... Read more…

Duckin and Dovin at the 74 Ranch

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

Best I remember, it was a cold, dreary day a few Januarys ago at the 74 Ranch in South Texas. Winter dove season had begun, and my son Brian was coming down to hunt with me for a few days. I had been checking the lakes for ducks and driving all over the ranch looking for a concentration of doves, but no luck. Dean Olson, one of our students, had called and asked if he could come down and get a lesson while I was at the... Read more…

A morning on the prairie

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

I can remember hunting geese with David Jones, my next-door neighbor at the time, years ago. I hadn’t considered just how many years ago it was until I was invited on a goose hunt by Larry Gore of Katy Prairie Outfitters. I mentioned to Larry that back when I hunted geese, we put out rag spreads, first with diapers, and then with plastic rags. Veteran goose hunters know what I’m talking about; it was a lot of work. Sin... Read more…

Practice for goose season sit on it

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

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... Read more…