Tips for New Bird Hunters

The end result we want is the picture above: a happy new hunter with her first dove. After Friday morning, there is one more of us. Here’s how to get that result when introducing someone new to bird hunting: Get the Gun Right A gun that fits the new shooter, is easy to shoot and doesn’t hurt is essential. It’s a very soft-shooting gas gun. If you choose a 12 like this one, load it with factory or handloaded 7/8 ounce, 1200 fps target ammo. Twenty-gauge gas guns work, too, as long they are not overly light. For subsequent lessons you will have to find a way to shoot incoming and crossing targets, maybe at a skeet field or sporting clays course. Slow incoming targets give your student time to see the bird coming and make the shot. After learning to lead targets, your student needs to work on shooting with a low gun. Start With Doves Dove hunting—if you can get away from crowds—is great for new hunters.
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A new hunter with her first dove.

The end result we want is the picture above: a happy new hunter with her first dove. After Friday morning, there is one more of us. Here’s how to get that result when introducing someone new to bird hunting:

Get the Gun Right
A gun that fits the new shooter, is easy to shoot and doesn’t hurt is essential. This Remington V3 fits the bill. It’s a very soft-shooting gas gun. If you choose a 12 like this one, load it with factory or handloaded 7/8 ounce, 1200 fps target ammo. This gun weighs a little over 7 pounds, which is not too heavy for most to lift, but heavy enough to swing well. It has a skeet choke for a broad, forgiving pattern. Twenty-gauge gas guns work,…

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