“It was a very good season! Well except that time when the guide’s dog was busting birds 50 yards out. And the outfitter who kept boasting about wild birds, but we had to kick them to make them fly. Oh, and the time I was paired up with someone I didn’t know, and when he swung on a bird I had to hit the deck. Sound familiar? Any time we can go out and enjoy the pleasures of wingshooting it will be a good season, but to have a “great” season you need to start doing your homework now.
With bird season in full stride, my customers are coming by to tell me how delighted they are with the new coverts they had discovered during preseason scouting and how much fun it is carrying their new (new to them) little vintage, subgauge shotgun. When I ask how the new puppy is doing in the field, the typical answer is, “fantastic! I only wish my shooting was just as good.” As a wingshooting coach, and always one for job security, I suggest I could help. The common response is "oh I know what I'm doing wrong. I'm peeking. I just have to make myself stop peeking."
There is that one gun in my safe that is my go-to gun. Don’t get me wrong, I have several guns that I love to shoot and shoot well, but that one gun I shoot the best. It comes up easier and smoother than the others and I never feel like I have to make a subconscious adjustment before I squeeze the trigger. My guess is you have that go-to gun as well. It is your go-to gun because it fits you best.