June 14, 2012
Shotgun Tip: Let Birds Come Into Your Field of Vision
By Phil Bourjaily
People keep asking me “Are you still on TV? What happened to the Gun Nuts?” Good news if you’re a fan: Season III debuts on the Outdoor Channel on Wednesday, June 27. Dave, Eddie and I are back for another thirteen new episodes. The show airs at 7:30 p.m. EST (that’s 6:30 CST or “real” time), then again at 11:30 p.m. EST and, if you absolutely can’t fall asleep after that, you can see it yet again at 3:00 a.m.
We have added some new segments and kept most of the old favorites. This is a “Shoot Better in a Minute” in which I am discussing where to put your eyes when you hunt upland birds. Trying to see the bird burst out of the grass doesn’t give you a head start, it makes the bird seem to get up and away from you as a blur. If you keep your eyes up and let the bird come to you it will look much bigger and slower, a point I think the camera work makes well in this clip.
I always liken upland hunting to driving a car: in driver’s ed they taught us to “aim high in steering” that is, to get the big picture by looking down the road. It works in driving and in bird hunting.
We shot some good stuff this season, and I hope you will enjoy it.