Now is the time of year when a lot of hunters shoot their annual round of skeet to tune up. When they get to station 8, the last shots on the field, they encounter birds thrown seemingly right at them at a million miles an hour. They miss, then grumble that station 8 replicates no shot you would ever take in the field. I used to say the same thing until I learned how to make the shot. Now I love station 8. The video below is of me shooting from it.

Station 8 is nowhere near as fast and scary as it appears. There are two keys to breaking it: first, hold your gun on the lower outside corner of the square opening in the house. That puts your barrels ahead of the bird, giving you a little head start. By holding on the lower corner, you keep the gun below the line of the target where it doesn’t block your view of bird coming out of the house.

Then, move your eyes to look into the house. Focus underneath the stack of the targets on the spot where you will first see the bird emerge. If you can pick the target up as it comes off the trap, and your gun is already ahead of it, the bird won’t seem to be going so fast. You just swing and shoot right at it. You have more time than you think to shoot station 8. Notice in the clip (courtesy of my brother-in-law Roger and his new camera) my gun isn’t moving all that quickly and the target still blows up into a ball of white dust.