When you aren’t busting every clay that flies, Melissa says, you want to know what you are doing wrong. The only way to improve your shot is to pinpoint the problems first so you can address them. Melissa says that the AA TrackAAer line of shotshells from Winchester are helpful in diagnosing your shot problems. Color coded wads enable shooters to watch the shot string all the way through the flight path to determine if you are hitting in front, behind or elsewhere on your intended target. Fluorescent orange wads are intended for use in overcast/dark conditions and black wads are ideal for clear skies, both colors allowing you to maintain a visual.
Practice on your own property if you can, or head to your local gun club. Most clubs offer summer shooting leagues and the frequent and consistent shooting you’ll do every week as a member of a league will almost assuredly pay off this fall when you’re knocking down upland birds and waterfowl with ease.
Melissa says when shooting clays, she prefers a 20-gauge shotgun and that’s also a good place for new shooters to start, especially young ones. Putting a heavy gauge in a beginner’s hands can be punishing on their shoulder and lead to the formation of bad habits. Starting with something light, Melissa says there is no set number of shells they need to shoot, rather beginners should shoot until they aren’t having fun anymore and want to take a break. In addition, as a mentor, if you see bad shooting form and habits starting to occur, that too is a time to stop and take a break. You don’t want to reinforce bad habits. Because attention spans vary, and for kids they may be much shorter than adults, Melissa says it’s important to keep every shooting experience fun, leaving everyone excited to come back and do it again. At the end of the summer, everyone will be able to see the results of their practice, and that’s the best part she says.
Premiering July 7th at 11:30 am ET on Sportsman Channel, Melissa is back with a brand new season of “Winchester Deadly Passion”. She says there are a lot of great hunts in the upcoming season, however she talks specifically about her New Zealand Tahr hunt. One of the most physically difficult hunts of her life, Melissa says they began every day at the base of the mountains and hiked 2500+ feet straight up in pursuit of these incredible mountain goats that live in very rough terrain. While a lot of hunters use helicopters for this challenging hunt, Melissa says that she wanted to do it on her own. Further adding to the challenge, Melissa says she was 7 months pregnant.
Listen in as Melissa Bachman, the host of “Winchester Deadly Passion” on Sportsman Channel, joins The Revolution this week to talk summer clay shooting and how it can make you a better wingshooter come this fall. Be sure to catch new episodes of “Winchester Deadly Passion” beginning July 7th at 11:30 am ET on Sportsman Channel. You can also find previous seasons and episodes on the MyOutdoorTV app, anytime!
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