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Bill Miller

Bill Miller is an outdoor writer/editor who has hunted and/or shot competitively and recreationally in 41 states, 9 provinces, and on 5 continents. While he enjoys all kinds of hunting and shooting, at the core, he's a shotgunner - ever since his youngest days when his parents issued his allowance in shotshells rather than cash. He shoots trap, skeet, sporting clays regularly and has shot the international clays games, FITASC, helice, ZZ bird, live pigeons, StarShot, and more. His writing has appeared in North American Hunter, Delta Waterfowl, Clay Target Nation, Waterfowl & Retriever, Game & Fish Publications, Quebec Outfitters magazine, and many more. He hosted hunting and shooting sports shows on ESPN, espn2, ESPNU, Versus, the Outdoor Channel, FoxSports, Sportsmen's Channel, and Pursuit Channel, He is currently the Executive Editor for 50Campfires.com - the world's largest media platform for family campers.
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Everything You Need to Know About Shotgunning with Buckshot

Posted by Bill Miller on Feb 11, 2019 10:07:00 AM

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With the rapidly growing interest in shotguns for home defense, tactical use, and 3-Gun competition, buckshot loads are back in the spotlight and in demand! Until these trends took over, interest in buckshot was waning. Few states still allow bucks (actually deer of either sex, for that matter) to be taken with buckshot. Even in those that do, rifled slugs and slugs fired from rifled shotgun barrels, muzzleloaders, and rifles – even handguns – provide more practical and efficient tools to cleanly harvest deer under modern hunting conditions.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Competitive Shooting, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Don’t Let Shotgun Choke Tube Selection Choke You

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 20, 2018 9:15:00 AM

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The choke tube wrench adapted to fit into the arbor of a cordless drill driver is apparently an urban legend – at least from the perspective of it being made commercially. Yet I’m sure a Frankenstein-ed version has shown up at the clays course on more than one occasion. Some shotgunners seem that addicted to changing choke tubes. No one needs a powered choke tube wrench, but watching some shooters on the sporting clays course, it seems like it’s an invention that would speed up their play.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

How to Travel with Shotguns: Bring, Borrow or Rent?

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 13, 2018 9:10:00 AM

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When you’re planning a wingshooting trip, whether it’s out-of-the-country or just out-of-state, there are many details to consider. There are some adventurers who enjoy dotting all the “I”s and crossing all the “T”s. To these folks, it’s all part of the trip and a way to be deeply involved. Planning and covering details is a welcome facet of anticipation.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

The Governing Bodies of the Shotgun Sports

Posted by Bill Miller on Dec 3, 2018 8:03:00 AM

 

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Clay target shooting can be incredibly informal. All it takes is a safe place to shoot, eye/ear protection, a way to launch the targets into the air, and a shotgun with a few shells to shoot at them. While this kind of “back forty” shooting is a wonderful, non-intimidating way to introduce shotgunning, it’s an opportunity that’s harder to find with each passing season.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Tips for Shooting Shotgun Competitions in the Rain

Posted by Bill Miller on Nov 29, 2018 8:54:00 AM

 

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The raindrops were huge and the sound of them pounding on the truck’s roof nearly drowned out the radio forecast of more to come – along with lightning, hail, and thunder. As I drove under the freeway overpass, there was that brief moment of silence as I was sheltered from the rain. It was long enough to think, “What the heck am I doing? Are sporting clays tournaments even ‘rain or shine’ events?”

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Topics: Clay Shooting

How A Ghost Ring Peep Sight Works

Posted by Bill Miller on Nov 19, 2018 9:36:00 AM

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Two of the characteristics you look for in a home defense shotgun are simplicity and speed. Should you ever need the gun to perform its primary duty, you need it fast, and you need it easy.

The simplest possible sight for a shotgun is what most of them already wear – a single bead out on the end of the barrel. This is a fine choice – make that, the best choice – for wingshooting, which is more about instinct than it is precision. However, acquiring and honing the necessary skills for “instinctive” style shooting requires a great deal of training. For example, you need to drill and drill and drill on mounting the gun into the same position every single time.

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Topics: Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Can You Hunt with a Sporting Shotgun?

Posted by Bill Miller on Nov 15, 2018 10:08:00 AM

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What is the ultimate purpose of a hunting shotgun?

It’s not a trick question. Don’t overthink it.

The purpose of a hunting shotgun is to solidly hit the flying game at which you are shooting it.

So then … what is the purpose of a sporting clays shotgun?

Again, it’s to solidly hit the moving target at which you are shooting it.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

Thoughts On Securing Your Home Defense Shotgun

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 31, 2018 9:14:00 AM

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Choosing a shotgun as the “tool of final resort” to defend yourself, your family, and home can be a wise decision. A light, short-barreled shotgun has a lot going for it as a defense weapon. We’ve looked at the pros and cons versus a handgun, and there are many reasons the shotgun can come out on top.

However, there’s one big question that must be answered: How are you going to store that shotgun securely and safely yet keep it accessible in a fraction of a second should you need it?

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Does How You Break Targets Matter?

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 24, 2018 9:04:00 AM

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In trap, skeet, and sporting clays breaking 100 out of 100 targets in a round is a perfect score. It’s an accomplishment any shooter (especially a new shooter) can be proud of. Heck, don’t even worry about 100 straight – 25 and 50 straights are pretty sweet, too. Gun club websites and bulletin boards are justly cluttered with pictures of shooters holding those 25, 50, and 100 straight patches. Each one is a memorable milestone in the development of a competitive clays shooter.

You’ve probably walked off the range with a shooter who just shot a straight. He or she will almost always wear a big smile, but despite the accomplishment might say in feigned humility, “Boy, that was ugly!”

Ugly!?! How can a perfect score be ugly?

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Topics: Clay Shooting

The Shotgun Fear Factor of Home Defense

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

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There’s a great deal of debate when it comes to creating and training for a home defense plan. The decisions you make and the tools you select will come down to what you personally believe you’re trying to accomplish.

Do you believe the best plan is to silently “retreat, retreat, retreat” and hide in hopes either the authorities will arrive or the bad guys will leave on their own before they find your hiding spot? Or are you of the mind to aggressively confront and repel the intruders … shooting if necessary in the process? Or is it your goal to more passively repel them – scare them off – hopefully, without a shot being fired?

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Topics: Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting