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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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Laser Guided Shotgun Training? Almost…

Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 23, 2018 9:24:00 AM

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Wingshooting skills would be so easy to learn if we were shooting laser guns. You know, the ones aliens carried in the “B” movies to project a continuous beam of disintegration at earthlings who refused to take them to their leader. With these mythical shotguns, we would just watch the beam and easily adjust for lead on any target no matter how evasive its maneuvers.

If you’ve ever set foot on a shotgun range, you know it doesn’t work that way. Learning to consistently center a shot pattern you can’t see on a moving target is to master physics, muscle memory … and a good bit of art. It takes time.

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

What Is a Shotgun Target Load?

Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 19, 2018 9:53:00 AM

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All boiled down, a target load is any shell you drop into your shotgun with the intent of breaking a clay target. That can be anything from the most bargain basement, off-brand promotional load to a $5.00-per-shell exotic metal non-toxic variety.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

The Great Shotgun Bead Debate: Part Two

Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 17, 2018 10:19:00 AM

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The debate over beads is so great, it cannot be contested, or even in explained, in one post, so we’re giving it a second. In Part One we learned the difference between single-projectile firearms which you aim and a shotgun which you point with a lot more margin for error. We also learned a shotgun will work perfectly well without beads and that some folks think it’s best to learn to shoot one that way. And finally, we covered front beads and mid-beads on modern shotguns.

Now it’s time to explore why many … make that most … top shotgunners consider highly visible beads so crucial on both target and field guns.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

The Great Shotgun Bead Debate: Part One

Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 16, 2018 9:24:00 AM

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Rifles and handguns are aimed. Shotguns are pointed. But what does that really mean?

It means shooting any firearm with a single projectile is precise. It requires time and attention to align the sighting system – whether open sights or optical sights – on the intended target. Alignment and steadiness are so critical that the best shooters control breathing and heartbeats to press the trigger at the absolute proper millisecond.

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

Shooting Glasses for Shotgunners

Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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There are two reasons every shotgunner needs to wear shooting glasses. First, and most important is for protection of your eyes. Second, is to enhance your ability to see the targets quickly and clearly.

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Basics of the Shotgun Games: American 16-Yard Trap

Posted by Bill Miller on Jun 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Semi-Auto: First & Forever Shotgun

Posted by Bill Miller on Jun 22, 2018 9:38:00 AM

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Spend a pre-hunting season Saturday afternoon at a sporting goods store, and chances are pretty good you’ll witness this scenario.

A parent, seeking a first shotgun for a son or daughter, walks in and makes a beeline to the single-shots, maybe with a glance at the pumps on the way. The youth points at the semi-automatic rack but is ushered away quickly. Eavesdropping, you’ll hear: “Too expensive,” “Too big for you,” “Adult’s gun.” Or the worst, “Those are dangerous!”

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Topics: Clay Shooting

Why They Call Shotgunning “Instinctive” Shooting

Posted by Bill Miller on Jun 20, 2018 9:37:35 AM

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Shooting a shotgun to successfully hit a flying target is often called “instinctive” shooting. In comparison to the precision aiming of a rifle or handgun at a stationary target, swinging a shotgun is indeed more of an art than a science, but at best it’s a “learned” instinct. No one is born with an innate ability to see the mental pictures required to break speeding clay targets.

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Topics: Clay Shooting