Beretta Blog

The Right Kind of Clays

Posted by Tom Keer on Jun 25, 2018 8:34:00 AM

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It's conventional wisdom to do a few things prior to bird hunting season. Wax your cotton chaps, clean your guns, road your dogs, and drop a few hard-earned pounds from summer BBQ's. Other items need tending, but getting ready for the season by shooting clays is a whole lot of fun.

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

Knowing Your Limitations and Choosing the Right Choke

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 6, 2018 11:23:21 AM

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I was at the Northeast Side by Side Classic Shotgun Championship and shooting with one of the best shooters in competition. While only a few of the target presentations on the course were long-range shots, J.D. was shooting a gun with modified and full chokes. Classic shotgun competitions do not allow choke changes because those old classic guns didn’t have interchangeable choke tubes. He was clearly a better shooter than I, but I was outdoing him on the close shots. I was shooting a gun with improved and modified chokes. The rules do allow using different loads for different stations, and I was using RST Spreader loads for the really close targets.

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

How to Hit the Bird When You're Cross-Eye Dominant

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 25, 2017 8:21:55 AM

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We all have our excuses about why we miss flying birds when we’re shooting our shotguns, but cross-eye dominance doesn’t have to be one of them.

As a child, and even into young adulthood, I had a strong right-eye, which matched my right-handedness. Unbeknownst to me, my eyes changed as I aged. Now my left eye will take over as the strong one if the right one is fatigued. The issue doesn’t bother me at all as I look through the scope atop my Sako Hunter rifle. When I need both eyes open, to point at and hit a bird is when I’ve encountered difficulty.

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

Moms Mentor the Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Oct 11, 2017 2:11:12 PM

IMG_8090.jpegThe weather report wasn’t looking very good. After 90-degree temperatures on Thursday, the outlook for the weekend was for rain and highs in the low 50s. But the state youth-only waterfowl hunt for our zone was just for this weekend, so there was no doubt we would still be going. Besides, even as a novice waterfowler, I knew that cool and cloudy days often make for good duck hunting.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck

Shotgun Shooting 101

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Aug 23, 2017 3:49:27 PM

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Proper shotgun shooting is a game of repetition – the more you shoot, the more often you will shoot well. However, if you don’t start with the basic shooting position engrained in your muscle memory, it will be hard to ever shoot consistently. There are a few fundamental things you should always do when you shoot a shotgun. Make these fundamentals habitual, and you will be able to focus on the more “intangible” parts of shotgunning and wingshooting.

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

7 Reasons to Hunt Rice Fields for Ducks

Posted by Mia Anstine on Aug 17, 2017 2:05:40 PM

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Last year I passed up my annual Louisiana waterfowl hunt to join Beretta and Sako on an epic journey to Finland and Russia. While that trip has trumped all other birthday events, I have fond memories of cutting birds from the Southern skies on the date of my birth celebration.

For multiple years I headed south to the warmer, humid temperatures to take aim at the mini-F14-like Blue Winged Teal. If you haven’t partaken in the hunt, I must warn you that it’s an addicting one. While I’m not a fantastic shot at the zinging orange clay targets at the range, I’ve become quite proficient at blasting the little speed demons from the sky.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck, Hunting

Five Mistakes Rookies Make During Early Teal Season

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Aug 9, 2017 2:17:46 PM

Early teal season

For many of us, our first crack at duck hunting every year comes from those tasty, winged speedsters – teal. It is a great way to kick off a long waterfowl season and is a lot of fun. With more states adding early teal hunts, and the popularity of duck hunting still rising, there are a lot of newcomers to the hunt headed to the waterways this year. While you can screw things up and still luck into a good hunt, there are plenty of ways a rookie can foul up a teal season. Heck, even a seasoned waterfowling expert can mess things up, so a refresher may just be in order.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck, Hunting

Waterfowl Hunters and the Farm Bill

Posted by Mia Anstine on Aug 1, 2017 1:24:11 PM

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As a waterfowl hunter and a farmer my ears perk up when I hear mention of the Farm Bill.

I’ve been working on the areas on my property that entice these birds. However, I tend to let my place rest and have found other great locations to hunt ducks. While I’d like to tell you my favorite spots, we all know those sites are sacred. Some of these places are on public land, and others are on private leases. One of my favorite waterfowl locations is in the marshes of Louisiana. Another is in the rice fields of Mississippi. Come to think of it, the cattail-covered banks of a Minnesota lake is a fantastic location as well.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck

Five Ways the Shooting Range Helps with Hunting

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jul 7, 2017 10:59:32 AM

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With hot summertime temperatures, some might be surprised that we’ve already got our sights focused on waterfowl and upland hunting season. There are those out shooting summer leagues at the shotgun range and others who are booking September teal hunts, November pheasant hunts, and January goose pursuits. As many approach the stand at the range, they think of their scores, winning a shoot, or how to prepare for hunting season.

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

Drakes Only Day with Calcasieu Charter Service

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 10, 2015 5:44:22 PM

Hunting-Ducks

Probably the most exciting time in my catalog of hunting memories are those seconds when ducks or geese are committed to the decoys, just before the hunters rise to shoot. I think this is because of the work and skill that goes into making this happen. First, decoys have to be set correctly for the conditions. Then, the birds must be spotted and attracted to check out the decoys while not alerting them it’s a ruse. During this time, the hunters must avoid detection and not overcall, tipping off the quarry. Finally, the moment of exposure must be timed correctly so the birds are in just the right place to allow the hunters a good shot.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck