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Skeet Shooting Basics [VIDEO]

Skeet is a great game to improve your upland bird and waterfowl hunting skills.

I love skeet. I grew up hunting bobwhite quail in southeast Kansas with a couple of uncles who were amazingly quick on the draw. With one of them toting a Browning Sweet 16 bored-improved cylinder and the other a Winchester 101 bored skeet over skeet, few birds made it past 2o yards .

I learned to get on birds quickly. Skeet, with the roughly 21-yard range for most targets, fits perfectly with the hunting style I learned as a teenager.

 

Now that I’m older, I like the social aspect of shooting skeet. A group of shooters on a skeet field is shooting together, with each shooter completing one station before the group moves to the next. Your shooting companions are right there to cheer your hits and give you support…or a hard time if you miss.

The two target launching houses on a skeet field and eight shooting stations provide a combination of relatively easy going-away targets and fast-crossing birds. Station eight, half-way between the high and low houses, is a challenge unique to shooting games. The low house bird must be broken almost directly over the shooter’s head, at a range of less than 10 yards.

Skeet ranges are not as common as they were a decade or so ago, many the victim of urban sprawl and new regulations on lead contamination in soils, but there are survivors out there. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Where to Shoot web page can help you find a range.

 

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Skeet Shooting Basics [VIDEO]