DUCK HUNTING—Having had considerable experience in duck hunting, I thought I would answer Brother Fried of Minnesota in regard to duck shooting on the wing. I think it is safe to say that the majority of ducks that are missed when shot at flying are shot behind. At least, such has been my experience. Of course, a person has to have ,some knowledge of the ducks which he comes across and he cannot take the same lead on a teal as he would on a mallard and have any success. For teal and all small ducks I lead about two feet when they are raising and going directly across me, and for all heavy ducks I take about half that lead. It all depends on the direction the duck is taking and also on the speed of this particular duck to tell you what lead to take. As to shooting ducks coming directly towards you, the best plan is to wait until they pass over your head and then aim under them. In this way you have the advantage of shooting the way the feathers lay instead of against them and you will have much better success.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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