Hello I am Keith McDonald, nick name Killer Keith and hunting my whole life, 45-50 years, deer hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, turkey hunting, you name it, I have hunted it. I am a licensed Maine guide. I've hunted in Alaska. I've hunted in Canada. I've hunted in Newfoundland. I've been everywhere, everywhere I've hunted.
One of the big things is learning how to shoot well, because there are a lot of hunters out there that cannot hit the ducks. They cannot hit the ducks at all, and it's very frustrating to spend all that time and money to get all set up and the ducks fly by and they can't hit it. The ducks fly by bang bang bang and they fly away. So so how to shoot well is a big thing, cause you're shooting at a moving target. Ducks maybe flying 20 30 40 50 miles per hour. One of the biggest problems duck hunters may have is you're sitting in the blind looking over the sky and here comes the duck flying by and he's out there about 80 yards out and you start shooting. It's very very common for duck hunter to shoot beyond their effective range. The shotgun is just not effective at 80 yards, it just isn't. If someone tells you it is they just don't know what they're talking about. 50 yards is a very long shot for a shotgun, very long. You're looking for 30 yards thats a good shot. 30, 40 you're pushing it a little. You can reach out 40, but beyond 40 is not real effective shooting. So the biggest thing is you're in a duck line and you got decoys out and you call ducks and they swing and start coming in. Do not shoot until they get within shooting range. Don't jump up too quick and thats the biggest problem people have with duck hunting.