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A method to determine waterfowl shooting distances

Wildlife Society Bulletin

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Abstract

Long-range shooting at ducks and geese frequently results in a high crippling loss, unretrieved birds and frustrated hunters. A principal problem has been the general inability of hunters or observers to properly judge distance of birds. This paper describes a reasonably accurate method developed to determine shooting distances to geese. Two observers utilized transit-mounted 4X hunting scopes to determine angles and elevations to goose hunters and birds. These data were used to set up a series of triangles by which a distance between hunter and birds could be calculated. Known-distance tests indicated an average measurement error of approximately two percent. An average shooting distance of 71 yards was calculated from 175 sightings. The maximum range was 240 yards and the minimum was 24 yards. The relationship of shooting to clean kills and crippling loss is also discussed.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A method to determine waterfowl shooting distances
Series title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume
1
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1973
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Description:
p. 101-105
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
101
Last page:
105
Number of Pages:
4