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Learning the basics of shotgun shooting and practicing often translates to more success in the field.

Six Shotgunning Tips for the Field and Range

Getting a shotgun to hit where you point it can be a challenge. But there are a few tricks of the trade that will get you smashing more clays and bagging more birds the next time you break out your smoothbore.

Always train and practice with the same pistol you plan to carry daily. Author Photo

Master Defensive Handgun Shooting

It’s not enough to own a gun and shoot it a few times a year. To be prepared to defend yourself and your family, regular handgun shooting practice is a must. Get the most from those sessions.

The ability to read the wind in long range is probably more important than shooting ability. At 1,000 yards the slightest change of wind speed or value will put you out of the 10 ring.

Test Your Marksman Skills with Long-Range Shooting

Dick Jones won the North State Regional 1,000 Yard Championship at Camp Butner, N.C., two consecutive years. The competitive shooter relays some of the tricks, tips and considerations of high-performance long-range shooting.

Not only a shooting destination for national-level 3-Gun and pistol competitions in 2014, Rockcastle also boasts a scenic and challenging clays course.

Take Aim at these Seven Shooting Destinations

There are jaw-dropping sporting clay courses across the country, well worth the price of entry. Here are some of the top shooting destinations for those shotgunners with wanderlust.