Choose Your Words Carefully When Commenting on Misses
Every waterfowl hunter misses now and then. There’s no shame in that, especially when you consider the rugged environs we hunt, the awkward positions we often assume and the speedy, twisting nature of our targets.
Practice and repetition help us miss less and hit more. Experience guides us in choosing and preparing for quality shots. But still, human error sometimes kicks in, and our imperfect nature manifests itself in the form of embarrassing three-shot whiffs. Afterward, we tend to be tough on ourselves. However, good hunting buddies will often say something post-miss to buoy our spirits and boost our confidence.
That's a nice gesture. In that spirit, here’s a quick list of tried-and-true lines to offer after your buddy whiffs.
Realtree waterfowl editor Brian Lovett has been an obsessive duck and goose hunter for more than 30 years, chasing his passion on the Dakota prairies and the marshes and open water of his home state of Wisconsin. He's been a writer and editor in the outdoors industry since 1991.