Senior Refuge Member
- Aug 27, 2020
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I will agree that clays can not completely emulate wild birds, but sporting clay courses that are designed specifically to present targets at various angles and directions are the best practice available. My local course has stations with incoming clays as well as crossers that simulate what one may experience in the field.In busters first pic the pattern could be2 inches or more to the right and still not put pellets in the meat.
This is not something that is going to be simulated with clays......clays do not hang like a balloon over the decoys.
In regard to the thread’s title and the original question, I believe the pattern density should be such that the bird’s head and neck can not pass through without being struck by a few pellets. Along this line, a tight pattern can blow up the body if struck directly and too close.
This is just off season banter and there’s more than one way to skin a cat, but here’s a common diagram from hunter-ed.com.
Personally, I do not wish to have the bird take the whole “desirable pattern” completely. When it does occur, the bird is usually not worth plucking, since the body is beat up. Maybe someone who desires to strike the body of the bird wishes to have a looser pattern, but I’m in the full pattern camp.