3200 man wrote:
Competitive Sporting Clay's shooters do have the upper hand finding the line of a target , with the knowledge of what
method ( spot shoot ,maintained lead or pass-through ) to use but a true Waterfowler in most cases is a pass-through shooter
as he is standing in mud or water and has vegetation to shoot around or through ,with low light , wind , rain and bulky jackets
and waders to slow him down . The Dandy Dan Sporting Clay's shooter has his 300 dollar vest on ( with all the Patches ) and is
standing in the shooting stand looking at the show-Pairs , then changing his chokes for the distance and choosing the right
shell , which usually are 4 different ones because he has 4 pockets in his vest . All this is done after he rides his Golf Cart
to each station with his multi-thousand dollar gun in a fancy gun sleeve so it doesn't get dust on it .
I am a Duck Hunter and with the love I have for it , I shoot Competitive Sporting Clay's so I can be the best Duck Hunter
I can be ! I also enjoy not having to pick-up my reloaded hulls as I see all kinds of New ones that I can reload for Ducks !
You forgot about how us northerners have to knock the ice off our guns before shooting, and find the tips of our fingers as we try to work the action or switch the safety off... and then peel our frozen faces off the butt stock... lol.
My last hunt this season it was -20, and I had to stand in the shower when I got home in order to thaw the ice off my jacket so I could unzip it... (only the second time I've had to do that and the first time was because I actually went through the ice on my snowmobile.) My decoys were building up so much ice they were all flipping over and we had 50mph winds on top of it all. That one was extreme... took me a few days to get over the boat ride home, it was like a scene out of the movie "perfect storm" or something... I get shivers just thinking about it.
I'd do the skeet thing more if I could, It's a bit of drive and I'd rather go hunting... heck I'd rather go birdwatching. (Learning the habits of the bird gets you close enough that you can't miss, as a hunter I think that is more important than target shooting) Maybe I'll look into it this summer. They close the skeet section of the club for the winter.
I usually spot shoot( instinctively), or hold the maintained lead... but the pass-through is an inevitable option. Some of those birds are just way out ahead of you before you have a chance to get it all together. It's probably all three at the same time!
I've been shooting for 30 years.. I have terrible form.. I know this because my gun-shop owner buddy yells at me every time I pick up a gun. I seem to hurt my face at least once a season... this fall I somehow wedged my head between the gun and the lip of a 150 gallon drum pit blind... that hurt. And was oddly a lot louder than most other shots from that blind. I often shoot with the gun low on my shoulder.. maybe its the frozen hands, maybe it's all the bulky clothing or odd positions I find myself in trying to crane my body for the shot, I'll wake up the next day looking like I took a short slugger bat to the arm... But I'm not a bad shot, almost always with more birds than other guys at the boat launch... not always though, that's hunting, can't just yell "pull" when you're ready to shoot.
I could work out all the kinks and maybe improve my shooting... but then I wouldn't have anything to talk about at the pub, and it would not be any fun to limit out in 6 shots every hunt and have to go back home early and take out the trash or some other dutiful task I will be nominated for.