As the saying goes… “A
little knowledge is a dangerous thing”.
That said, I, perhaps foolishly, consider that I have a reasonable
understanding of the elements that make a competition shotgun
tick. So, here I boldly go, where I never before would dare to
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competition, No Progress!” A Russian
sports coach wrote this, and now that the season’s close
is fast approaching, we should heed these words.
All too often we simply wipe our guns off and put
them away until the Opening Day of Dove Season. We then, amazingly, expect to
stride into the field and pick
up where we finished six months before. In fact, your first half-dozen forays
can be nothing but frustration, until the summer rust is shed and your mount
and swing is back in the grove.
Whenever I mention some summer practice at clay targets, the answer is often, “They
are not like the real thing”. “They don’t jink and twist like
a dove and, more important, there’s no excitement! If I miss, I can always
call for another.”
All this is true, but the “move and mount” to the target is the same
be it shooting live birds or their inanimate clay cousins.
spent in practice
is seldom wasted and a few visits to the Clays Course throughout the Summer
will maintain your End-of-the- Season skills and avoid the all-too-frequent
Now, if you would like to add a little spice to your practice, then you could
enter one or more of the Spring and Summer Competitions.
Beginning in April with the Southern
Side by Side Championships, at Deep River Sporting Clays in Sanford,
North Carolina followed by The National Side by Side Festival,
held this year
in May at The Northbrook Club in Hainesville, Illinois.
In June there’s The Upper Peninsula Side by Side Championships at The Sagola
Sportsman’s Club in Channing. Michigan and, of course, The World Side by
Side Championships, The Vintage Cup at Orvis Sandonona, Millbrook, New York in
At these competitions
you cannot simply call for another bird if you miss, and every
target counts! If you have never experienced the buzz of shooting
competition, you should!
These are essentially fun events but the competition aspect will put a little
edge on your off-season practice. Of course, there is always the option of some
instruction or a Shooting School, but some would say that I am biased in that