Wrapping Up 2015 – Look Out, 2016!
I hope all of you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.
I know we are since a lot of new exciting things are happening at OSP. Our Christmas was great with our son Brian and his family on Christmas Day. We had Christmas with Andrea when she was here at Thanksgiving with granddaughter Avery. Christmas is so much fun with grandkids ages 1-10.
What’s coming up in 2016, you ask? Check out the OSP Channel on Carbon TV. Season One has videos with the ShotKam kill shot reviews for pigeon, dove, and quail, and right-to-left shots for pheasants and ducks. We will be adding new tips and videos all year, so check it out.
I hope you all have taken a little time away from the gun in the last month or so and are planning at some point later on this year to do so again. It’s important (especially if you are a tournament shooter) to take some time away from the gun to keep your momentum and the desire to keep shooting. Nationals has been moved back a week, so you need to make sure you still want to shoot.
We have found that if our students take a month off, as hard as that is for most, they will be refreshed through the end of the year. So mark it on the calendar and stick to it.
Also, have you made your calendar of shoots yet? This is a good time to look at all that and get a schedule done so you don’t have so many decisions to make. We are finding that the more we can get everyone to not have so many decisions to make, the better they will shoot.
Preparing For Your Hunting Trip
Here’s another tip for the coming year:
If you are going to Argentina or England or Scotland, have you circled a date on the calendar when you will begin working on your gun mount and exercising the front hand?
On our first trip to Argentina, I found that my left arm after the first day ached so bad from lifting the gun so many times. So before we go now, I begin four weeks out. I raise my left arm 100 times in the air three times a day to prepare my front arm for the exercise it’s going to get. If you are going on any high-volume hunt you will need to consider that.
If you are going to England or Scotland, practice with the clothes you will be wearing.
All these things sound silly. But when you have paid all that money you don’t want to have to worry about the mount or the clothes. You don’t want to worry about anything at all except total focus on hitting the birds.
We don’t want you to have any nuisance decision-making issues that take away from your focus on your job of hitting the birds.
Have a great holiday and be safe out there.