Kentucky, Colorado, Bolivia and Argentina!
We went to a new (to us) club – Jefferson County Sportsmen’s Club in Louisville, KY.
The flight over was interesting. As much as we travel, we haven’t had the pilot come on the speaker and say we needed to stop for fuel due to the bad headwinds. So we stopped at a small airport and got fuel and got back on our way. It put us two and a half hours late, but we got there.
At the club in Louisville, we learned a lot about timing our clinics – never the weekend before the Kentucky Derby. We had a great time and a good response, so we will make a date for 2020… just not the week before the Derby.
The big thing that everyone learned is you don’t look down the barrel of a shotgun. I know that is a new thing for most students, but once they understand what the picture is supposed to be, it just makes sense.
Ever heard that before?
The next week we went to Kiowa Creek in Denver, Colorado for three days of sunshine instead of the snow that we have had the last two years. We had much nicer conditions and the crew at Kiowa was fabulous as usual. Several students were regulars there, so they had some issues with some of the targets, and we solved those problems.
Everyone left the clinics with a practice plan of deliberate practice and to shoot only singles. But what does everyone do? They shoot pairs. It’s not a good idea until you have mastered every single target trajectory out there. Have a plan to practice, not just shoot.
“But sporting is a game of pairs,” you say.
Well, yes it is. But a pair of targets is just two singles, so practice shooting them in the sweet spot, then late, then early so when you do have to shoot pairs, you can hit the first one in the spot to make the second one easy. Then you are making your practice beneficial and not just shooting.
Now we are leaving for Bolivia and Argentina with a group in each country. We’re going to help rid the farmers of those pesky doves and pigeons.