2019 Spring has Sprung - Back on the road again!

Author: Vicki Ash
Posted on March 25, 2019

We had two weeks of Advance School at the 74 Ranch and what a great two weeks it was.

The biggest thing we worked on was having a pause before you call pull and the sequencing of your pre-shot routine.

 It took everyone a little time to get their timing down on the pause but they realized that the pause before the calling pull actually helped clear their mind of the chatter and clutter and the voice of self doubt did not come in.  They were then able to make their move away from the target without the voice talking to them.  It made a big difference in everyone’s hits.  They were not chips but massive explosions of clay.

 The other thing that was new to everyone was the sequence of their routine.  We have been noticing this for many months how when you get out of sequence with your routine, you are probably going to miss the target.  With one of my groups we were going over how to close the gun in the break point and immediately put your eyes in the focal point and how that made the gun stay near the break point and not go too far back to the trap and get jammed.  So I was demonstrating the routine of closing the gun in the break point and eyes to focal point and I ran 8 targets.  I turned around to answer a question from a student and didn’t take the time to regroup and go through the routine again and I missed the target.   My immediate reaction was did anyone see that I was out of sequence?  And they had noticed something was different but one student saw it and said, “You were out of sequence”

Yes I was and the result was not pretty, but it was a great teaching moment.

We stopped at the bay on our way home hoping to be able to fish but the wind and weather were having none of that so we went home.  Got a call from Jacqui at Krieghoff asking me if I could go to Utopia, TX for a She Hunts Skills Camp which I didn’t know anything about but learned real quick.  After I learned where Utopia, TX was I said yes I would go.  The camp is for women who want to learn about the outdoors.  They shot rifles and I was there to teach them to shoot shotguns.  Krieghoff was a sponsor, and the lady who was to come was unable at the last moment.  Fortunately I was available that weekend so I drove up on Friday morning. I got to be in the seminar about turkey hunting by a gentleman from Texas Parks and Wildlife and he was great and also funny.  We all laughed when he strutted like a turkey and they all got callers so he taught them how to use them.  They all went to the rifle range and I set up for my seminar the next morning and then went to see where we were going to do our shooting.  It was about 15 minutes away on a hill in the Hill Country of course, and there were 2 traps there that hadn’t been used since I don’t know when.  They had a foot release, you couldn’t load more than 10 targets at a time, and they couldn’t be reset to do a high chandelle so I was stuck with only going away targets.  I went back to the lodge and it was 4pm and then was told dinner would not be till 8:30 as some of the ladies wanted to go hunting.  Wine time came and I got a glass and one lady was in the lodge working also so we talked a bit then I went over to the seminar room to make sure all was good.  About 7, several of the ladies came back to the lodge and said that 2 others were going to go kill either a javalina or a hog.  They did indeed kill 1 hog and 2 javelinas. After a few drinks dinner was served about 9, and it was wonderful.  Then the price list came out if anyone wanted to use their new skills to kill an animal and here were the prices for that animal.  Most picked out an animal to kill in the next 2 ½ days.

The next day I had my OSP Shotgun seminar to find out how many had actually shot a shotgun. I was not surprised to see that only 2 of the 24 had ever shot a shotgun, so I made them all do the 3-bullet drill before we went out to the cold and blustery hill to shoot.  I was figuring we would stay an hour and go back to the lodge but after 3 ½ hours we stopped to go have lunch.  They all got to hit targets and the smiles were as big as the Rio Grande.  Back to the lodge and got packed up as I had a 5-hour drive ahead of me.  If you are ever near Utopia, Texas stop by the Record Buck Ranch, if you can find it, and see all the wildlife roaming around.  The ladies were all going hunting that afternoon, kill something then learn how to field dress it and the chef was going to cook it.  They were getting the whole experience of the outdoors.  Really a great program to introduce women to hunting either with a bow, rifle or shotgun.

Off to California to teach at Camanche Hills so will have a report next week on what everyone learned.

 Also Gil did an interview with the Behind the Break gentlemen, and it had a wealth of information in it so be sure and go listen to it.


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