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Vicki Ash

Vicki’s Blog

Vicki is considered one of the queens of the sport. She’s been known to outshoot many folks, regardless of gender! You’re assured a great learning experience when you get Vicki as your teacher. Send Vicki a message if there are any areas of information you would like for her to respond to.

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Lessons from 2021 Nationals

We had a great time at the NSCA Nationals. It’s always fun to see everyone and remember why we love this game so much. Every year we rent an RV and stay on the grounds. And this year we even rented ...

November 17, 2021

News from Vicki: New Clubs and Starting Over

It’s the end of October, which means the rest of the year is going to fly by and 2022 will be upon us. We’ve had a great year and it’s been fun to get back traveling again and seeing repeat stud...

October 23, 2021

Continuing Eye Issues

In April, we went to Iowa to teach the Scholastic Clay Target Program athletes and their coaches. I noticed that there was a blurry spot in my left eye, so when we returned to Fulshear, I called and w...

August 10, 2021

Back to Normal – A Quick Update

It’s been a busy couple of months and it feels like we are getting back to normal and traveling to clinics again. We have been to Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, South Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin...

August 10, 2021

Reflections from Cosner Reserve

It looks like people are getting back to some sense of normal. On our way to Sporting Clays at Cosner Reserve in Pelham, North Carolina, the airport was really crowded. There wasn’t a seat left on t...

May 10, 2021

Success in Des Moines

Gil and I just got back from Des Moines, Iowa where we were training the SCTP group and their coaches. What a great group of adults and athletes to be around. A big thank you to Larry Gay who is in c...

April 29, 2021

Thoughts on the Advance Class: New Moves and Nose on the Target

Just like the wind, March flew by way too fast. We had two Advance Schools this year and due to the COVID restrictions, only 12 people were allowed in the lodge at 74 Ranch. So, we had nine students a...

April 5, 2021

What A Difference A Week Makes!

Brian and I left on Thursday, February 11th for Ben Avery in Phoenix, to do three full days of teaching. When we left Houston, we were looking at what the weather was going to do. Our weather service ...

February 24, 2021

Beginning of a New Year

Well, 2020 is finally over. And just when I think 2021 is going to be a great year… things happen. But we are continuing to book clubs all over the U.S. to have a great year for helping people ...

January 15, 2021

Nationals 2020: Competing With New Eyes

Previously: My reflections on being able to see for the first time in 2 years.  Gil, Doss, and I got three days to actually shoot at our field before Nationals. And that was the first time I had sh...

November 9, 2020

My Cataract Journey (Part 3: The Second Surgery)

Read Part 1 and Part 2 The second surgery is done, and what a difference they’ve made in my life. I really didn’t realize how bad my vision was until I could see. The first one went so well, wi...

September 10, 2020

My Cataract Journey (Part 2: In Limbo)

In her first post, Vicki talked about the lead-up to her cataract surgery. In this post, she goes through the week following the surgery on the left eye. The afternoon after surgery I went home and d...

August 6, 2020

My Cataract Journey (Part 1)

In 2018, my eye doctor told me I was developing a cataract on my left eye, but at that point, it was not bad enough to do anything about it. In early 2019, I knew my vision in my left eye was getting ...

July 27, 2020

Quarantine Update

Here we are on day 3,080 of quarantine – or it feels like it, anyway. We have had the office closed down since March 20 and have been spending our time cleaning out boxes of stuff. We moved int...

May 12, 2020

Advance School 2020

Well, it has been a busy March. We did the Advance School the first two weeks and had a great time with everyone. There’s been a lot of learning and progress with everyone’s game. Now it’s ...

March 23, 2020

Ben Avery December 2019

We spent last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona teaching at Ben Avery. Wow, what a facility! We have been going to Ben Avery for about six to seven years, and it has grown so much. They used to have only on...

December 16, 2019

Nationals 2019

Well, it’s been a while since I told you what we’ve been up to, so here goes. It’s been a busy fall! We went to NSCA Nationals and as usual, we had a blast. This is the only tournament tha...

November 15, 2019

Looking at the Barrel and Making a Plan

We’re just getting home from teaching at a new club for us – Minute Man Sportsman’s Club just north of Boston. What a perfect time of year to go to a cooler climate. The leaves had not s...

October 1, 2019

Where Did July Go?

Wow, where did July go? We got to spend some time at the bay house over the 4th of July, but the winds were so high that we didn’t even get the boat out of the stall. We did have the right West wind...

August 28, 2019

Punching in to Master Class

On our last Coaching Hour podcast, we had some students who have punched into Master Class and they wanted to know about the mindset of competing in Master Class. Each of them has families and jobs an...

June 28, 2019

Tips for a High-Volume Shoot – Bolivia 2019

I’m home from Bolivia. Gil and I had a great week seeing old friends, making new ones, and instructing in the field on how to best take the dove and pigeon shots. Everyone did their gun mount h...

June 4, 2019

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 speake...

May 30, 2019

April – Frozen to Blustery!

Gil and Brian got home from teaching the kids of SCTP in Frozen Butt, Iowa. After I taught the novice clinic and Easter coming up, we started a Coaching Hour on Wednesday. But there was so much static...

April 22, 2019

19 Years at Camanche Hills!

It’s been 19 years that we have been coming to Camanche Hills Sporting Clays in Northern California. My, how time has flown. Next year we will have to have a party when our 20th year rolls around. W...

April 9, 2019

2019 Spring has Sprung: Back on the Road Again!

Lessons from the Advance School We had two weeks of Advance School at the 74 Ranch, and what a great two weeks they were. The biggest thing we worked on was having a pause before you call “pull,” ...

March 25, 2019

Why Won’t You Practice the Flashlight Drill?

Brian and I just got back from teaching for four days at Ben Avery in Phoenix. They keep telling us they only get seven days of rain a year, but every time we come it rains. Then a cold front blew in ...

February 20, 2019

Where Did January Go?

Here it is the end of January, and where did the days go? After we all got back from San Diego, Gil and I went to Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada to do seminars. We had a full hou...

January 30, 2019

Welcome to 2019!

Wow, 2018 went really fast and we started 2019 in sunny San Diego, CA with the family.  Andrea, Tim, Avery, and their exchange student from Colombia came down from Oregon. Gil, Brian, Jackie (fiancé...

January 16, 2019

Youth Interventions and Year-End Wrap Up

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! And it’s going to be a great New Year. We have already fully booked the year for clinics, so check it out and come see us somewhere in this country. Or come dove and/or pigeo...

January 2, 2019

Knowledge Vault Will Improve Your Game!

We are in sunny Florida doing clinics at the Sarasota Trap, Skeet and Clays Club. The weather is beautiful and temperature is 65 degrees, getting warmer by the minute, and everyone here is wrapped up ...

December 9, 2018

No Heavy Lifting!

Wow, what a busy three weeks. Sorry to be so late in letting you know what the Ashes are doing, so here goes. Gil went to Boise, Idaho with John Wiles of Best Wingshooting to check out a place where y...

November 16, 2018

Nationals 2018

I’m sitting inside our RV in San Antonio at the 2018 NSCA National Tournament and it is pouring down rain here. We chose not to go and shoot our 28-gauge 100-bird competition or the 28-gauge FITASC ...

October 29, 2018

Preparing For A Hunt

We have been busy teaching a lot of folks who are going on some kind of hunt, some for the first time. I have had several lessons with folks going to Argentina for the first time and tried to emphasiz...

October 12, 2018

Phoenix is HOT in September!

Brian and I got away from the rain in Houston and into the heat in Phoenix… and I mean the heat. It was 110 degrees at least each day, and we got through it. Wow, it was so hot! But it was a dry hea...

September 17, 2018

Bolivia – Pennsylvania – Phoenix!

Sorry to be so late with another blog, but things have been really busy here. We went to Bolivia to a beautiful lodge and shot doves and pigeons for four days. Gil had gone last year when I was kid-si...

September 10, 2018

Coaching Hour Transcripts Underway, August Travels and More!

We, meaning all of us in the office plus our new editor Nick, are trying to get the rest of the Coaching Hour transcriptions up on the OSP website. 2001 through 2014 are up and readable, but we have m...

August 13, 2018

Ashe County Wildlife Club

We just finished three days at Ashe County in the mountains of North Carolina where the high was 75 degrees. A lot nicer than the 100 degrees in Houston. This is a new club for us and the reception wa...

July 23, 2018

Oregon 2018

I’m on my way home from a great ten days with our granddaughter Avery in Oregon while her parents were gone. Our daughter Andrea turned 40 years old, so a little vacation is a reward for her and Tim...

July 19, 2018

Coaching Hour – Hot Topics!

We have been at the bay house for a week now and fishing hasn’t been great but the crab traps have been busy. In 3 days we got 28 crabs and had a big crab boil with our neighbors and ate them al...

July 10, 2018

Nashville – Country Music Hall of Fame!

It was a great week in Nashville. Our son-in-law and his team were on morning radio to be inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame. Even Garth Brooks showed up! So cool. We went by Double Gu...

June 28, 2018

Argentina 2018

What a great time we had in Argentina! We spent eight days of shooting; first doves where we taught in the field and didn’t shoot, then on to the pigeon lodge where we shot those deceiving big birds...

June 19, 2018

What’s Going On at OSP

Mother’s Day brought us back to Houston after being at Drake Landing in North Carolina for three days of learning. Great place, great people and good targets in the hills… and for a flatlander, s...

May 31, 2018

Three for Three at Kiowa Creek

We had a great three days at Kiowa Creek in Denver, Colorado for all three of us. And we were especially happy that it didn’t snow on us. We will be back the same weekend next year, so put it on the...

May 14, 2018

Vicki’s California Adventure!

I took a long ten-day trip to California, and what I learned is fabulous. I was solo on this trip going to two places I’d never been before. My first stop was in Sonoma at the Wing and Barrel Ranch....

April 30, 2018

California and Balance

On my way to a new adventure, going to California, alone, to a new club. It’s my time to spread my wings and fly — literally fly to Sacramento, then on to Sonoma to the Wing and Barrel Club for th...

April 23, 2018

Problem with a Target?

It’s Sunday morning and I’m at NTB with Brian’s truck, since he had a flat tire on his way to do his clinic this morning. So I left him my car and brought his truck to get new tires. It’s been...

April 9, 2018

Hope is Not a Plan

Wow, what a great weekend clinic I had at our home field! Gil and Brian were in freezing Iowa teaching the SCTP coaches and athletes in the snow while I took the clinic in 80-degree Houston. I got luc...

March 28, 2018

Advance School Week One: Lots of “A-has” and “Wows!”

We had a great first week of Advance School. There were lots of “a-has” and we gave everyone some things to work on to improve their shooting. We had several “move, mount, shoot” people for th...

March 7, 2018

Make Your Plan and Shoot Your Plan!

Last weekend in Hurricane, Utah was great and we found out why it’s called “Hurricane”: on Saturday the wind came up and blew 40-50 mph. It was hard to even stay on your feet, especially when a ...

February 14, 2018

See It, Stabilize It, Send It!

2018 started busy as ever. The first weekend took us to Dallas Safari Club to do our seminars. This year Brian went with us to see what goes on. It is a big show and lots of people come to see all the...

January 19, 2018

Holiday with the Ashes!

Boy, was the end of 2017 busy! We had our Christmas here on Christmas Day, then on the 26th we gathered the crew and went to Bend, Oregon to meet up with our daughter Andrea and family for fun in the ...

January 15, 2018

Doing a Little Fishing

We are taking some time off and doing a little fishing. Since it is winter and all the bait fish have gone out of the bays, we have to change what we are doing to catch the fish that are left behind. ...

December 12, 2017

A Great Year of Learning

Whew, what a great year of learning 2017 has been! We have traveled a lot; we met so many great people this year and added five new clubs, so all is good. We’re still recouping from Harvey, getting ...

December 1, 2017

Make Your Plan and Shoot Your Plan!

We are leaving to come home after being at Garland Mountain Sporting Clays near Canton, Georgia. Wow, what a beautiful place. Being November, the trees had turned their fall colors, which was lovely. ...

November 13, 2017

Fun at Nationals

We had a fabulous time at Nationals this year. It was so great to see everyone again. We rented an RV and became trailer-park trash for a week. We had a ball staying on “campus” and not having to ...

November 7, 2017

Pennsylvania to Houston to Connecticut

We’re on to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays and had another great three days of learning with a lot of new folks and several of our repeat offenders. Lehigh is in an old limestone quarry and has a lot ...

September 26, 2017

Bye-Bye, Harvey – Hello, St. Louis!

Harvey is gone and left the Houston area devastated with homes underwater and lives destroyed. But we will return as a better city. The one thing that everyone shared with us from all over the country...

September 26, 2017

Hurricane Harvey!

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers as the state of Texas has gone through the worst natural disaster in years. This makes two years in a row that we have had torrential rains and subdi...

September 12, 2017

Argentina Pigeon Hunt

We made it to the Montaraz Lodge – the pigeon lodge. After a light lunch, we were off to the pigeon fields. Hunting pigeons in Argentina is so much fun since it is like hunting ducks without the...

September 11, 2017

Argentina – Dove Hunt

It’s Thursday morning and we are in the van again to make the trip to the Pigeon Lodge. This one is only four hours away. We had a great time at Tomas Frontera’s Lodge La Zenaida or what is referr...

August 9, 2017

Argentina – Duck Hunt

We got home from teaching in Montana on Monday, July 24, and quickly unpacked and washed clothes, as we were headed for Argentina early Wednesday morning. After going to Argentina all these years, we ...

August 1, 2017

Emmet County Sportsmen’s Club

What a great trip to Emmet County Sportsmen’s Club last weekend… that is, once we got there. Our flight left at 5 AM on Wednesday to Chicago, and we landed at 8 AM. So far, so good. Our flight to ...

July 25, 2017

Vicki’s Sweet Vacation

I’m just getting back from what our general manager Becky called my vacation in Oregon with granddaughter Avery. I am not sure that vacation is the correct term. Our daughter Andrea and her husband ...

June 26, 2017

Continue Learning with the Three-Bullet and Flashlight Drills

It’s been a busy eight weeks of traveling from club to club. We have added five new clubs this year, so it’s been very hectic. But there’s been a great deal of learning going on. We have gone fr...

June 16, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Whew, what a busy and active three weeks! We went to a new club near Raleigh, North Carolina called Drake Landing. A wonderful club with a great staff and great targets. There were a lot of crossers, ...

May 26, 2017

“Pretty Gun, Isn’t It?”

“Pretty gun, isn’t it?” I know we come from a society that aims down the barrel of the gun. Most people started with a BB Gun, went to a 22, then on to a rifle and then on to a shotgun. They tho...

May 15, 2017

Make Your Plan and Shoot Your Plan: Going from 75 to 90

Here are some thoughts that I talked about in the Coaching Hour where we were talking about how to go from 75 to 90 percent. (Part two here) Before you get into the stand you should have a plan &#8211...

May 8, 2017

Crunch Time!

Crunch time has arrived. Our calendar is full and fishing is out for a while. Oh well. We are on our journey of constant discovery. Each day is a new one. We think we have heard it all and then it hap...

May 3, 2017

You Must Practice with a Routine and Plan

It’s spring, which makes us want to get outside and shoot. The biggest issue that seems to be coming up is shooters’ frustration at having so much potential in practice. Yet on game day, they fail...

April 11, 2017

Teaching in the Rain

Brian, Gil and I are here at 74 Ranch south of San Antonio, Texas doing our 2nd Advance School. We are all here and have had a ball introducing new ideas and ways to improve everyone’s game. It&...

March 13, 2017

2017 Safari International Club Conventions

We’re returning from the Safari International Club Convention where we had two great seminars. We are the only folks that get a two-hour seminar and we always run overtime because there are so many ...

February 6, 2017

“Damn, this works!”

I’m sitting here at South Florida Shooting Club watching it rain on a cold Sunday. We have had a great few days of teaching and even some time to shoot the ShotKam for the website. We had so many st...

February 6, 2017

Nuisance Decisions Get in the Way

We’re just getting back from South Carolina and Florida. It struck me how nuisance decisions get in the way of everyone shooting their best. On the September 2016 Coaching Hour, we discussed how mak...

November 30, 2016

If Only We Had a Magic Pill

I was in the office this week due to all the rain we have been having and spoke to several people about the plateaus they were on, as well as how to get beyond the score they were stuck on. If only we...

September 12, 2016

Performance Anxiety

As the different state shoots are coming up and then Nationals in October, there seems to be some performance anxiety rearing its ugly head. You can’t let that control what you do. This anxiety is f...

September 12, 2016

Vicki’s Family Reunion

Well, it’s been an exciting two weeks. Our daughter Andrea and granddaughter Avery came to town last Monday, so we spent the week with them to prepare for our Watson Family Reunion. We were in charg...

September 12, 2016

Do the Drill!

I know we have talked and talked about everyone doing the flashlight drill and the three-bullet drill and I have a hard time figuring out why no one will do them. They cost nothing other than a ten-do...

July 22, 2016

“Two Eyes – No Gun!”

It’s been an exciting number of very busy weeks for us. Traveling from hot South Carolina to the bay for a few days over July 4th to cool Montana for a welcome change from the oppressive heat in...

July 22, 2016

Travelling this Month

Brian and Gil went to Iowa to teach coaches and kids of Larry Gay’s SCTP team and I went to Oregon to babysit our granddaughter, Avery. What a busy week with a 7-year-old. She had every minute plann...

June 15, 2016

Argentina 2016

After leaving the snow of Colorado and the floods in Houston, we left for Cordoba, Argentina to rid the country of those pesky doves and pigeons. It was fall in the Southern Hemisphere. Usually, it’...

June 7, 2016

Effort and Attitude

Our Coaching Hour is our monthly hour of solving problems, talking about what we have learned, and hearing about our students’ successes and things they had learned. On last month’s Coaching Hour,...

May 23, 2016

Four Days at Kiowa Creek

We’re just getting back from a fantastic four days of teaching in Colorado at Kiowa Creek, just outside of Denver. We had so many students that Brian got to go with us and we took 15 students each d...

May 10, 2016

Fishing, Shooting, and Life

We went on a fishing trip yesterday. I say “fishing” because there was not a lot of catching on this trip due to the weather and a lot of wind. So, it also gave me a chance to think about how frus...

April 18, 2016

Close Targets Within 30 Yards

It seems there has been a big issue of students who come to clinics or lessons and always want to learn to shoot the farther targets. But I ask, “Can you shoot all the targets that are within 30 yar...

March 24, 2016

Close Targets Within 30 Yards

It seems there has been a big issue of students who come to clinics or lessons and always want to learn to shoot the farther targets. But I ask, “Can you shoot all the targets that are within 30 yar...

March 24, 2016

Florida Recap

We have been in Florida for the past 21 days, and while wish I could say we were enjoying the warm sunshine, it was cold until the last day. We were in our down jackets and rain gear and those shorts ...

February 22, 2016

Reflections and Realizations

We were in Dallas last weekend for the Dallas Safari Club Convention. As I drove the four hours with Gil working on something and all was quiet (hard to believe, I know) I started reflecting on the pa...

January 14, 2016

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 h...

December 29, 2015

Sarasota Gun Club 2015

We have had a great week in Florida, going to Sarasota Gun Club for the first time. What a great club. It’s getting larger and adding new courses in the next few months. We will be back on January 2...

December 23, 2015

Nationals 2015

Shooting at Nationals It was another great year at the NSCA National Championship – or at least for most of it before the rain set in. We shot our main event on Monday and Tuesday when it was su...

November 2, 2015

California and Montana September 2015

We went to Quail Point in northern California for our first time and it was so exciting for us as well as our students. They had had the regional shoot two weeks before and had left the course as it w...

October 30, 2015

Learning New Skills: Fishing and Shooting

We’ve been able to take some time off from our busy schedule and have come to the bay house to chill and fish. Until six years ago I had never really fished at all. Growing up in Houston, my dad...

September 21, 2015

Dove Hunt #2

We’re back to the dove lodge with a new group of folks from Texas, St. Louis, and Jamaica. What a great experience. Everyone jelled perfectly. The Jamaicans had been there a day, so they had alr...

June 8, 2015

The Pigeon Lodge

Argentina Pigeon Lodge How much fun we had and how many lessons learned. And of course, the food and service were fabulous. The pigeon lodge was built in 1622 and has so much history. The manager Chri...

June 3, 2015

Argentina Dove Hunting 2015

We left Houston at 10:30 in a big rainstorm. Houston had so much rain on Monday night that it flooded the town. And we were getting it again. Getting to Argentina Off to Panama to catch our flight to ...

June 3, 2015

DNR Training in Iowa

We’re on our way home from doing two DNR trainings. One was in Florida which had 186 volunteers that we introduced to the OSP System. The other was in Des Moines, Iowa at the International Hunte...

May 22, 2015

Learning at Kiowa Creek

Last weekend’s clinic at our field at American Shooting Centers was as always a learning experience for us all. Just when we think we have heard it all, something new comes up. Once again, not l...

May 5, 2015

Headed to Argentina with Us? Practice Your Gun Mount!

Practice Your Gun Mount! We are going on another great trip to Argentina on May 28th. The topic of practicing your gun mounts before we go has come up. We’ve talked to many who are going with us...

April 21, 2015

Brian: The New Addition to OSP

Welcome, Brian! We had a few days last weekend when we had time to go shoot with our new employee: our son Brian who has joined us at OSP. We are so excited that he has chosen to come to help us teach...

April 21, 2015

Grandma Vicki in Oregon

While Mom and Dad went on a well-deserved vacation, Grandma Vicki took the reins over one of our granddaughters – a very active 6-year-old, Avery. Our daughter Andrea and her husband Tim live in...

March 29, 2015

Finishing Up at Advance Schools

We had a great three weeks of Advance Schools. A whole lot of learning went on in the three-and-a-half days of classes. Being at the 74 Ranch is such a great learning experience. You eat, sleep, and l...

March 23, 2015

Return to Sunny Florida

Another great week in sunny Florida. I feel like I just left… Oh, wait. We did just leave 10 days ago. The event we did was a little different from just clinics at Gulf Coast Clays. We called it...

February 24, 2015

Leaving Sunny Florida

We were in sunny Florida last weekend and had a great time with some new students and our repeat offenders, too. The weather was a lot better than in most parts of the country and we had some folks co...

February 1, 2015

Dallas Safari Club Seminars

We did our seminars at Dallas Safari Club’s convention last weekend. And as always, the animations were a hit. Everyone liked the duck, pheasant, dove, and pigeon kill shots from the Knowledge V...

January 29, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Be safe out there. ‘Til next year…...

December 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We had a great Thanksgiving week. Andrea, Tim, and Avery came in from Oregon and our son Brian picked them up from the airport. That began the week of fun. They got to the house about the time I finis...

December 17, 2014

Houston Clinic and More

Lessons Learned in Houston It’s been a strange week here in Houston, Texas. We had a great clinic last weekend. Gil did individual lessons and I took on the clinic for two days. We had so much f...

November 13, 2014

Relearning to Slow Down

Last weekend we went quail hunting at the 74 Ranch south of San Antonio. This is always a fun hunt and we do it four times a year. The thing that I learned (and probably have to relearn at the beginni...

November 10, 2014

Vicki’s Accomplishment at 2014 Nationals

What a great time at the 26th NSCA National Tournament. At the Hall of Fame Banquet, we found out that I was the only one that had been to all 26 years of tournaments. Who knew? Fun Times in the RV We...

November 9, 2014

Headed to Nationals after Clinics

We had a wonderful weekend clinic a week and a half ago and taught all week. Next, we’re going to the NSCA National tournament to visit with good friends and of course meet new ones. Our last c...

October 19, 2014

Catching up with Vicki

Back from Oregon We are just getting back from three wonderful days with our daughter Andrea, son-in-law, Tim, and one of our granddaughters, Avery. On Wednesday, Gil went salmon fishing with the boys...

October 7, 2014

Teaching in Oregon

We’re on our way to Oregon for a short family reunion and some teaching at a new (to us) club in Grants Pass. First, we’re flying into Medford, then on to Eugene to visit with our daught...

September 23, 2014

From Pennsylvania to Iowa

Our trip from Pennsylvania to Des Moines, Iowa was a little less than perfect. We left Allentown, PA after a great four days. Then on to Chicago, then on to Des Moines, Iowa…or at least that was...

September 11, 2014

Lehigh Valley Shooting Clinic

This is our third or fourth year to come to the limestone quarry known as Lehigh Valley. We once again had four fabulous days with the staff and students. Some were repeaters, but most were new to us...

September 10, 2014

Being in Flow

On our recent Argentina trip, I found myself on the third day of the pigeon hunt not shooting very well.  I guess that’s an understatement of my inability to hit anything. After shooting doves ...

September 9, 2014

Cardinal Shooting Center – Our First Visit

We visited a new club out of Columbus, Ohio last weekend and found an oasis in the middle of nowhere. This was our first time, and the facility is beautiful and huge. They have a long row of trap ran...

September 8, 2014

Baffin Bay

As soon as we got off the plane we had to drive to Baffin Bay with a stop off at our bay house to get all the gear and then drive down past Corpus Christie to Baffin Bay to fish with a student and his...

August 11, 2014

Argentina 2014

We arrived in Cordoba, Argentina on Tuesday August 5 having left Houston on Monday August 4, at 12:30 AM, got through customs and then on to the lodge.That trip was another 2 hours but at the lodge Ed...

August 11, 2014

Teaching in South Dakota

Hunters Point Sporting ClaysWe finally got to Hunters Point Sporting Clays in Humbolt, South Dakota. Don’t know where Humbolt, SD is, it is 16 miles west of Sioux Falls, SD. Tony Bour the owner ...

August 3, 2014

Taking time off in Alaska

Just returning from a vacation in Alaska. Vacation is not something we get to do and this one was very special as we spent it with our daughter Andrea, her husband Tim and most importantly with one of...

July 23, 2014

Advanced School #1

Vicki’s Blog-Advance Class #1 The first advance class was a true learning experience. We had some new faces and some repeaters but it was a good mix and a lot of ah-ha’s came about. Day 1-...

July 18, 2014

Advanced School #2

We began this school with a lot of talk about Peripheral Acceptance of the gun farther and farther behind the gun. This is such a hard thing to do as it is very uncomfortable but the way to improve is...

July 18, 2014

74 Ranch 2014 – Week 1

74 Ranch 1st weekSitting at 74 Ranch waiting for Gil to finish a lesson and waiting for the next cold front to hit here and drive home in the rain. Oh joy! When will spring be here? Can’t be too...

July 5, 2014

Georgia DNR

We are waiting in the airport for our 2:55pm flight to leave and its 4:45pm and we are still on the ground. Ahh the joys of traveling for a living. Oh well, gives me time to tell you about our excitin...

May 27, 2014

Safari Club International Convention – Las Vegas!

SCI conventionJust returning from Las Vegas from the SCI convention and what a convention it is.Everything you want for a hunting experience is on showcase. You can book a hunt in Africa or any where ...

February 6, 2014

Seven Days in Beautiful Florida

Just returning from spending 7 days in Florida. We got to Orlando, Florida and made our way past Disney World to Lakeland, Florida to meet with the DNR(Department of Natural Resources in other states)...

January 28, 2014

Vicki’s Blog – England

Vicki’s Blog…EnglandComing home from 12 days in England. Wow did we have fun. We came into London after a 10 hour overnight flight and were met at the airport by our good friend Chris Pott...

November 9, 2013

St. Louis

Two great days in St. Louis with some repeat offenders but a lot of new faces too. We also had a writer from SCI to cover the school and to learn to shoot so be looking for an article about all the go...

October 30, 2013

South Carolina

We had another great weekend at The Clinton House in South Carolina. This is our 3rd year to go to Clinton, SC and each year has been better than the year before. Mike Johnson who runs the place has d...

October 27, 2013

Wingshooting Argentina

What a great time we had in Argentina in August. We have this figured out when to go. In August when it is hot as you know what here in Houston, lets go to Argentina where it is winter. Their winter i...

September 24, 2013

Lessons from LeHigh Valley

We had a great trip to LeHigh Valley in PA., for those of you who haven’t been there, it is at an old limestone quarry with target presentations like you haven’t seen. You will have target...

September 24, 2013

Canada

On our way home from another great trip to Wapiti gun club in Grande Prairie Alberta, Canada. The club is great and the people are even better. We always enjoy this trip to visit with everyone. Their ...

June 30, 2013

What We Learned at the Advance Schools

We have just finished doing 3 weeks of advance schools and boy did we all have fun and a great deal of learning went on for all of us. The one thing we wanted everyone to learn to do was to have the g...

March 21, 2013

Focus Ratios and Lower Gun Mount

It’s Monday we must be on an airplane going home to Houston. We had a great weekend at OK Coral in Okeechobee, Florida. Yes we were back at OK Corral in 3 weeks as the demand was so great that w...

February 17, 2013

Four Days at Ben Avery 2013

If you haven’t been to Ben Avery Shooting Center you should go. Great venue and lots of great target presentations and of course the great staff.We had 4 days of teaching and learning and made m...

February 3, 2013

Ok Corral Weekend

Just leaving “sunny” warm Florida…NOT! But Great weekend at OK Coral in Ockeechobee, Florida. So good in fact we will return in 3 weeks.Great club that is growing with a lot of great...

January 21, 2013

Shot Show 2013

The 2013 shot show was huge as it always is but it had a special meaning this year because of the gun violence in 2012 ending in December with the Sandy Hook shooting, the folks who buy and sell guns ...

January 10, 2013