April 2015

Richard Owen reminisces this issue about his youth, a time when he had access to so much land to pursue his beloved quail, he didn't have enough time each fall to hunt it all. In his "Sporting Road" column, he notes, "As 'progress' slowly tightened its grip on the land, our nearby gunning opportunities slipped from our grasp, and our search for new spots entail ever-lengthening drives. The freedom of open country keeps moving farther and farther away."

"Thankfully, sporting clays has served to ease a little of the pain from the mounting cost of shotgunning" Richard consoles. "This hunter's game offers for most of us a chance to walk the woods close to home and shoot at bird-like presentations."

Along with urban encroachment, shifts in agriculture itself can mean fewer places to hunt. With more and more farmers lured to the lucrative business of raising corn, largely to meet the huge demands of the ethanol biofuel market, wildlife habitat takes another hit.

Unless you live in a part of the country that's near huge tracts of state or federal lands, there's a good chance that you, too, have noticed your hunting opportunities dwindling. And some of those destinations are too distant to permit casual weekend forays afield. Like ol' Uncle Richard, we also "walk the woods close to home" on sporting clays clubs to satisfy the desire to smell gunpowder between bird hunts.

Conquer Your Fear Of FITASC
Silly worries about impossible targets or weird rules keep far too many gunners from enjoying all that this French form of sporting clays has to offer shooters of all caliber.

Spruce Up Your Sporting Gun
Customizing your clays buster now for higher scores this target season.

All-Weather Sporting
Don't let searing heat or rain or old man winter take a bite out of your scores.

Argentina Prime Time
The well-traveled author insists that Argentina Wingshooting Lodge just may be the finest bird shooting operation in all of Argentina.

Top Shooting Vests Picks
Today, shotgunners from big to small can find the perfect fit and function vest to let them shoot their best.

Professional Sporting Clays Association—Season One And Beyond
The PSCA's inaugural year success promises great things toward its goal of promoting the clays sports to shotgunners worldwide.

The Illusion Of "X" Improvement
Go ahead and give the Xs on the score sheet your attention—provided you’re content with just an OK tally at the end of the round.

2014 NSCA National Championship
Michigan's Pat Lieske crowned his Hall-Of-Fame induction with an HOA trophy at this record-setting silver anniversary shoot in Texas.

Western Regional Championship
Zach Kienbaum topped the 383 main-event shooters at Clark County Shooting Complex with a two-day score of 192.

Benelli 454
The picturesque changing of leaf colors in the Laurel Highlands of Southwest Pennsylvania attracted 115 shooters for the fourth annual Benelli 454 sporting clays competition at The Shooting Academy at Nemacolin October 11-12.

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See Our Video Recap of the 2015 Blaser
If you’re still savoring one of the first big shoots of the year, the Blaser Skeet Classic, or you’re regretting having missed it, we have one more good look at the March 20-22 shoot. Enjoy our video recap of the Blaser, from start to finish. Video by Gene Stewart

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Jason Ward Wins Blaser Classic
Jason Ward is the 2015 Blaser Skeet Classic Champion, winning the HOA title at last weekend’s annual event at the National Shooting Complex. Ward shot a 399×400 to earn the Blaser championship. Paul Giambrone III was runner-up at 398, and John Castillo finished third with a score of 398. Rebecca McCumber was the top Lady […]

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