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No leaves No see targets

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by stilltrying, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. stilltrying

    stilltrying Member

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    At the one Club I shoot at since the leaves fell off the trees it is impossible to clearly see some targets to be able to track them. The traps face south. There is a forest of trees about 150 yards from the traps. We usually shoot from 10 am to 1pm one day a week. The problem as I see it, is as one tracks some some targets you go from seeing it to having it disappear as it passes in front of a grey spot or break in the trees. Some posts are worst then others. We use orange targets. It seems as a result of this poor background many of the guys are shooting less and no one wants to shoot handicap! We no longer have ATA shoots probably because of the bad rap about the back ground. The shooting is not to too bad when the trees get their leaves. Many guys have tried different colored lens they have not helped. One cannot shoot them all quick enough before they disappear. What is the answer? Turn the forest into fire wood or a different colored rock?
     
  2. dhip

    dhip Active Member

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    Sounds like a concentration problem,usually from what I've seen,you can find a color lense that woks better than others,but you did say some have tried,contact Decot or another maker describe the scenario and see if they can make a particuliar color recomendation.That's about all you can do unless the club wants to invest in a backdrop,but that might be a little expensive.

    Doug H.
     
  3. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    We shoot north with the same dark/light background issue. No complaints with orange white flyers. Concentration and adapting to background conditions seem to be the easy answer.

    Eric
     
  4. plaw

    plaw Active Member

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    put up a wall like they do in olympic shootin,
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    The winter sun position is probably working against you as well. Different color targets might help but what color? The lighter colors will probably be worse, solid black might actually help if the 'kill zone' is in front of the grey leafless trees. Its worth a try anyway.

    Going from dark to light backgound is a real trick for our eyes, seems like the older we get the longer it takes for our eyes to pick up movement and adapt to varing light condtions. Warmer weather is on its way....
     
  6. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    I would rather shoot at a black target instead of an orange target where the background is dull gray or brown grass or brush.
     
  7. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    Shooting south does not help. All you get is glare off the target, especially between those times.. Once they enter the skyline the glare is the same color as the sky. Shooting to the north is best. The sun is behind you, lighting the targets from the back. East targets in the morning, and west targets in the evening are the same way.
     
  8. Shooting Sailor

    Shooting Sailor Well-Known Member

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    Try a couple boxes of the green-yellow White flyers. They stand out better than orange against a dull background.
     
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