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Taking a break from trap......

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by famill00, Jun 8, 2008.

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  1. famill00

    famill00 TS Member

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    Well, as part of the middle class folk, today I decided to lock the trap gun away in the cabinet. I put all the primers and powder and wads and reloaders away in the closet. I dont know when I will be able to pull them back out with the cost of everything. So, in lieu of trapshooting, I will be shooting alot more archery this summer. If any of yall want to see me I will most likely be spending the weekends at the Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, IL. Since a month of trapshooting would cost an arm and a leg, I decided to buy a kayak today...a nice one made for fishing. I will be doing alot more of that too. At 2 bucks a dozen for worms per fishing trip...I think I can afford that. The preserve is 5 miles from my apartment...Gas to get there isnt that bad. I will just chalk up the 700 dollars on the canoe as recreational dollars I would have spent anyways on shooting. I figure in two months time it will have paid for itself...besides Bush gave me 600 so I wasnt out that much. I guess all in all the point that I am trying to make is that I love being outdoors and even though I wont be shooting trap I will be enjoying the out of doors. I have made alot of good friends in this sport and plan to stick around ts.com. It was said on a different thread that BSing on here is free. Amen. I for one am looking forward to getting back to what I was raised on...archery and fishing and all those other outdoor activities that we did when I was a kid cause we couldnt afford the luxurious stuff. I had this talk with my dad today and he said that he was proud of me for not forgetting where I came from. Perhaps I will see you all in the woods or on the water.

    Forrest Miller
     
  2. foghorn220

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    Forrest sonds like you was raised up right and know when to fold and do other things instead.

    Im in the same boat myself I don't think I will fire a shot this year at all okm I hadn't since last august and im over my with drawals now.

    Anyway if I do shoot it will be at a place that will count for something just incase I was to be lucky that day.

    Wow 2 bucks a dozen for worms I think I could get all the night crawlers I wanted for free anyway used to when I was a kid just put 2 prongs in the ground and plug it up to the A/C and they pop out.

    Fog
     
  3. joe kuhn

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    Forest,

    We'll probably see you at Blackwell. We go there alot to walk and bike the trails. Kids love the rental boats. Watch for us.

    I took my break over the Winter. The weather is back, but the economy...that's a different term.
     
  4. famill00

    famill00 TS Member

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    Joe,

    Get those kiddos a bow and arrow and come on out to the archery range. There are lots of kids that shoot out there. They will have a blast! Send me a PM and we will meet up out there for a picnic or something.


    Foggy,

    I noticed on that TN list that the winners were few of the guys that we used to shoot with in S. IL or western KY. I havent talked to alot of them but the ones that I have talked to arent shooting either. They still got you working lots of hours at B&S? I seem to go nonstop since I moved up to Chicago.

    Forrest
     
  5. Ken X

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    I also take my break during every winter, when it is too damn cold to shoot! I may practice a lot less, but registereds are too much fun and the sport is too important to forget about during the summer. My practice will be during the registereds. Some day if the price were to triple or something, I might think about it, but I would rather cut back somwhere else. Although I might not like it too much, I might drive a $500 clunker every day instead of a nice car, if thats what it would take to keep shooting. Food - I don't know, I like that too much.
     
  6. W.P.T.

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    There seems to be a lot of that going around and not in any particular part of the country ... The economy is hitting a lot of people and causing them to eliminate what was once the luxuries of life and its only going to continue for some time to come ... We will adjust and get past it but its going to take a long time for things to come back into balance ... I have never seen as many homes for sale, RV's and just about any thing else you can think of are being liquidated to try to keep things afloat in this area ... It don't pay to go to the shoots because there is nothing to shoot for and even if you win you don't break even at the little local shoots ... I will contiue to practice a little for awhile until I get bored with that and then who knows ..? WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. famill00

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    For me deciding to do something different is about more than just the cost. For me going to the clubs for the camaraderie was more enjoyable than the shooting. When the people arent there its not as much fun.

    Forrest
     
  8. BILL GRILL

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    Good God Lighten up! The world isn't coming to an end yet. If you would have taken that extra 600 and put it with your regular shooting budget you would have been just fine. That woe is me attitude is for losers! If I have to I'll get another job to keep shooting. God helps those who help themselves. There you have my rant. Bill Grill
     
  9. Jeff P

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    Bill...I guess it's just going to be you and i on the line pretty soon, LOL.

    I propose an equitable division: You can win the singles this week if I can win the 'caps, and next week we'll switch. I'll bring the trophies this month, you can bring them next month.
     
  10. BILL GRILL

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    Jeff I like your attitude.
     
  11. Big Jack

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    It's truly a shame to see the economy driving the game down. Understandable, yes. Folks have only so much of those disposable funds to expend on breaking those noneatable pieces of clay. Heck, at one time I had as many as two sons shooting as well as myself and it was nothing to shoot up a case (that was 500 rounds at that time) in a practice afternoon. That was when targets were cheap and reloading at less then a third of today's prices. I am sure we will never see those days again but I, for one, will miss them. My sons have quit the game due to changes of interests but I still find time and shells to shoot a round or two every chance I get. Old habits die hard!

    Big Jack
     
  12. spitter

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    It makes absolutely no sense to me to give up something entirely that one enjoys or provides some needed relief from the rest of the weeks' pressures...
    Recreation offsets stress which will cost us a heckuva lot more later on down the road.

    If shells are up 30%, shoot 20% less to keep the budget the same - that might not be practical in a shoot, but be creative. You may not be able to offset the entire increase, but don't throw baby out with the bath water.

    Jay
     
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    The sky may not be falling but it sure as hell is cloudy and cold. LOL I guess we will just have to wait for a nicer day.
     
  14. biff

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    Otnot, sounds like you are still in Alaska! Bring some of that cold when you come down to the Grand! Biff
     
  15. otnot

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    Bill congratulations on the 100 and to do it with an old Ithaca is something to charish. I have yet to try registered targets with my old SBT's.

    Biff it is still cold up here (65 daytime and 45 at night)I won't be at the Grand this year but if I could I would gladly send you down some cool weather. That was too hot even for this Mexican. Tear them up this summer.
     
  16. SeldomShoots

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    I'm with you Forrest, I have slowed down. I figure I won't bother registering targets and if I want to shoot at my state shoot I'll just shoot at the 25 yard line. I love the 3D archery and the 22 rifle shoots they have around my home county so I'll just go to more of them. However, I hate not getting the practice in on trap. Good luck with shooting and this economy. John
     
  17. 22hornet

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    I don't think things are that bad, either. Here is an observation I made this past weekend...my wife and I went to Sun Mountain Gun Club in Coarsegold, CA on Saturday to shoot sporting clays. It was a spectacular day in the western Sierra foothills. Beautiful weather. The club was in tip-top shape. The trap fields looked great. Richard and Kim (the proprietors)are great folks. There was nobody there! The Queen Bee and I had it all to ourselves. Here's the thing...right next door is a large Indian casino/hotel complex. The parking lot was packed.

    Folks appeared to have plenty of money to piss away in some casino on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I think that we are losing our shooting and outdoors sporting culture to the indoor "activities". I don't think it's the economy. I think most shooters will find a way to keep shooting.
     
  18. jimx200

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    Forrest, I have not shot much at all the past 3 years and don't miss it at all. I have always paddled my canoe, but am now an addicted kayaker. Nothing better than early mornings or evenings on a river, lake, or ocean bay. I have 3 kayaks (way more trap guns) as there is no one "do it all" boat. I take my Border Collie with me on my 15' sit on top...this dog thinks she is a lab with her love of water. After a 6-10 mile paddle, nothing keeps me up at night...darn fine sport. My other passion is bike riding (road). Both sports will keep you in fine shape and the costs are way less then trapshooting. Not sure I will ever shoot registered again...probably just turkey shoots and a little hunting. Paddle safe.
     
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