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Winter Blahs - No Trapshooting - Your solution?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by bluedsteel, Dec 25, 2009.

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  1. bluedsteel

    bluedsteel Member

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    Due to weather, work, and other issues I haven't fired a shot at a clay target since just before Thanksgiving. I didn't figure I would miss trapshooting so much. Shooting trap must do more for my psyche than I realized.

    I am starting to see that, unless you live in Florida, or a similar climate, trapshooting really is a seasonal sport. There are still shoots in my area, but crawling out of bed on a Saturday at 5:30am when it is 28 degrees out, and driving for two to three hours is hard to get motivated to do, especially after a grueling work week. Somehow, when the weather is warm, it seems easier...part of getting older I guess.

    Anyway, I was wondering what others do during the off season. I don't reload, and I would think even that would get old after a few weekends, so I am curious, what do you do to stay sane until shooting resumes?

    bluedsteel
     
  2. OGC Director

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    I do the only thing that works. Go to the club, dig out the trap fields from under the snow and make some noise.

    Happy Holidays, Oxford Gun Club, Oxford Pa
     
  3. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    If you dont go because it is cold, I guess you just dont like to shoot that much. We shoot no matter what, rain, snow whatever. Life is too short to miss out because of the weather
     
  4. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Buy a DriFire computer system, and shoot 50,000 targets this winter.
     
  5. below 0

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    Go to Arizona for a couple of months...Hard on the pocket book but good for the gun and my tan...Odie
     
  6. michmoe

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    Build lottsa bullets for when the weather is nicer and go ice fishing.'Gills are much tastier then clays anyway!
     
  7. warren

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    Get ready for shooting by shoping for and acquiring amunition, if you reload it's a good time to load em up for next year, get your shotgun out and give it a good cleaning, then do as suggested and go somewhere that's warm and you can shoot. That's what I'm gonna do fortunatly my son lives in Phoenix and I can go visit.

    warren
     
  8. W.P.T.

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    With the winter weather upon us I can relate to what is being said ... Somedays its so overcast that the sun don't shine until almost 10 AM which kind of puts damper on my day ... I wear long pants in the winter (when cold) and last year I had to wear them almost two weeks, I thought winter was never going to end ... The weather here (Arizona) provides us with over 300 days of sunshine so we don't even bother going out to shoot on those dismal and dreary days or if the wind is blowing hard enough to snuff a match ... Hey, Its winter what does everyone really expect, sometime we just have to grin and bear it and tough it out ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  9. bluedsteel

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    Having arthritis that is made worse by cold weather doesn't help. The suggestion about the Dry Fire product is interesting. I went to the web site, and it was pretty informative. I wonder if others here have experience with this product..?

    It is too late this year, but perhaps I can make plans to shoot in the Dixie Grand in 2011...

    bluedsteel
     
  10. phirel

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    It is cold and overcast, not shooting weather for me. But, two weeks from today I will be on the line at Silver Dollar. God made Florida so we can shoot in the Winter.

    Pat Ireland
     
  11. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Winter coyote hunting.
     
  12. Scotty585

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    Winter league. Its not warm by any stretch, but busting clays is quite therapeutic...
     
  13. Tripod

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    I save all of my reloading until winter. Our club opens every Sunday so we can shoot, but most of the guys are skeeters. We do get some league combo stuff going so that helps. Skeet, 16's, sporting and mix in handicap or doubles.
     
  14. kehrby

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    I reload. I get some gun project going like right now I'm refinishing a stock on a Ruger 10/22. Something gun related to pass the time. I even go shoot skeet on a Sunday afternoon just because that club is closer!

    Steve
     
  15. FRedmon

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    Jef we shot the day after the snow last Saturday and going to shoot in the morning. Get a grip and get out and play......

    FRedmon
     
  16. grnberetcj

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    Here's what we're doing in a couple of weeks...

    Curt - Delaware


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  17. harpo_old

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    I shoot at a little club in the south that is southern indiana,they shoot games and a 50 bird calcutta every sat. nite.. a cup of coffee cost a whole dime the food is good and the shooters are friendly.They will shoot no matter what the weather does..
     
  18. DecalDude

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    I just got into it this year but There is winter league and the local clubs still shoot practice every week, just changed nights from summer to winter days. Besides myself there is always a nut to go to the line with me, and the local York-Penn league sees anywhere from 90-130 shooters per week.

    Jerry in SW New York.
     
  19. bluedsteel

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    Obviously, the closer one lives to a trap range the easier it is to make it to shoots, and the warmer it is when you have to leave the house...especially if you are shooting registered and have to make a start time.

    Part of the problem around here is not only the cold, but most weekends have been rainouts since Thanksgiving...no fun shooting in 40 degrees and rain...in my book anyway.

    My days of proving something to myself in "Iron Man" competitions are behind me.

    Hopefully, the weekends will improve, and some club shooting can be enjoyed soon.

    bluedsteel
     
  20. JRW

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    I agree with a couple posts above. In 2-3 weeks I will be on my way to see WPT in sunny AZ. Will be there 12 weeks. Merry Christmas Jerry in MI.
     
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