Monday, April 28, 2008

Spring Deuce @ Rochester Brooks

Continuing from my last posting in regard to the Rochester Brooks Gun Club "Spring Deuce" sporting clays shoot, a few observations from Sunday.

Sunday brought beautiful weather with moderate temperatures and sunny skies.

A challenging course that was a technical masterpiece. A virgin course in regard to layout and land used for the main event.

A lot of thought went into target presentations. Not overboard in that there was impossible shots, but it was obvious it was decided beforehand that it was not going to be a soft course.

A number of presentations required more then IC choke.

Mike Duquette - Tower Shot - Station 9

Not many targets that did not require a watchful eye, even the close ones.

Without changing a presentation, the club could host the state or zone shoot on this course.

What station you started on (shotgun start) probable influenced your scores, especially for those who don't shoot NSCA each week or have the opportunity to shoot at targets that require more than IC choke.

Off the top of my head, I believe station 10 through 17 were IC choke friendly, give or take a station or two.

If you started in the middle of the course you most likely got a nice feel for the course and worked into the harder presentations to come, if not...

They offered a re-shoot at station #4 for the first five or six squads that had come through.

Shoot management decided to change the station after either seeing initial results or seeing the way the targets were flying.

We were notified when on station #9. It was up to the shooter if he wished to re-shoot the station when he completed the course. I passed on the re-shoot as it did not matter. One shooter that I'm aware of did decide to take advantage and went 6x6.

As it was the first rotation of the day, no harm done. I think a good call by shoot management, as sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

In the future, I will most likely pass on the 8:30 rotation too allow the sun to raise a bit so targets are easier to see. Don't confuse this statement with shooting into the sun, as that was not the case. A sun higher in the sky seems to make the targets pop and they were not popping for me at 8:30am.

I went out and took a few photos during the second rotation. With the sun higher in the sky the targets were easier to see, as the orange tops were almost glowing. But, that's just my opinion and what my eyes saw.

I do need a lens that cancels out the green when shooting in the woods.

A few of us did not shoot at a second target of a report pair on one station in the woods, as we did not see it. Close in and fast, left to right. You had to be looking in the right place or it was in the brush before you fired.

The club had a nice deal for those who wanted to spend the day having fun and maybe also getting in some practice.

As always, a well run shoot and little or no down time due to machine problems.

For all events for all three days, referees were present.

This is a member run club and changes made to the various courses each year is something that many would only expect from a private club with unlimited resources.

Most private clubs do not see the changes from year to year, as seen at Rochester Brooks.

I never know what to expect, as they are always changing the course or packing it up completely and relocating the course to another section of the property.

No same targets and stations from year to year...

Hats off to all the volunteers that made this shoot possible!

The clubs new 5-stand.

Motels are ten minutes north of the club. Ten minutes north of the motels is a major mall and shopping areas, to include Dicks and Gander Mountain.

My round trip cost for gas was $125. Except for one more overnighter, as I committed to the shoot, that's the end of overnight trips this summer, especially with gas rumored to be heading for $4.00 a gallon. Canadians are already paying over $4 a gallon for gas, but it will take some time to get use too, south of the border.

Shoot Photos

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