Over 40 shooters.
For the shoot the club re-activated the original field that had been retired after the new field was built.
Old style single load traps were used in the re-activated bunker with trappers required in the bunker to constantly load machines.
Hard for a squad to get a good rhythm going on this field, as I thought a rather large amount of no-targets, especially in the early going. Many shooters take 10 - 20 seconds between calls, so it can slow down a squad if more than a few "no bird" call are experienced. I observed a shooter on station #1 receive 3 "no target" calls, one right after another. Each time the shooter reset before calling for the target. A time out was called to make repairs after the third "no target" call. After the delay shooting resumed. The shooter promptly missed the target!
The newer field had few problems and squads were moving along.
Gusting winds. The temperature at midday was in the low 80's.
I met a delightful young lady by the name of Rachael Helden. If she is the future of Bunker shooting, the sport is in good hands. Have no idea how she rates as a shooter, but her personality reminded me of Kim Rhode.
I also talked to Canadian shooter Cynthia Meyer. Cynthia resides on Long Island and is responsible for the installation of the Bunker at the local club in her part of New York. I had heard talk of her, but never met her. For whatever reason I expected a much older women. That was not the case. A very energetic women and a pleasure to talk to.
National Women's Champion Miranda Wilder was in attendance. I had a nice chat with her dad and also took a father/daughter photo. I shot bunker practice with her four years ago. Her Dad and Mom were some of the first people my wife and I met when we first visited the Gator Club. First class people and an asset to whatever club they belong. They now live in Texas.
As for the posted video...
As flash targets were not being used, not many, if any video clips of flying targets despite my efforts to relocate the camera. Much depends on distance, background, and skyline. None that was in my favor, and of course You Tube degrades videos upon posting so that does not help.
A farm with a roadside stand, maybe ten miles from the Gator club is usually harvesting strawberries this time of the year. When I drove by last Saturday they had the fields covered with plastic sheets trying to protect them from an early morning frost.
I can report the strawberries were well protected from last weeks frost and I can also report they were delisous...
Gas prices are going up. Wednesday I purchased gas at $1.81 per gallon. Today, the same station was selling it for $1.89. Another station that was also selling gas for $1.81 had a price of $1.99 posted.