Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Azalea Skeet Shoot @ Palatka

Sunday morning at the Palatka Skeet Club saw cool temperatures, but it quickly warmed.

Florida shooters and skeet shooters from various states were in attendance.  Northeastern states were well represented.


Unlike ATA trap in Florida that is hit and miss in regard to attendance, depending at what club is holding a shoot, northeast Florida skeet shoot attendance is something to see.  Palatka, Jacksonville and St. Augustine consistently see a minimum of 100 shooters, year after year at major shoots held during snowbird season. 
For those not aware, the ATA Trap Chain Shoot concept is no longer, as the numbers were not there.  Other reasons may be given, but shoot attendance numbers at some clubs was disappointing.

The local airport parachute club as the usually was doing jumps and not unusual to see parachutist making jumps though out the day.  Some shooters would wait a second or two before calling for a target, especially if a chute or two could be seen at the hold point, but for most they ignored the chutes and called without delay. 
In the past for me I usually thought it was pretty neat to see the chutes in the air. If they were low in the sky I would wait until they finished dumping air to hit there landing area, as at that time they would pick up speed and it could be distracting, depending on the station you were on.  You cannot see them land as trees blocked the landing area.

The club welcomes visitors. Unique at this club is your responsible for opening and closing your field on practice days.  From putting the cord away, topping off the machines, and locking the houses before departing.  A system that works well.  Near the entrance they have an area for dropping off empty target boxes.  Of course if another group of shooters wish to use the field you were using, it becomes there responsibility.

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