Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hats off, Field and Game Federation of Australia

Hats off...

The Field and Game Federation Of Australia, the home of Australian Sporting Clays.

An outstanding job with the information flow in regard to the 31st World FITASC Championships held at Laang Sporting Clay Range, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.

Timely posting of shoot photos and daily posting of shoot results was the norm.

Even with a hiccup with web Internet operations that delayed posting of day three results and for a period made the site unreachable, they managed to email results for posting on other websites not associated with the shoot.

Much to my surprise, receiving a PDF file with Day #3 results for posting at 5am EST, and earlier receiving Day #2 results when it became apparent they were having Internet problems that were not going to be resolved quickly. They had managed to post Day #2 results, but shortly after the site went down. Eventually the site went back online and posting of photos and shoot results resumed.

Many of us in the states have gotten used to shoot results being posted each evening for major and not so major shoots. Not the case with World FITASC championships. The Australia shoot was the exception not the norm. Posting of photos may have been a first.

It was almost like pulling teeth getting daily results for previous World Shoots. If not already the agreement, the World Body should make posting of scores each day on the Internet part of the bid agreement for hosting a world shoot and not just assume they will be posted.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Valleyfield November 2009 Fun Shoot

Attended a small club Fun shoot at Club de Tir de Valleyfield, St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec this past Sunday.

The first such shoot at the club. A 75 target event; Trap, Skeet & 5-Stand. You shot all three disciplines, 25 per discipline.

The first time I shot just 25 in each discipline at a fun shoot, as normally 50. Worked out well and I can see the benefit, as a nice flow to the shoot and not a lot of down time.

A slight drizzle and fog conditions at the start of the day. By the time we left the sun was shinning and 60 degrees.

In 2009, the club purchased an additional PAT Trap, two sets of voice release and two promatic machines.

There is talk of a purchase of a new set of skeet machines for field two in 2010 and after that purchase a new PAT Trap in 2011, if not sooner.

Crossing the border into Canada was uneventful. We did have the serial numbers on are shotguns checked.

On the return to the states, the first question at the crossing was "Where you been shooting this week"?

Shoot Photos

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

31st World FITASC Championships

The 31st World FITASC Championships are being held Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia from 16th-22nd November 2009.

Canadian Pierre Dubois will be in attendance with laptop and camera and has promised to take some photos for posting on the Lost Target. I gave him access to my server so he can FTP to a private account and not have to email photos. He may also provide some video. Almost no file size restrictions when you use FTP and makes for sending large files effortless.

I've heard from Australian Mark Farrow and he will start posting photos and hopefully a bit of video on the Australians Association website, starting on the 17th. He wanted to do a live webcam but the location is to remote for the cam to stream. He has to drive 2000 kms to get to the club. He says a two day drive.

You will have to take into consideration times zones in regard to postings and scores, as it's already tomorrow in Australia in relation to where I live.

As links become available I will update this posting to include the links to photos and scores. If I come across anyone else posting photos I will also make those links available.


Shoot Photos - Pierre Dubois

Shoot Photos


Update: Nov 20, 3:26pm

As of this posting, the Australian site that has the results posted went off line......

Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

The articles and Pierre photos are still available for viewing, but as I linked the results from there site and they are not on my server, we will have to wait until they come back on line to view results.

What normally happens is that you have to contact your ISP and pay an additional fee for additional bandwidth to get through the month.


Update: Nov 20, 6:45pm (EST)

I have received scores for Day 2 (PDF File)


If they don't get the website problem fixed they will send the PDF out to various sites for posting. I will post Day 3 when received...


The Aussie site is back online...


They are having problems posting Day 3 scores. I received a PDF for day 3 and have posted them to my site.


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Fox News Sunday: Obama, Economy, Afghanistan

Chris Wallace interviewed Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Sunday. This is part 1 of 3. Wallace asked Rush what he thinks Barack Obama has done for or to the country.