Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Little Big Econ State Forest Hike

Was suppose to be in the mid 70's, but 83 degrees when we returned to the vehicle.  I brought two quarts of water and maybe one pint left at the end of the day.

The trail map I downloaded was confusing once we were on the trails (several different trails) and a lack of trail information signs added to the confusion.  We ran into a couple of hikers that had the same problem.  The worst thing is to have to backtrack when your suppose to be hiking a loop.  It all worked out, but I set a drop dead time in my head when we would have to backtrack instead of keep going foreword in order to get back to the vehicle with plenty of day light remaining.

The start of the hike was through dense vegetation and a number of stream crossings.  One stream was wider then we could jump.  I assume at some point there was something to cross over on, but it was long gone.  The water was at least knee deep in the middle.  Ended up finding an old log and moving it into place, crossing without getting are feet wet.

An adult water moccasin. Resting right next to a two board wide walkway we had to take to get over a small stream.  It can strike maybe half it's body length, so just walking by was not an option.  Long story short, I took a 5 foot long dead palm tree branch and irritated it enough to the point it hit the water and swam away.

 This guy was waiting to cross the trail.

Lost half the sole off my right hiking boot at the halfway point.  Had them for over 10 years.  It was flopping around, so took a knife and cut it off.  By then we were on the easy part of the trail and didn't cause a problem.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Paid workers at a Non-Profit gun club

At several member run clubs that have obviously outgrown there volunteers or at the point where those still volunteering are at the point of burn out, I've asked why not hire retired people or local collage kids to lesson the burden.

The answer I usually get is; were a non-profit club and can't hire anyone!

Not true. 

Rules on how much money a non profit can make in excess each year, but they can hire people. 

The club is to not have a conflict with officers of the club being paid by the club, nor paying workers who also volunteer at the club. Can it be worked out? Anything is possible, but keep it simple with rules regarding pay that won't get the club in trouble with the IRS.

You have to watch it when the paid worker is also a volunteer and putting in extra free hours.  An easy line to cross.

Many nonprofit organizations offer some monetary benefit to their volunteers, such as stipends, reimbursement for out of pocket expenses, discounts on services, and so forth. “Bona fide” volunteers are those whose compensation is limited to reimbursement for expenses, reasonable benefits and/or nominal fees for services. The club member that volunteers to mow the lawn would fit this bill.

Written job descriptions needs to be available on the role of the paid worker and hours to be worked.

Obviously, for most clubs your looking at keeping it under X hours per week, thus the need to hire a retired person or a collage kid looking to pick up a few bucks on a steady bases, but keeping it where your not paying health care benefits or what have you.

I've given a broad overview and if considering hiring a lawyer, consult with one that deals with non-profits.  You could start with a Google search and see if its something that would be workable at your club before seeing a lawyer and to also have information available before broaching the subject at a club meeting..

And please, don't listen to the advice given by club house lawyers.

Sporting Clays @ Saltwater's N.E. Gun Range (St. Augustine)

The club is west of the St. Augustine airport and open to the public.  Only a few minutes after crossing over the railroad tracks.  One of the newest clubs in Florida to offer sporting clays.

We paid $40 each for 100 targets and the use of a cart.  Cash only but shortly will be accepting credit cards. I'm not sure if your guaranteed a use of a cart, but if available you get the use of one.

 Owner (l) and Quebec shooter André Garneau.

 Hours of operation an address.

I ended up using modified choke at this station. 

Heide hitting a few targets.

For the majority of the course you would be comfortable using IC choke.  On the back part of the course at a few stations you might want to consider a tighter choke.

I was told that some of the stations we shot on were not there the previous week. 

How many stations?  We shot at 19 stations, but don't expect that as changes are coming if I heard correctly.

I talked to several people.  I come away with the impression the end game is two (2) sporting clays courses.  One a fun course for those out to have a good time, to include a place for holding charity and benefit shoots.  A second course (most likely in the back part of the club) would be for the more accomplished shooters.

People we talked to were friendly. 

Ammunition available.

Clean rest rooms.

The club also has a place to shoot pistol and rifle.  Your charged a fee, but you can use the facilities for the whole day. 

The club is not currently on line.  They will be shortly.  I asked about a Facebook page that I saw, but was informed not officially associated with the club.

The club is still evolving but all signs are pointing in a positive direction. 

Recommend you pay them a visit.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Feb 20, 2016 Trap shoot @ Volusia

Volusia County Skeet & Trap Club, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Friday, 300 target ATA trap shoot. 

The club in the last few years has been offering ATA Big 50 shoots twice a month on Fridays.  I'm told this was the clubs first effort in offering a 100 target singles, handicap, and doubles ATA Shoot.

The shoot was held on a Friday.  If you've visited the club on a weekend during the winter months you know it's a busy place when opened to the general public and a shoot on a weekday is the way to go..

The club uses a credit card size voice release system that you attach to the vest or shirt.  No speaker stands, no cords.

The wind picked up and targets started heading for the heavens.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Feb 13, 2016 @ Jacksonville International Skeet Open

Sunny, but cool with temps fighting to get into the low 60s, breezy.

Just my own observation, but on the whole the women seemed to have better technique going to the target then many of the men.  A girl from China looked very good.  Don't know how she ended up, but she had good form.  Technique isn’t everything, but…

In doubles saw several shooters beating themselves.  Hitting (or missing) the first target way too late, then chasing the second.  Maybe they weren’t picking up the first target quickly enough.  A very blue sky, lens change in order or a lack of concentration (focus)?

I was talking to one shooter and he said he shoots IC and Mod choke.  Shot is limited to just under 7/8 ounce, so a tighter choke then used in NSSA shooting is something that has to be considered.  I read that Kim Rhode in both International Skeet and Olympic Trap Doubles observes the distance where she is hitting targets and takes her gun to the pattern board and test various chokes at that distance.  She doesn't assume that what works for others is going to work for her.

Posted a YouTube video and photos.  Targets hard to see on the video.  Fast targets on a blue background just not compatible with my camera.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016 @ WW Sporting Clays

WW Sporting Clays (West of Jacksonville, Florida, off I-10).

We had been waiting on a warm day to visit and 76 degrees fit the bill.

A Friday afternoon and except for a couple shooters we had the course to ourselves.  We heard a few guns going off but never saw anyone.

14 stations.

One broken target and other then that machines worked flawlessly.   A easy course to walk.

A young man named Tray was running club.  Very friendly and welcoming.

I got in a conversation with a shooter who called me over as I was departing.  He was aware of the "Lost Target" and my YouTube postings.  We were talking about some of the clubs we had shot and he mentioned a new club that opened in St. Augustine.

Last year I was told of an unofficial course, run by a private individual near the airport. I was told the owner was undecided on making it a business or just allowing friends to use.  I never got around to checking it out.  Anyway, I was told their open five days a week, 9-5. 

We drove to the club, but it was after 5pm and the gate was closed.  Did see a sporting clays course.

Punched it into the GPS and sometime soon will be making a visit.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Lead shot prices (Feb 2016)

Shot prices.

I use Gamaliel Shooting Supply to track the price of lead shot used by clay target shooters.

Not necessarily the best price. 

Feb 5, 2016

$34.95 - Lead Global Group Magnum Lead Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Feb 25, 2015

$38.95- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot 

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Aug 6, 2014

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot (Unchanged)

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot (Unchanged)


Oct 4, 2013

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 4, 2012

$41.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$41.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jun 13, 2012

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 9, 2012

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 18, 2011

$37.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jun 18, 2011

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Feb 21, 2011

$38.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 20, 2010

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Sep 29, 2010

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jul 28, 2010

$29.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$29.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Mar 23, 2010

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 15, 2009

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 7, 2009

$24.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$25.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


February 28, 2008

$42 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$42.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

A hike in the park (Guana-River)

You learn quickly to walk softly and not talk if you want to see wildlife.  We run into hikers who tell us they didn't see anything.  Maybe its because we heard them coming from 100 yards, as did the wildlife.