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Young man recently asked me to help him with his senior project about idolizing successful people in America. I found the term idolizations not positive and “warned” him that my prospective might be little different than most. It was formed by growing up in Czech Republic and playing professional hockey for two decades. Being amongst many who were considered role models yet shy away from that responsibilities. Everyone wonders and is trying to figure out how to make the country better place yet they do not want to change their behavior enough to make a difference. The story goes like this.
It was early to mid 90’s,my career just beginning to take off when I hear some members of the NBA on TV saying they are not role models during an interview. I can not remember who it was because it did not concerned me. What peeked my interest was the players were turning down the opportunity to be difference makers on the court and in the lives of many kids who were looking up to them. I made a decision at the exact moment I will not be selfish and bail on kids, my team or the society ever. I did not accomplish my success by myself. First it was my parents and my grandparents then coaches in youth hockey, veteran teammates in the pros and other mentors throughout my career and life. None of us becomes successful in whatever we do without external help. Those people felt responsible to be there for me and help if needed. I feel responsible to give back. No matter your field of success mechanic, teacher, doctor, small business owner, athlete or artist. If you are successful someone is looking up to you because they want to “make it”. Success breeds responsibility because no one needs to be mentored by someone who’s mediocre. Sounds harsh but being average at anything does not take much.
There is so much going on in our political process right now, people should be excited they have an opportunity to be part of it. This is the time to make a difference. To break the cycle of establishment candidates just to send a message. Mainstream media and both of our major political parties are in disbelief and so out of touch how Donald Trump can gather so much support for speaking people’s language. The fear of not being able to control candidate amongst the media and political elite is very obvious. I am for one huge (in The Donald’s words) supporter of him. There are three main reasons. He has been successful in private sector (he has failed many times also but there is no success without overcoming failure and this fact is forgotten by many). He is not an establishment candidate and I believe he truly loves America for the opportunities it has given him. I must say I still cannot believe the dislike President Obama and his wife have for the country I call home.
This has been a tremendous bird season for me and some of my friends. Plentiful grouse in Rocky Mountains, one of the best quail numbers in recent memory and so many ducks down on the bayou we could not keep up. The following blog is an account of my best duck hunt yet. What made this more interesting was Louisiana weather in January. My friend’s knowledge of the water, the winds and weather patterns proved crucial to our success. And of course my new Super Scroll combo was to “blame” too.
CZ Super Scroll Combo is a higher end over/under designed for the sporting clays course or the field. The receiver is engraved with beautiful detail and comes with 20 gauge and 28 gauge barrels. Swapping two different set of barrels is as easy as taking an over/under apart and then quickly putting it back together with desired gauge. The reasons for the decision to get this gun were few. A gun with 30 inch barrels does not swing as easy and provides me with much more control.
I will not be talking about our incompetent government just yet. This time it’ is about something lot more enjoyable and fun. I was asked to join the usual crew of the American Birdhunter TV show on another quail hunt in New Mexico. The only difference from the past couple of years is the new name GUNDOG TV. I could not be more excited to hunt the little birds again. As Randy Lack said the first time about hunting quail “it’s personal” and I believed it then and I still believe it now. There is always a bird or twenty that get away.
Warning! This blog contains more bird hunting adventures. If you are a big game hunter and think we are sissies for shooting little birds stop reading right now. You will not get pleasure out of me describing how challenging it is to find grouse in mountains of Western Wyoming. The state I call home is not exactly famous for bird hunting. It is hard to beat the scenery as you walk or hike to reach the Ruffed or Blue grouse habitat. There are parts of the state with good,not great,chukar and hungarian partridge populations. I can not say I have heard anybody talking about Wyoming pheasants but when it comes to grouse, it is an another story. Buy yourself an expensive comfortable hiking boots, affordable double gun from CZ-USA and you are ready to get some birds.
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There is time in your life when you have no expectations of finding new passion and it comes at you like a speeding train. I have bird hunted for the last couple of years and just recently realized the wing shooting is what I truly want to do come hunting season. It does not matter whether it’s doves over milo field,grouse,Chukars in the high country or ducks on the bayou. My latest adventure was teal wing duck hunt in Louisiana. These smaller in body ducks are terrific flyers and even better dinner. It was my second trip in eight months to hunt with very good friend of mine who is “the man” when it comes to waterfowl in this part of Louisiana. Meeting great people and making friends always enhances the memories but the bird hunters,for most part,have been fun bunch to say the least.
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I have been a gun owner for several years now and very proud member of the community that is standing up to the attacks from big government, liberal advocacy anti gun groups and most people who do not believe in self reliance and think individual should be protected only by federal law enforcement. I made the last point after listening to a radio program and the host (Michael Savage) made tremendous revelations. President Obama has much disdain towards local, county and state law enforcements around the country because he can not control them through any federal laws, rules or regulations. It makes lot of sense to me. This article is not about our issues with federal government, this is about community that comes together every time there is a need for it.
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We are living in very interesting times in our country’s history. There is a sustained movement to preserve our country the way it was and there is a movement to change everything. Both sides have dug their heels and threw common sense right out. I was thrilled to be able to attend the NRA’s Convention in Nashville on behalf of CZ-USA. Most of my friends were curious about all the new products being introduced to the market. That part of the convention is, quite honestly overwhelming. My intentions were not to “window shop” but to meet and talk to as many people as I possibly could. I’m always very curious to find out what like-minded folk are thinking. Most of our conversations centered around products but also on the state of our republic, the talk about the potential presidential candidates, the money spent on campaigns, gun rights, environment etc. I would like to touch on some of these subjects and also briefly review my new favorite products.
One of my favorite things to do is to drive throughout our country and celebrate the cultural and geographic diversity. Most recent trip brought me to Southwestern Louisiana to hunt ducks and Texas panhandle to chase some quail. It turned out to be great hunting trip and even better time making friends. People are what make places fun, interesting or sometimes bad. I met, for the first time, real Cajuns and true lifelong Texans. What an honor to spend few days with them all.
The duck hunt
The atmosphere in the United States have improved a lot as far as society’s attitude towards gun owners and the great tradition of gun culture we have here. It’s here to stay and even political discourse will not change that. I have mentioned this fact before but it seems I meet gun friendly people more often these days whether shooting clays, hunting or just plinking. The trip to Louisiana was not an exception.
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NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® has in ten years awarded $4.7 million in grants to 40 state wildlife agencies to fund projects providing novice and experienced hunters with more opportunities to go afield and new resources to plan hunts. Some 121 grants have been awarded over the past decade, including some to regional wildlife agencies. read more »
Some of the early reports from SHOT are already up. NSSF reports that the 2012 show was a record breaker with over 61,000 in attendance. Buyers were checking out the new products and the media was there in full force as well. Lots of friends stopped by the CZ-USA booth to take a look at their favorite models and see what the news was on 2012 releases. Dan Wesson fan Ted Nugent happened dropped in for a visit, of course Tom Knapp was a regular at the booth as well. read more »
The Gunsight rules are well thought out and have gained many followers and endorsements. read more »