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I am sitting down to write yet another blog from a bird hunt, hard to believe. Not really, I work hard all year to have some time available for my favorite hobby but it also seem once the hunting season starts, things happen one after another.
As I’m returning from, once again, very exciting quail hunt in New Mexico, I think about the quail as hardest birds to shoot. Not hardest to hunt. There are more physically demanding hunts like chukkars in Hells Canyon of northern Idaho or grouse in “my backyard” of western Wyoming mountains. The little quail are fast with unpredictable flight pattern.
My most recent hunting trip started very differently than any other one before. I spent two days in CZ-USA’s office and warehouse in Kansas City. Getting to know how great firearms get from small east-central European town of Uhersky Brod, where CZUB is headquartered, to the hands of American consumers. Knowing what it takes is important part of being able to represent CZ-USA’s firearms in United States. I will not disclose any details here but instead I will focus on the people who are behind this fast growing company. Yes it is very important to have great product to sell but more importantly it’s the people behind the scenes who deserve the most credit for successful business. I met everyone from accounting, sales, marketing, shipping and receiving, parts department, assembly and the gunsmiths. It is little bit like a hockey team where everyone has a role and has to accept it for the benefit of the team. When the team does well, everyone does well. When the team does not, well you know what happens then.
There is one thing I would like to focus on more. Come to find out, twenty percent of the company’s work force are US military veterans. I could not be happier to hear that news and meeting everyone. I believe it is important for all of us to remember and appreciate the sacrifice these men and women make. IT IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN ON OUR COUNTRY’S BEHALF.
The inspiration and thoughts gathering for this blog came after spending an afternoon on my farm with two friends who are both US Army veterans. One of them served in WWII and the other in Vietnam. I thanked them for their service and told them what the United States of America has meant to me because of guys like them. I did not ask questions because I do not know if there is a “place/area” they do not feel comfortable going back to. I opened my house to them and they opened their hearts. Stories flowed like crystal clear water in Wyoming creek in the summer afternoon. (It runs much faster in the afternoon because warm sun speeds up the melting process) . I will not get into specific details but let’s just say I will not have another bad day for a long time if ever. Hearing about their struggles in the respective conflicts always helps to put things into prospective. The conversation we had made me even prouder to be an American. And by the way November 4th is going to be my 20th anniversary of becoming US citizen.
Here we are at a time when everyone has a voice. Conventional wisdom would tell us it’s a great time in history because so many voices (millions) have been silenced since the beginning of mankind. We are finding out more is not always better. We can contribute the social media, technology and our leaderless “leaders” to causing this greatest human experience, the USA, to be most divided since the Civil war. Yes I am one of the people who has a voice. I am not looking around for the person or “leader” who is going to unite us, who is going to make other people’s lives better or how to better our republic. It is me and everyone of us doing more for our family, our community, setting better examples for our youth. What it’s going to take is serious, very serious and very honest look in the mirror. I am not the one to emotionally overreact to the events of last week. I prefer to give it time and go through thoughtful analysis of what happened.
We are in full summer swing here in Wyoming. Summer is shorter than most places so we have to make the most of shooting friendly weather. Going out on public land and bringing bunch of guns and ammo is what we do here quite often and enjoy it every time. This year is no exception. Wyoming is the most gun friendly state in the Union. Most people/citizens are better at handling firearms, safer and more responsible than the average American. Gun culture in our state does not have the negative connotation the anti gun politicians and liberal activist continue to emphasize. Many citizens get their guard up immediately because you do not discuss any other constitutional amendment in that matter. More taboo you’re going to make the guns, more problems you will have. We need people to understand what guns are good for and get more people involved in firearms safety, training and discussion. Not less.
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.
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.
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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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 »