The moment the bird season ended last winter all the shooting seemed to stop and real work begun. I did not have much time to shoot or write. This winter was extremely busy for me outside of the shooting sports. Life’s true responsibilities always come first. The end of winter did not signal the end of work but for some reason I found more time to pick up a gun and have some fun. Is it the nicer weather, longer days or just coincidence?
It doesn’t really matter. What’s important I shot some brand new CZ shotguns this spring. I will try to share my experiences and many other shooters’ in this “field” report. It was a lot of fun to break clays again. You don’t realize how addicting it is until you have a great gun in your hand and see the clays break or turn into dust. Her are few shotguns that really stood out for me.
This is a 2017 offering from CZ-USA targeting the waterfowl hunters among us. Interestingly enough I believe I’ve had reasonable success hunting ducks past three years yet only used 3 inch shells for half dozen shots. I never moved up to 3 1/2 shells nor would I want to.
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.
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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These I believe are few issues we as nation are facing today. I have no problem starting a conversation with anybody, actually I enjoy talking to all kinds of people traveling across the great country of ours. Learning how others think or what their core beliefs are is very important to me. I have learned from my own experience and throughout lifetime of learning about history many reasons why societies have tried to control people several different ways. Whether it’s through gun control, restricting freedom of speech because of political correctness, taxation and regulations in the name of environment (this is the latest attempt by big government) or downright controlling the people’s thought process through “public education”. To battle this disease (radio talk show host Michael Savage’s word) we as a nation should emphasize the US Constitution as a “rule book to follow” not as a piece of document to interpret as we need fit to our time. I will use a quote of our local Tea Party leader (he possibly is quoting someone else but I’m using him as a source) “The Constitution was written based on human nature and principles. Principles don’t change and human nature doesn’t change.”
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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The following comments are made by an immigrant who has lived in this country for 25 years, has loved every one of those years and can not imagine having better life anywhere else in the world. I will not point fingers, look for excuses why sometimes things were harder than should have been or blame others for anything. Life is our individual journey yet no matter how hard you work, how focus or determine you are, there is always lot of people who contribute to your success. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, coaches, teachers etc. It can also go the other way when they’re not there to help guide and support.
It’s early September and the feeling of fall has been in the air for few days. Perfect time of the year to get out and hike. No bugs, creeks, streams and rivers are running lower and they are much easier to cross if necessary. Upland bird season has started in parts of the west. Deer season is just around the corner. So much to look forward to. This is the time when summer practice is put to good use but I would like to reflect on few new guns I had a chance to enjoy first.