Visiting Northern California in early fall turned out to be an extension to our limited Wyoming summer. People in Sacramento area are still enjoying warm temperatures and us, Wyoming residents, more than enjoyed the daily supply of fresh fruit and vegetables at local farm stands. Our daughter competed at a horse show just few miles southeast of California’s Capital. The main competition did not go on until the later part of the week, so I took this opportunity and visited couple of Sporting Clays Ranges within reasonable driving distance of Sacramento. I’ve never visited the area before so I really enjoyed learning more about it. There is many things I noticed, but will mention only some. There is a significant difference between the landscape, people’s attitude and overall atmosphere in what I called the “Heartland of California” compared to Southern California. Once I realized that and talked to people on the phone at the respected clubs/hunting preserves I really looked forward to breaking some and hopefully lot of clays.
My preparation started before we left home. I looked up Sacramento Sporting Clays on the internet. Names, phone numbers and addresses of many clubs popped up on my screen. Two days of time and driving distances initially limited my research. Upon learning people have reviewed many of their experiences my focus narrowed even more. My clubs of choice ended up being Raahauge’s Pheasant Hunting & Sporting Clays and Bird’s Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays. read more »
As many of you know I am an avid Sporting Clay shooter. It does not mean I am good at it, I just really enjoy the sport and the challenges that come with it. I was given a great opportunity this past winter to spent couple days and take lessons down in Vero Beach, Florida courtesy of CZ-USA. The instructor was Tom Mack, 13 Time All-American and worldwide known competitor in Sporting Clays events. I knew going into the lessons how good of a shooter Tom is and soon I have found out that he is as good of an instructor. His personality allows everybody to relax and to be able to focus on improvement of their shooting skills. I have to mention that Tom grew up in Michigan and he is a lifelong hockey fan. During the two days we spent together, we had some good conversation about the game of hockey. It never interfered with the teaching because Tom is a great professional. We could not help ourselves but use references from hockey to sporting clays and the other way around. Both require lot of refined hand eye coordination and focus. read more »
I have participated in my first NRA Convention during the weekend of April 14th as a guest of CZ-USA. The Convention took place in St. Louis, MO – the city I’m very familiar with and fond of. I have spent a lot of time in the area during my playing career and will spend more time nowadays on our travels with horses. This might not make much sense to many, but exit 49 on interstate 70 is a halfway point between our home in Wyoming and our farm in Florida. People of Missouri are one of the nicest if not the nicest in the country. Anytime I need equipment for the outdoors or farm supplies I can comfortably wait until the Missouri section of I-70. It is lined with everything that a gentlemen farmer and an avid outdoorsman could need. The only thing I have to pay attention to ahead of time is the weather. I drove through some of the most severe storms in that part of the country. I believe that severe weather is the reason for the kindness of the state’s people, the adversity they have faced over generations. read more »
Welcome to my new blog. I will be writing about my experiences with CZ firearms, attending conventions, participating in charitable fundraisers on behalf of CZ- USA, my personal favorite, and just enjoying the outdoors.
I would like to dedicate few lines to write about my background as an outdoorsman. I was very fortunate growing up in Czech Republic, formerly Czechoslovakia for those of you who want to be historically accurate, that my grandfather was my best friend and an avid hunter/outdoorsman himself.
In 1970’s and 80′ the natural environment was deteriorating very fast due to communist’s lack of regard to nature and natural resources. For that reason there was not enough hunting but lot more preservation work to be done. We would regularly hike through the countryside to observe the wildlife and try to improve the conditions in their environment like removing loose wire, cleaning up local stream or river and fixing feeders, which was absolutely necessary to save local deer population. Most people can not understand the environmental conditions of that era, but it was very rewarding effort to see the rabbits, foxes, pheasants, wild boar, deer and many other species to have it better in our little corner of eastern Europe. That was the preservation part of our efforts. read more »