The drive South to Columbus, Ohio was nothing if not boring for most of the trip, then exciting as soon as I hit I-270 and the Columbus traffic. Let me be perfectly clear about this. Any Columbus police officer who feels like writing a few traffic citations for such minor infractions as speeding, failure to maintain a safe distance (tailgating) and driving without due regard for safety need only spend five minutes patrolling I-270. I don't know how long it takes to write a traffic citation, but I'm certain that an entire eight hour shift could be dedicated to pulling over the cretinous, inconsiderate, maladriot drivers that are making I-270 hazardous to everyone's health, including their own.
By Divine grace I arrived without incident Friday afternoon, and we took off for Black Wing intent on breaking a few clays. I haven't been to Black Wing in a while, and they've changed their sporting clays course around a little.
Big Mike and I played 50 birds, and I finally discovered just what was wrong with my game.
My sporting clays game sucks pond scum, and there's no getting around it.
If you decide to shoot at Black Wing (if you haven't you should give it a try) here's a little of what to expect on their sporting clays course.
|My Ithaca M37 12 Gauge|
|Station 8 Birds - Two Springing Teal|
I think it was right after this station that Big Mike accused me of cheating. I loaded an extra shell into my shotgun and broke a clay on the second shot. I maintain that my gun holds 5 shots, not two. And, since this is a hunting simulation, I should be allowed as many shots as I can fire off in order to break the clay. I don't know if Mike gave me credit for that bird or not, but he might not have and it makes a difference.
|Final Score - I'm on the Left|
If you have the personal yen for public humiliation or know someone, like a trap shooter for instance, who needs a lesson or two in graceful human behavior then this is the place to go. I can about guarantee you that any devoted trap shooter won't hit a thing on the sporting clays course, mainly because there aren't any trap shots and there isn't any shooting rhythm to the game - two things trap shooters must have or their day turns to swamp scum.
The things you'll need to bring to the Black Wing course are:
- Hard soled walking shoes. The area is covered in broken stone and walking the course is very hard on the feet if you're wearing tennis shoes.
- Sun protection. Wear your hat, as you'll be out in the sunshine a good bit of the time.
- Layered clothing. It was windy the day we shot, but the real problem was that the wind was cold and the sun was hot. So you'd sweat, than get hit with a cold breeze.
- Extra shells. If you're shooting 50, take along a few extra shells just in case you have to run down a wounded bird and dispatch it. They don't allow dogs on the course, so you're kind of on your own here.
That's it. Given the scarcity of pistol ammunition lately, I may take up shotgunning as a serious hobby.