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#1 glenway

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 05:12 PM

This Sunday's AKC hunt test with the high-end retrievers means competition from across the region.  I have been selected to kill ducks in front of the Senior level dogs - the best in the business. 

 

Trouble is, I lost one of the lenses in my eyeglasses and I'm hoping my bad eye (less glass) will adjust.  I expect to practice on clays before getting too discouraged.  I am also hoping to get some temporary glasses before the event, but if not, any suggestions?



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 05:40 PM

Have you ever tried contacts? Your local walmart or SAMs club should have them
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 02:41 AM

No contacts.  Can't stand messing with my eyes, drops, etc. 



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:03 AM

Glen do you need the glasses for the sight bead on the shotty or long distance?



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:24 AM

I run in to Kinda the same problem . When It's raining like mad or wet huge snow flakes, duck hunting. The glasses get wet and I can't see $hit. I shoot way better if I take them off completely. I can't see the bead but I can almost see the birds that are in shooting range and let muscle  memory take over.


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:49 AM

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 01:19 PM

"Glen do you need the glasses for the sight bead on the shotty or long distance?"

 

My main concern is hand/eye coordination.  I tossed up a ball to hit for a dog (which I do daily over and over) and missed it 4 times in a row.  I only have one good eye but it seems to be affected by the extraordinarily poor sight in the glassless eye.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:48 PM

I had to "see" what would happen, so I just shot some trap out back.  No problem.   Sure don't want to stink up the place Sunday.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 04:27 PM

I had to "see" what would happen, so I just shot some trap out back.  No problem.   Sure don't want to stink up the place Sunday.

You'll do fine, let your natural instincts take over.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

My first time at being an" official gun" on a hunt test for pointers started off  poorly to say the least. I'd never shot in front of a crowd. My wife walked up behind me and whispered did I want a girl to step in.....She wasn't a hunter. After that comment I came into my own.....thankfully !

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:18 PM

Glen, you can always send me a plane ticket...
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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:17 AM

Eric, I was calling on everyone I know - well, almost everyone.

 

My partner, Joe, has been shooting better and that's important, because he's the lead gunner.  All he has to do is point and punch.   I have to operate a duck call, drop it, then shoulder the gun, so in essence, I am the backup gunner. 

 

I was going to let Joe do the calling, but the call he toots is unrecognizable and my laughing would mess me up.  I'm sure the ducks would be laughing on their escape to freedom, as well.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:35 AM

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:54 AM

Tomkat looks like you had a good hunt! Love the double trouble.
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Posted 22 August 2014 - 07:20 AM

Everyone sees that ditch parrot right away

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:23 PM

Don't worry Glen, you'll do fine...just remember you point a shotgun, not aim one. Good Luck! Eric
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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

I've been working on rather quick shots with improved cylinder (some cylinder bore, too), and believe me, there's no aiming involved.  I have an appointment with some crows  in the morning for a challenging warm up.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:53 PM

We took no prisoners today; not one escaped and Joe was shooting great.

 

We found out that the level of Senior is one level below Master and then Grand Master.  Our dog test went this way:

 

First, a blank was fired from a shotgun and a dead bird slung out onto the field by another setup behind us.

 

Then, a live duck was launched and we killed it.

 

After that, the dog at the line was required to get the bird we killed with no help from its handler/owner.

After the duck was returned to the handler/owner, the dog had to remember where the firs bird was and had to get it without any coaching.

 

While the dog was heading back with the duck, another blank from the shotgun and a bird was hidden in the tall grass setting up a blind retrieve (meaning the dog never saw a thing.)

 

Then, the handler/owner lines up the dog for the blind retrieve and sends it on its way.  If it needs correction, it must obey the commands to compete with the top dogs.  Some found the blind retrieves without any assistance.  Some were lightning quick and some were steady and slower.

 

In the afternoon session, the dogs had to retrieve over water, too.

 

Very well organized event.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 02:42 PM

Sounds like a lot of fun.






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