Windy Day Clays

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  1. kudu
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    kudu Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 17, 2003
    north central indiana
    It's been going on three months since I got out to shoot skeet and trap, between work, sickness, and life getting in the way, finally called my buddy and said "let's shoot no matter the weather".

    Nice sunny brisk day, was 37* with 25-35MPH winds out of the east mostly, veering from the north occasionally. Ranges all face north with a wood line behind us that made for rolling winds and eddys. I had two shirts, a hoodie and a shooting coat on, pretty bundled up, the wind had some bite. We decided to shoot a couple rounds of skeet and a couple rounds of trap. We watched a squad shooting skeet before us, seeing high house targets stall out and drop down like a frisbee between center of field and low house, sometimes..., low house made like a bullet about 8'-10' of the ground, bouncing 2'-4' depending on wind currents, sometimes... About the time you expected a crazy target there would be a slight lull in the wind and they would fly somewhat normal. I somehow managed to shoot a 23 and a 24, my buddy, not so lucky, somewhere in the 17 range.

    On to an exciting couple rounds of trap from the 16 yard line. Right hand targets were catching the wind and shooting up high and veering left pretty hard, left hand targets were pushing down flat and veering left even further, middle targets you could never quite tell what they were going to do at the whims of the winds. My buddy did a bit better here, I believe he managed a 20 on his first round and then a 21, using a gun I picked up for him to try last December that he had never shot before, a used Remington 870 TB. He kinda likes it so far, we'll take it out on a better, less windy day and see how he actually shoots when targets aren't crazy. I shot a 21 and a 24 which is pretty decent as I am primarily a skeet shooter.

    Hey, all in all a nice day shooting. Not too many out, a few league shooters trying to get their targets in before the end of the month, some collegiate shooters out, local college started a Sporting Clays program affiliated with our club, good to see that. Had fun, hope decent weather starts to show up soon.
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  2. Sappyg2.0

    Sappyg2.0 Member

    Feb 25, 2018
    I hear ya. Wind, rain and cold temps have taken a toll on trap and skeet scores. Not only are the birds effected but I swear it has an effect on shot patterns.
    Shot 3 20s and 1 23 today at trap and was just glad it was over.
    Not another soul at the range besides my shooting buddy and the trap setter.
  3. expat_alaska

    expat_alaska Member

    May 4, 2010
    Pe Ell WA
    You forgot about the trap puller. The setter is the poor guy in the traphouse. At least you didn't make him set doubles. Been there and done that for a few years as a teen in both positions. :D

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  4. entropy

    entropy Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    G_d's Country, WI
    Good shooting. I can shoot Trap in a hurricane, but Skeet and pulling out those scores, :thumbup:.
  5. Iroquois

    Iroquois Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    East Tennessee, in the shadows of the Smokies
    I took my son to his shooting team practice today. The team shoots Skeet and Sporting Clays, but the weather has limited them to Skeet only, until today. This is his first year shooting competition shotgun and today was his first time shooting SC. He did pretty good but was definitely humbled by the wind. He had multiple opportunities at each station, practice rounds, and the birds would react to what the wind was doing. A great learning experience for sure!
  6. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007

    Sounds a lot like the time my buddy and I went to the rifle range on President's Day. Temps were around 20* with a brisk West wind cutting across the range at about 20MPH. Had the long johns on plus heavy wool pants, two hoodies, and the warmest parka I owned. Loaded all my mags at home the night before because there was no way I was going to take my gloves off to do any loading.

    We get there and of course we were the only crazies there; even the owner wouldn't come out of their house; he just had us leave our drivers licenses on the back porch and we paid on our way out. Since there was still a lot of snow on the ground we didn't make too many trips down range to set targets. Did all of our shooting of the benches there and while we weren't setting any records for accuracy we did have a great time with having the whole range to ourselves.
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