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Shooting Tips

Welcome to what we hope will be a long series of blogs on the shotgun sports. We hope to pierce the veil that obscures some of the more technically complex aspects of shotgunning, sharing information and sparking conversation among the members of the shotgun sport fraternity.

Our head instructor, Luther Cutts (a Level 3 NSCA certified instructor), is continually working on a wide range of topics that we hope will contribute to the continued growth of clay target games as well as upland and waterfowl hunting.

We hope to have something for everyone – from the very basic parts of the game to some of the more complex and controversial topics. We hope that you find these topics enjoyable, informative, thought-provoking or perhaps just entertaining. We welcome your feedback and ideas on what other topics you might want to see in the future.

Cadence in Shotgun Sports

Cadence in Shotgun Sports

Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  Cadence is a noun used to describe rhythm, beat or measure of events, particularly where there is a pattern or...

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Muzzle Control

Muzzle Control

Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  The topic of muzzle control is something that comes up frequently – I believe that everyone knows that it is a fundamental element...

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Driven Pheasant Shooting

Driven Pheasant Shooting

Author:  Andrew Harvison, Fellow of the UK: Association of Professional Shooting Instructors  The history  I am not sure if a lot of people stop to think how this form of...

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Timing

Timing

Timing of your mount and the release of the shot Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  This article is directed at the shooters who shoot from the low-gun...

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Pre-Shot Routine

Pre-Shot Routine

Pre-Shot Routine Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  In the article Pre-Shot Planning, we discussed the concept and the benefits of planning your shots...

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Pre-Shot Planning

Pre-Shot Planning

Pre-Shot Planning Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  As shooters progress and improve, most find that the actions they take before the call for the...

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How to Care for Your Shotgun

How to Care for Your Shotgun

Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  Care for a firearm is an important enough topic to warrant its own chapter in the Canadian Firearms Safety...

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Starting Young Shooters Off Right

Starting Young Shooters Off Right

Starting Young Shooters Off Right Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  The future of any sport is almost always determined by the confluence of the...

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Behind the Scenes at a Shooting Event

Behind the Scenes at a Shooting Event

Behind the Scenes: Some of the lesser-known aspects of hosting a registered competitive event Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor  Most of us roll in to...

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Hunting Etiquette

Hunting Etiquette

Etiquette in Hunting Author:  Luther Cutts, Head Instructor (NSCA Level 3), Competitor Etiquette, or courteous behaviour, in the shooting sports is rooted in a desire to combine both...

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Musings of the Rookie

A guest blog from one of our members, Rob Ridley shares his journey learning and developing his skill in sporting clays. With an entertaining writing style, Rob talks about setting development goals, making a plan, discovering new techniques, and simply enjoying a day out on the course.

Stolen Thoughts or Lessons Passed On?

Stolen Thoughts or Lessons Passed On?

Musings of the Rookie - Sharing the Journey Part 8 I’m not sure I’ve ever had an original thought.  Everything there is to think has already been thought by someone else.  This submission to...

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Good Days & Bad Days

Good Days & Bad Days

Musings of the Rookie - Sharing the Journey Part 6 Author:  Rob Ridley, Rookie If you are reading this, chances are you have at least shot clays once – maybe several times. Perhaps it is an all...

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The Federal 400 Shoot

The Federal 400 Shoot

Musings of the Rookie Part 6 Author:  Rob Ridley, Rookie Well, I just finished the Federal 400 at Silver Willow and as the adrenaline fades, I’m too tired to mow the lawn {smirk} so it seems like a...

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Don’t Rush – or Be Rushed

Don’t Rush – or Be Rushed

Musings of the Rookie Part 5 Author:  Rob Ridley, Rookie It started as such an incredible day – and as a spoiler, in the grand scheme of things, it ended as an incredible day as well. The blessing...

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Not All Advice Is Good Advice

Not All Advice Is Good Advice

Musings of the Rookie Part 4: Not All Advice Is Good Advice Author:  Rob Ridley, Rookie When I was about 13, for some reason I would think about girls. As a matter of fact, at 13, it’s possible...

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Finding the Right Gun

Finding the Right Gun

Musings of the Rookie Part 3: Finding the Right Gun Author:  Rob Ridley, Rookie In my first submission, I mentioned my old friend the 870 pump shotgun. I knew that sooner or later, I’d have to...

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Making a Plan

Making a Plan

Musings of the Rookie Part 2: Making a Plan Author:  Rob Ridley, Rookie Last time, I talked about goal setting. It’s darn near impossible to achieve your goals if you don’t know what they are,...

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Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Musings of the Rookie Part 1: Setting Goals Author:  Rob Ridley, Rookie I’ve been a member at Silver Willow for a couple of years now.  I was hooked at a corporate shoot, and apparently, the Day...

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