South Aus­tralia train­ing on tar­get

Field & Game Aus­tralia is com­mit­ted to hunter ed­u­ca­tion and we re­cently de­liv­ered the Shot­gun­ning Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram for a sec­ond time in South Aus­tralia.

Field and Game - - SEP IN SA -

Word of the valu­able learn­ings from Shot­gun­ning Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram (SEP) must have spread through the River­land be­cause the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants more than dou­bled, with an equal mix of male and fe­male par­tic­i­pants.

FGA de­vel­op­ment man­ager Daryl Snow­don was the in­struc­tor, as­sisted by CEO David Mcnabb.

Con­di­tions at the Ren­mark Berri Field & Game ground were less than ideal with steady winds touch­ing 55 km/h and gust­ing to 83 km/h. It was a tough day to shoot but the par­tic­i­pants ea­gerly stepped up to take a shot at dif­fi­cult clay tar­gets so the in­struc­tors could as­sess their tech­nique and stan­dard.

When the group moved on to pat­tern test­ing a lot of team­work was needed to get the pa­per to cling to the boards long enough to get three shots off.

For Nathan Bax­ter, at­tend­ing SEP was about in­creas­ing his ef­fec­tive­ness in the field and he was sur­prised to dis­cover his main is­sue wasn’t tech­nique, it was a gun fit is­sue. “My pel­let count on the boards was so low it wasn’t even worth count­ing,” he said.

Af­ter a lit­tle field dress­ing (some wet­suit ma­te­rial and card­board to raise his po­si­tion on the stock) Nathan’s re­sults im­proved dra­mat­i­cally. “I learnt quite a bit from the course but I was sur­prised with my shot­gun not fit­ting me. I have hunted well with it but the padding has made a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence,” he said. A visit to a gun­smith is next on his list. Brad Gille­spie said he chose to do SEP to learn about pat­tern test­ing and to work out his op­ti­mal kill zone.

“I was really in­ter­ested in the pat­tern test­ing; my eyes are start­ing to age so judg­ing dis­tance is more dif­fi­cult,” he said. “I have learnt that prob­a­bly my max­i­mum dis­tance would be 30 m.”

Af­ter wash­ing off the dust, the FGA team joined mem­bers from Ren­mark Berri, Waik­erie, Barmera Moorook (in­clud­ing FGA board mem­ber Jim God­den) and Keith Field & Game for an in­for­mal in­for­ma­tion shar­ing ses­sion.

We have great peo­ple with enor­mous pas­sion and knowl­edge across our branch net­work and these events are a chance to learn from each other.

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