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.
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.