Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shooting Woes

Apparently, I am still suffering from flusters from the Comish's silliness this past summer. At the last jackpot shoot I finished last losing every match. If this keeps up I will be too embarrassed for either of my personas to show up at any titled match next year. One commentator recently opined that my "poor" shooting was the result of "buck fever" even though I harvested a bull at considerable distance, bulls apparently equating to bucks.  The truth be known the unfortunate bull just happened to wander into the path of my stray bullet, it being fired by chance probably in a fit of flusters according to the commentator.

Western hunts allow much time for analytical thinking.  I can recognize an Oswald shot when I make one.  They are not particularly difficult because the lead required by the target moving away is offset by the lead required by the downward angle of the shot and if the shot is straight away then distance is irrelevant.  I learned this some 60 years ago from Nebraska coyote hunters who took great care to set their shots up so that the target was running straight away with the lead required for the movement away being cancelled by the lead required by the downward angle, much like Oswald on JFK.  Remember to turn the engine off so there is no motor vibration.  Learn by watching. Any way maybe a good shot or maybe as the commentator thinks the poor animal ran into the path of the bullet.

Getting back to fast draw, maybe my poor shooting at the Camp was the remnants of  "buck fever" or the result of the pain and suffering of the hunt, or as I want to think, the lingering fluster of the Comish's silliness. Cutting comments can cause one to bleed and if I have done so in the past to anyone I am truly sorry and apologize to all.  Any cuts I may have received I hope I can look upon them as scars of banter and fodder for humor.

" a jackass, but he is our jackass!"  Devil Anse Hatfield


  1. Come to Louisiana in April. We'll show you a good time.

  2. I think your main problem is that you have abandoned your main staple, "bucket work". You are well known around the North Phoenix area for giving advice and as stated some ill advice to those that don't need it.
    I am surprised that the Camp has not consulted you for your expertise in training practices.. You should heed your own practice regiment to bring your head back down from the mountain.
    As a suggestion the Camp will be holding a shooting class on the 1st of next month, and may give you a discount if you promise never to display your writing talents on blog spot again, but then again maybe not.
    If you want more free lessons the same as what you have been given as of late, Shady Mountain is the place to go.
    I am reluctant to admit it that if you weren't around here causing misery to some and marbles to others this would be a boring group of Gunslingers.

    1. Sorry, you found your profile, going back to bed, if i awake in time will bring marbles, otherwise may just snooze, doc is my proxy for three marbles.