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The worst thing about being self-taught is the teacher. Its not that we men arent smart because we are. In this case, its kind of like the Drivers Ed teacher saying, Look, well talk about the brake tomorrow, right now just get your coat and Ill get the keys.

Gambling With Your Shooting : A Sporting Clays Article by Daniel Schindler

Gambling With Your Shooting : A Sporting Clays Article by Daniel SchindlerThe worst thing about being self-taught is the teacher. Its not that we men arent smart because we are. In this case, its kind of like the Drivers Ed teacher saying, Look, well talk about the brake tomorrow, right now just get your coat and Ill get the keys.Youve been hunting pheasants, quail and ducks for many years. By now, good shooting should pretty much be a no-brainer. Facing your first clay bird, we heard, Yeah, I can do this, throw me a target. Its pretty much a jock mentality. After all, while you may be a bit washer and dryer challenged, you can shoot a shotgun!From 1960 to 1980 I was a very respectable shot in the game fields. If it had feathers or fur and was in season, you could count on me to fill the tag or game bag followed by modest tales of extraordinary shooting prowess. Back then, I didnt have the first clue how I dispatched game so quickly in the fields of Pennsylvania and Iowa but I did. I had a semi back then too. It was a gnarled 20 gauge SXS that was semi-reliable but really delivered when it counted.It was in the early 1980s that I first encountered the clay target. For some unexplainable reason the little 20 gauge wasnt as reliable on the clays course as it had been in the field. Never doubting my ability, I knew a new gun would take care of this quite handily. Which it did of course, until it recognized who was shooting it and then it too became unreliable. Undaunted, my search continued with multiple purchases until my accountant suggested I figure out just exactly how the X got on the score sheet.Im now in Veteran class. Though not happy about that particular classification, the many years Ive spent in sporting have encouraged and supported my lifelong desire to be involved in the shooting sports. Here is a hard-earned lesson paid for in many missed targets.When we first step into the box, unguided and without expectations, sporting clays is a blast. Minis, battues and rabbits confound us at first but through trial and error, gradually, 1 shell at a time, targets do begin to break. Instinct is the shooting method of choice and for good reason. Its worked before and thats reason enough.Soon, crossing and quartering birds are broken with a fragile but growing confidence while our shooting style is taking shape. Not only are we becoming more familiar with certain shots, were definitely on the path to taming this game. Targets are breaking. Life is good.Enter the score sheet.........This full article can be purchased online by visting: www.paragonschool.com/catalog

Water Parks Make A Great Summer Family Outing

Water Parks Make A Great Summer Family Outing

Quality family fun is what every parent looks for. And what better way to spend a relaxing day with your family then near the water. Thats why water parks make a great summer family outing.Water parks have plenty of entertainment to offer including all kinds of water rides, arcades, outdoor games like miniature golf and go carts, and good food. All you need to do is show up to discover the excitement that awaits you.There are slides for all levels and ages including water pools for the very youngest family members. So whether you like a real challenge or prefer a ride thats relaxing, its there.The larger parks have intertwined looping tube slides which are a blast; some starting 6 stories above the park and ending with a splash landing. There are a variety of tubes to choose from, so if 6 stories is too high you can play on one of the smaller ones. And who says a "water park" is all about the slides? These days wakeboard and knee ski are growing water sports that many water parks are now offering. The courses are usually about mile long and you can test your skills. Levels start at beginner and go right up to expert. And, if you arent ready to give it a try you can watch. Its a great spectator sport too!If you prefer to partner up with your buddy, there are usually some great two person water rides to check out. The inner tubes are one of the most fun. Or why not take a ride down a twisting turning slide reaching maximum speeds as you drop from an elevated shoot. If thats not your style why not try the Black Hole or the equivalent offered by most parks. Here youll jump into a raft and take an exhilarating journey down a twisting tunnel of darkness whoo-eee fun with a capital F! And if youre lucky enough to visit Orlandos Wet and Wild, be sure to check out The Blast which will have you screaming for more as you get soaked to the core in this stimulating ride complete with sound effects. Youll twist and turn your way down through waterspouts and burst through pipes. What a ride! If you cant get to Orlando dont worry. Other water parks are offering similar rides.When you need a rest from the water you can soak up some rays on the side. Grab a chair or relax on your beach towel. And then why not take the family for a game of miniature golf? Dont forget to enjoy a delicious burger and order of fries with a nice cold drink. And the day wont be complete without an ice cream.Water parks offer a full day of fun and relaxation for the entire family. So why not get out and enjoy it? You wont be sorry!

Camping Tents

Camping Tents

So you've decided to go camping. You've check out the camp sites that are accredited by the ACA or American Camping Association and KOA or Kampgrounds of America. Now you need to decide how much you want to "rough it". Are you staying in an RV, or a pop up camper? Perhaps you're pulling a travel trailer. Much too "luxe" for you, you say. You're a real man and all you need is a sleeping bag and a tent.Choosing a tent for camping is the first task for any camping trip. What type of weather conditions are you expecting? Always be prepared for the worst, rain, wind, and cold. There are three season and four season tents available. Four season tents are heavier than three season tents. They tend to have more poles than three season tents to help them withstand wind and snow fall. Of course, most of us are fair weather campers. A three season tent will be fine for us. So, now, what style of tent do you want?What style of tent you want may depend on how much backpacking you're going to do. If you're a pack backer you'll want to keep your load as light as possible. A tarp tent may be the one for you, or if you're camping in summer a lightweight warm weather tent may work.If you're the type of camper who likes to "rough it" at a drive up base camp area then the weight of a tent will not be an issue for you. You will probably be more concerned with how many people will be sharing your tent. A two man tent will most likely be uncomfortable for two large adults and all their gear. Those with camping experience say that you'll want to look for at least 30 square feet of floor space per person. They say that you should divide the number of people a tent says is it's capacity by 2. If you're traveling with young children you definitely want to look into a larger model of tent. You'll want a large area inside your tent, especially as you may experience some inclement weather and have the children inside the tent for long periods of time. It would be nice if they had an area to play their board games.Before you spend your hard earned money on a tent go to your neighborhood camping store where you can actually see the tents set up. Walk around in it. Lie in it. Stand up straight in it. Make sure that the tent you choose will meet all your camping requirements before you get to your campsite.

Fly Fishing - The Simple Art

Fly Fishing - The Simple Art

In its simplicity, fly fishing transcends the commonplace to become art itself. Years ago I used to live in the Berkshires, the heavily forested and hilly land of Western Massachusetts, home to writers, theater folk, artists of all types. It is a beautiful place, a land rich with natural beauty. Its rivers and lakes boast trout of all kinds - brook, brown, rainbow, even tiger trout (a cross between a female brown and male brook trout) and fishing with flies is deeply embedded in the angling culture of the area.The Berkshires are home to painters, too, and of these I count Norman Rockwell as my best example of a painter who grabs the inner heart of fishing. Rockwell, who lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts from 1953 to his death in 1978, did homage to that ideal. All outdoor sports have their cache of needed equipment, and fishing is no different. Every angler has his or her favorite "fly fishing" gear to port along. But it is in the quiet simplicity of casting flies, over and over again, that one begins to feel what Rockwell once said: "if it isn't an ideal world, it should be so." Fly fishing is a game of cat and mouse, or fly and fish, true. Whether it's Montana fly fishing, with its pristine mountain lakes and rivers, or a wilderness trek for Alaska fly fishing, it's all the same. Combing the banks, one is always on the hunt for the trout rise, trying to read its complex nature - bubbles? rings? nipping rise, or gobbling attack? - and thereby one decides on a fly and a strategy. But at the heart of it lies the desire for more than fish. One is after solitude and peace, and connection with a pastime which stretches back into the mists of time. Perhaps no one said it better than Herbert Hoover:"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the simplicity of our forefathers."

Camping Gear Checklist

With camping season right around the corner, you are sure to be planning the best camping trip ever with your family. In order to make it a great camping trip, you need to be sure that you have the gear you need for camping. We have created this great checklist for you to use, to be sure that you do not forget any camping essentials.Cooking Essentials For Camping Camp Grill Water Can Opener Food Pots and Pans Ice Chest Charcoal Matches Paper Plates Plastic Eating Utensils Spices Salt and Pepper Garbage Bags DrinksDont Forget About Clean Up After Cooking Dish Soap Dish Towel Large Tub For Washing Up CookwareBe sure that you plan meals that are easy. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and sandwiches are some of the easiest low maintenance camping meals that you will find. Sleeping Essentials For Camping Tent Sleeping Bags Pillows Extra Blankets If NeededPersonal Hygiene and Shower Essentials Toothbrush Toothpaste Towels Wash Cloths Soap Shampoo and Conditioner Hair Brush and Hair Accessories Razor and Shaving Cream Toilet Paper Small Mirror DeodorantClothing Essentials T- Shirts Shorts Jeans Jacket Raincoat Socks Underwear Boots Tennis Shoes SwimsuitMiscellaneous Essentials Bug Spray Binoculars First Aid Kit Fishing Gear Hunting Gear Oil Lamps Flash Lights Deck of Cards Screen Room Knife Extra Batteries Cell Phone Battery Powered FanCamping is a lot of fun, and the more prepared you are, the better your trip will be. Be sure and print this list out so that you will not forget anything important for your camping trip.

Dartmoor National Park Guided Walks a Huge Success

The walks have been a great success with both tourists and local people due to the careful planning of the walks. The start times and locations are set to make the walks as accessible as possible for all concerned but still manage to take in some of the must see sights on the moors.

If youve ever wondered what creatures are out and about on Dartmoor at night, why not go along for a two hour stroll at Newbridge on Monday 14 August at 8 pm. Situated in the beautiful Dart valley, the Newbridge area is a haven for a great many species.

Younger wildlife enthusiasts can join a Wet and Wild stream dipping activity, or a Dartmoor Family Play Day, helping them learn about Dartmoor wildlife while having fun. On Thursday 10 August, a three hour Dartmoor Family Play-Day takes place, from 10 am, at Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator. The whole family can join in the fun, with nature games and activities suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years. These events are extremely popular so booking is essential. Please telephone the High Moorland Visitor Centre, Princetown, on (01822) 890414. On Friday 25 August there is another chance to take the children along to a Wet and Wild Stream dipping activity, this time at Bellever, near Postbridge, at 2 pm.

The full programme of guided walks and events can be found in the Dartmoor National Park Visitor Guide, the Authoritys free information newspaper, available from Information Centres. Many of the guided walks are accessible by public transport. If you arrive at the start point by public transport, and show your ticket to the guide, you can join the walk free of charge.

The whole scheme has proved such a success that several other national parks are looking into similar programs for the coming year.

Summary

The worst thing about being self-taught is the teacher. Its not that we men arent smart because we are. In this case, its kind of like the Drivers Ed teacher saying, Look, well talk about the brake tomorrow, right now just get your coat and Ill get the keys.