Charles was late coming home from work last night and I assumed the worst: at the bar with work buddies, or got in a wreck on the interstate, or being a workaholic.  I was quite pleased with being wrong in my assumptions!  He was out shooting skeet.

Omaha is blessed with one of the few public trap and skeet ranges in the country, the Harry A. Koch Public Trap and Skeet Range.  It is part of Seymour Smith Park in LaVista and if my memory serves me correctly, both the land and the facility were endowed in perpetuity by Mr. Koch.  http://www.cityofomaha.org/parks/parks-a-facilities/specialty-parks/trap-a-skeet-range

Another institution that we are blessed with is Guns Unlimited, Inc. http://www.gunsunlimitedomaha.com/ They are a wealth of specialty supplies and information for the shooter and also the U.S. headquarters of the Japanese shotgun manufacturer, SKB. http://www.skbshotguns.com/ Charles and I both shoot SKB shotguns; he does 12-gauge in the field and 28-gauge at the range, while I shoot 20-gauge all-around.

That brings up the sore subject of my shooting.  I will admit to my status as a hack.  My aim is terrible and I have very little follow-through.  Last night before I went to bed, I asked Charles if he had any final thoughts on the world.  He said, “aim to the front and pull through to four feet”.  An odd closing thought for the day, but something I definitely have to keep in mind.

Once my youngest is in school (he’s one right now), I’m going to make a point of practicing my shooting regularly.  That’s not to say that I never hit anything, as I took the opening bird, a prairie chicken, last season.  But I have some serious room for improvement.

What does this have to do with hunting dogs, you say?  Well, the dog only retrieves what is shot.

In other hunting news, the Nebraska Game and Parks is holding their August meeting today and is considering an early teal season in the High and Low Plains Regions starting Labor Day weekend.  We’ll have our fingers crossed! http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/waterfowl/WFearlyteal.asp

I keep telling myself that I’m going to take a two-week sabbatical from the blog, but it hasn’t happened as of yet.  This is just too much fun, I hope you enjoy my ramblings.  So until next time, keep your barrels clean!