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New Post 9/10/2008 11:50 PM
  Michael Stern
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First Time at the Club 
Today I had the pleasure of a round of sporting clays with my Dad at the club. It was my first time there and found it to be a great facility. My father was visiting from NJ and I had just told him about the club I saw on the road near Twin Lakes that was open to the public, so off we went. Nothing beats the feeling of shooting again with my 81 year old father after being away from home for 30 years.

I have been shooting since I was about 12-13 (now 54) with most of my time spent on either a trap or skeet range. Since moving to Illinois I have had a place to shoot so I am very much out of practice but I held my own. Now that I have fond the club I will be there as often as allows (and my wife).

I do have a question to anyone that reads this forum, I plan to hunt Deer this season in WI and will be using a slug gun since the woods where we hunt are thick. My problem is I just picked up a new rifled barrel and sight but I have no place to sight it in. Anyone have an idea where I might be able to do it?
 
New Post 9/16/2008 8:37 AM
  Kamin Mahoney
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Re: First Time at the Club 
Hello Michael,
Try the Bristol Conservation Club in Bristol, WI. Take 83 north to Salem, WI, turn right onto county highway AH. It will be a couple miles down on your right. They have rifle, pistol, blackpowder, and archery ranges. They also have a nice skeet/trap facility. It is open to the public, bring a stapler for your targets.

Best time is during the Packer game, as the crowds thin.

Good luck.
 
New Post 9/22/2008 11:00 AM
  Al Chickerneo
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Re: First Time at the Club 
We're glad you had a great time at our club and we hope you come back soon. We think that our clays course is both beautiful and unique and our pullers really enjoy taking groups around. If you feel that a shooting lesson would be helpful I'd be happy to go out with you.

Regarding sighting in your slug gun, I think the Kenosha County Conservation Club (Bristol Ranges) is an ideal place. Kamin Mahoney's suggestion that you go during the Super Bowl is also excellent advice. This time of year you may have to wait quite a while for a free shooting bench.
 
New Post 9/26/2008 5:11 PM
  Michael Stern
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Re: First Time at the Club 
Guys,

Thanks for the response. I just so happened to have found the Bristol range on the web just the other day. I plan to check it out shortly.

Al, thanks for the offer for lessons, but I need more practice than lessons. In my younger days I was a NRA Certified Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun Instructor as well as a New Jersery Hunter Safety Instructor. But since I moved away from the east coast (30 years ago) my life got to busy to keep up with the sport. I have been hunting every year, but my competitive trap and skeet days are behind me. I am still a 70-80% shooter, but that is not even close to the old days.

Now I have the tiime to shoot but I don't have anyone to shoot with. That being said, I am coming out tomorrow with my son and a few of his friends for a round of clays. If you ever need an extra man and can give me a days notice (or a few hours) I would be happy to join a group of shooters that wanted extra company.

I think the facility is very nice and just walking the paths between stations is peaceful and relaxing. The two pullers we worked with were great guys to BS with and they had lots of great stories.
 
New Post 10/9/2008 11:32 AM
  Al Chickerneo
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Re: First Time at the Club 
Michael,
Give me a call and I'll shoot with you; no instruction, just good natured encouragement. I also need to get out and shoot more as I am currently in a high 70's low 80's rut. It seems like I spend a lot of time on the course, but not for my own benefit, so if you need a shooting partner please think of me. I am retired so practically any day works. Call my cell at 262-206-3292.
 
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