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 Post subject: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:24 am 
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The Jess Briley Blue Goose is sold out. 200 shooters. That is capacity at GHGC. Good skeet events seem to be doing okay around here. I'm only a spectator this year, mainly watching my son shoot, but I will pay for the crab leg dinner!




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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:51 am 
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That is great news. I'm sure "ShowMe" is thrilled - so thrilled that he is physically unable to post his positive response........

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 11:15 am 
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This is great news for the Blue Goose, indeed, but I don’t believe it means that registered skeet, in general, is in a healthy state. In the north Texas area, I used to love to shoot registered tournaments at the following clubs that today no longer hold registered skeet shoots:

Arlington - 5 fields
Desoto - 6 fields
Chicken Ranch - 4 fields
Paris - 4 fields
Tyler - 4 fields
Waco - 17 fields

With clubs like those above dropping out it means that a declining population of registered shooters are finding fewer places to shoot their registered targets.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 12:58 pm 
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This is not a sustainable trend -

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The Jess Briley Blue Goose is sold out. 200 shooters.


Regarding the Elite -
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Event is sold out except for a couple of single shooter spots.


tractorboy wrote:
following clubs that today no longer hold registered skeet shoots:

Arlington - 5 fields
Desoto - 6 fields
Chicken Ranch - 4 fields
Paris - 4 fields
Tyler - 4 fields
Waco - 17 fields

With clubs like those above dropping out it means that a declining population of registered shooters are finding fewer places to shoot their registered targets.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:02 pm 
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tractorboy wrote:
the following clubs that today no longer hold registered skeet shoots:

Waco - 17 fields


:shock: Waco? :shock:

Shocking.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:44 pm 
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Top shoots 1996
1. World - 882 shooters- San Antonio
2. Mini - 589 shooters - San Antonio
3. Bradshaw - 324 shooters - Waco


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:54 pm 
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tractorboy wrote:
Top shoots 1996
1. World - 882 shooters- San Antonio
2. Mini - 589 shooters - San Antonio
3. Bradshaw - 324 shooters - Waco


We shot the zone in Waco a couple of years ago. It was basically full but they haven't had another big shoot. Is it possible that part of the problem could be lousy club management?


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:15 pm 
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I believe that, at one time, it was the largest member owned club in the USA. They still hold some large Trap shoots there each year.


https://www.wacoskeetandtrap.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 7:41 pm 
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tractorboy wrote:
I believe that, at one time, it was the largest member owned club in the USA. They still hold some large Trap shoots there each year.


https://www.wacoskeetandtrap.com/


They certainly have found a niche. Speed Cup Stacking is more popular in Texas than registered trap.

So why are some tournaments popular and others have disappeared? Could be that the clubs and tournaments themselves determine that.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:11 pm 
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I do believe the Mid-American is about at capacity if not at capacity and it’s the same weekend as the Blue Goose.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:15 pm 
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St. Joe is great club with super members and excellent fields. Is there a trend?


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:29 am 
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drawdc wrote:
Is there a trend?


Yes, but it's not good.


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 Post subject: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:12 am 
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ShowMe wrote:
drawdc wrote:
Is there a trend?


Yes, but it's not good.


And what trend is that?

The two small shoots I went to in April also had great turnouts. One that consistently had around 35 shooters every year had almost 50 this year. The other had about 40 where in years past only had 20-30. I don’t think this trend is limited to just the top 100 shoots. Of course it’s only two shoots but the weather for both were lousy (cold, very windy).

drawdc wrote:
St. Joe is great club with super members and excellent fields. Is there a trend?


I agree! One of my favorite clubs!


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 7:09 am 
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schlarmanm1 wrote:
And what trend is that?

The two small shoots I went to in April also had great turnouts.


That's not a trend.

This is a trend -

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the following clubs that today no longer hold registered skeet shoots:

Arlington - 5 fields
Desoto - 6 fields
Chicken Ranch - 4 fields
Paris - 4 fields
Tyler - 4 fields
Waco - 17 fields


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:06 am 
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Capitol City - 4 fields Austin, TX. Another place that I loved to shoot registered skeet tournaments. Their "Tequila Open" was a shoot I always had on my schedule and for me was a do not miss event. They still hold NSCA tournaments, but no more NSSA skeet.

http://www.capitalclays.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:13 am 
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This is what I have seen over the past 10-15 years. If the club/shoot isn't heavily subsidized by either club members or outside sources, those small clubs will suffer. No added money in those small clubs. The larger shoots have close to $10,000 added money or more. I'm not sure this is a good thing for skeet.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:47 pm 
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Correction

The following clubs that today no longer hold registered skeet shoots:

Arlington - 5 fields
Desoto - 6 fields
Chicken Ranch - 4 fields
Paris - 4 fields
Tyler - 4 fields
Waco - 17 fields

Waco only has 12 equipped fields. Those 5 fields at the back are empty and always have been except back when they held a State shoot. They would rent machines for that shoot and then remove them afterwords.

Poor, or lack of, proper management and lousy machines is what killed Waco.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:37 pm 
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D McMillen wrote:
The larger shoots have close to $10,000 added money or more. I'm not sure this is a good thing for skeet.


That depends on what skeet is for you. If you are one of those that attend those shoots, or are paid or subsidized if you attend those shoots, then it seems at good thing.

If you shoot, or shot, at clubs where registered skeet has withered or died because your shooters are now chasing points or lucre at the added money shoots, then it doesn't seem a good thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:02 pm 
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ShowMe wrote:
D McMillen wrote:
The larger shoots have close to $10,000 added money or more. I'm not sure this is a good thing for skeet.


That depends on what skeet is for you. If you are one of those that attend those shoots, or are paid or subsidized if you attend those shoots, then it seems at good thing.

If you shoot, or shot, at clubs where registered skeet has withered or died because your shooters are now chasing points or lucre at the added money shoots, then it doesn't seem a good thing.


This is what has happened in our neck of the woods from what I can see. Local registered shoots are drying up because most of the better shooters who can afford it book themselves at the bigger shoots. Its not so much for the money - its the competition and the "points". There are still a few, good local shoots that are worth attending, but it gets thinner every year. Bigger slice of a smaller pie - depends on who's doing the eating.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Goose
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 7:25 pm 
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All scores for the Blue Goose can be followed at myskeet.com -

(1) www.myskeet.com - select the Tournaments menu item, then select the "Reports" link for the Blue Goose

(2) Shooters Portal: shooter.myskeet.com (results tab)

(3) Mobile app: mobile.myskeet.com

(4) Digital Scoreboard - scoreboard.myskeet.com (yes, you can run your own scoreboard on your own laptop and watch the scores update as they are being entered)


BTW, we are introducing Text Messages at the Blue Goose this year too! Shooters will receive a text message when they register, when their score is entered, and when they are added to a shoot-off!

Shoot-offs are now displayed on the scoreboards also!

Getting ready for the Goose next weekend - it is going to awesome!
See you on the field!




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