Well I'm a new shooter and addicted! I thought it would be fun to become an ATA member and start to step up! Any other input or advice on taking shooting to the next level? Any other places to join leagues, competitions, etc?
If you enjoy competition, I highly recommend ATA registered shoots. Any shooting is fun, but I think there is an added dimension to registered shooting when you go to the line with the challenge of "right now, for the next 100 targets", let's see what I can do.
i am intersted in anywhere north of chicago. ill be visiting my family 25 minutes north of the city. any ideas? i know of Northbrook Sports Club but its members only club and its 5grand a year to be a member! ive shot there before and its a damn nice facility though. thanks for your help
You might try Winchester Gun Club, west of Racine on I-94 at mile marker 330, about 15 miles north of the Illinois border. It's on WEST Frontage Road about a half mile north of Hwy K.
Winter Hours are 10-5 on weekends, 5-9 on tuesdays and thursdays, and 3 to 9 on Wednesdays. They offer trap, skeet, 5-Stand and Sporting Clays.
If there's more than one of you, one of you should buy a $50 annual membership and buy a 20-round shoot card for $100 and share it between you. Non-member rates for trap and skeet are $8; member rates are $5.50, or $5 if you use a shoot card. Shells are available and the club has a bar.
The pullers are pretty good; it's customary to tip your puller at Winchester $1.00 per round.
Other choices are available in Bristol, Wi about 5 miles west of I-294 on Route 50, or Boxhorn (a little farther north and west of Winchester on Muskego Lake off US Route 45 at Hwy H). Bristol is a club, and it involves a lot of waiting around, but it was $1.00 cheaper than Winchester last time I was there. They offer trap, skeet, 5-stand, a well-run 200 yd rifle and pistol range, blackpowder shooting and Archery ranges. Boxhorn is a very well run club comparable with Winchester that offers trap and skeet, a bar, and a friendly atmosphere.
I'd rank them Winchester, Boxhorn, and then Bristol unless you're looking to shoot rifle as well.
well thanks for the input! i appreciate it. coincidentally, a friend of ours told us today about winchester gun club. i think im going to go through although its a bit pricey. but hell, ya do what you gotta do and i want to shoot my new browning NOW! thanks i'll be up there saturday most likely. take it easy.
Sounds like opening remarks at an AA meeting :lol:
Good for you Adam, for having the courage to admit to your addiction. Welcome to the ranks!
Competition shooting isn't for everyone, but it's well worth giving it a try. I found that my shooting improved once I started shooting comp. (For what it was costing me it better have improved :wink: ) Initially it can be a little intimidating. You should review the rule book. Get familiar with the classifications, averages, and different disciplines, handicaps, doubles, etc. As well you should try and squad on a late squad the first time out, so you can watch other squads, and get the feel for it.
Practise as much as you can afford, or have time for. It can help as well if you have just started shooting trap, to get a couple of lessons, if there is an instructor at one of the clubs in your area.
Above all remember to have fun!. If the pressure of competition gets to you, go back to fun shooting.
thanks for the warm welcome and good help. i am going to get an instructor and practice with the new browning first. once i get familiar with the gun i'll do some local leagues/tournaments (decided ATA was too expensive right now) and see how it goes. thanks again
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