SHOULDER UP! The shooting sports season comes to its big conclusion in Horace this weekend as the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) hosts the State Championship on Saturday and Sunday. You too can take aim at better scores this season, whether it’s trap, skeet or sporting clays, we tell you how in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: On High. Sporting Clays courses put shooters in elevated positions and present challenging targets. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 6/15 – Cool on north wind. Hi 78, Lo 63, Wind N@10.
Tomorrow: Sat 6/16 – Cloudy, damp. Hi 72, Lo 60, Wind NE@14, G22.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:48AM Sunset: 9:39PM
Moonrise: 7:54AM Moonset 11:36PM
Overhead: 3:47PM Underfoot: 3:15AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (5% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00-4:00PM. Start your weekend early with moon overhead, light winds and some cloud cover for a good bite in today’s Edge Hour.
SEE THE TARGET. No matter the sport, be focused on the target leaving the house and in flight. Too many shooters turn their sight to the end of the gun and lose track of the target. Follow smoothly and swing through the bird as you bust it.
GET A MANTRA. In that moment before calling pull, take a breath and say a one or two-word phrase synonymous with success. It could be “crush it” or “dead bird” or “swing easy” but sports psychologists concur that incorporating a mantra before challenging, but routine activities (think free throws, deadlifts or a golf putt) helps align the physical and mental aspects and creates a positive mindset.
DON’T LOSE THE LESSON. Misses teach us a lot about what we’re doing wrong. Make each missed bird a lesson and learn from it. Correct your swing, stance, flinch or other action that put you off target and get the next one. Don’t spend too much time thinking about the last clay – the next one is just about up! PULL!