TRAP TIPS. Another dousing has us looking to nicer days (maybe tomorrow?) and thinking about better shots. When you’re on the trap range – or maybe a youngster firing up for the ND CTL fall league – we’ve got a few quick tips in our Outdoors Roundup to get you through the day and into the season.
Featured Photo: NIGHT MOVES. A pair of bucks in velvet make a midnight hustle into trailcam range. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 9/9 – Wet AM – Hi 61, Lo 52, Wind E@15, G25, .6” Rain
Tomorrow: Tue 9/10 – Best of Week? – Hi 67, Lo 51, Wind N@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
6:21PM 2:27AM 10:51PM 10:27AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (83% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00PM. Rain chances taper, winds subside, and movement should be up with moonrise in our Edge Hour.
CHOKED UP. Trap should be shot with a modified, improved modified or full choke. Too much more open than a modified choke and you risk too big a pattern that results in rattled clays that don’t break. Check your choke tubes before taking to the house.
STAND UP. Stance is key on the trap range in providing stability. A slight lean forward (55% of weight on front foot) will help absorb any recoil and send it down the shoulder, trunk and back leg. A slightly open stance on the end posts can also help with chasing down cutting clays.
HEAD’S UP. “Ninety percent of this game is half mental” as Yogi Berra once said. Don’t over think things on the trap house. Focus on what can be controlled, adjust on misses and don’t let them – or a string of them – get in your head. The same can carry over to success (or struggles) in the field. What the Yankee’s great also said about baseball applies with trap – “How can you hit when you’re thinking?”