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Dick Jones

Dick Jones is an award winning freelance writer living in High Point, North Carolina. He’s an NRA Certified Instructor, a Distinguished Rifleman, former High Master, and teaches shotgun, rifle, and pistol as well as the North Carolina Concealed Carry Certification and Hunter Safety at Lewis Creek Shooting School. He can be reached at offtheporch52@yahoo.com or on his Lewis Creek Shooting School facebook page.
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Ken Middleton Memorial Youth Pheasant Hunt/Sporting Clays Shoot

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 26, 2015 5:23:00 PM

 

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Those who’ve never seen the sun rise over the winter desert have missed one of God’s most spectacular creations. First, there is a narrow strip of tequila sunrise color sharply contrasted by the jagged black skyline. The gradual warming of the cold eastern sky illuminates the highest hills behind you first, turning them into a warm pink color while the desert floor stays dark. The shapes of the washes and ridges bristle with prickly pear and manzanilla bushes. Gradually, almost imperceptibly, it becomes daylight. On this morning, a thin veil of clouds covered the sky for the YMCA’s High Desert Youth Pheasant Hunt promising to keep the dogs from overheating, even if the kids were a little cold.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

What's a Beretta Trident Lodge? Try Joshua Creek!

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 13, 2015 2:00:00 PM

upland-hunting-joshua-creek-lodge As often happens, this quail had no desire to conform to the well planned flush we’d set up. Instead of flying away from us and across the field, he popped up and flew right between our guide, Ryan Trovato, and my wife, Cherie. I realized Cherie’s view of the bird was obstructed by a tree so I took the shot. The bird fell in a little copse of oaks. “No problem,” Ryan said, “we were going to go that way next, anyway.”

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Drakes Only Day with Calcasieu Charter Service

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 10, 2015 5:44:22 PM

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Probably the most exciting time in my catalog of hunting memories are those seconds when ducks or geese are committed to the decoys, just before the hunters rise to shoot. I think this is because of the work and skill that goes into making this happen. First, decoys have to be set correctly for the conditions. Then, the birds must be spotted and attracted to check out the decoys while not alerting them it’s a ruse. During this time, the hunters must avoid detection and not overcall, tipping off the quarry. Finally, the moment of exposure must be timed correctly so the birds are in just the right place to allow the hunters a good shot.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck

Upland Hunting Etiquette

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 3, 2015 9:03:00 AM

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With Hunters in a line, it’s not only safer, but there are more safe directions you can shoot. Photo credit Travelsd.com

A while back, I hunted with Mike Johnson, a friend who runs the Clinton House Game Preserve in Clinton, South Carolina. My son in law, Jeff Jordan, had just begun training his first Boykin spaniel. Mike owns some of the best bird dogs I’ve ever hunted over, and his Tillie is the best flushing dog I’ve ever hunted over. It was a treat for Jeff to get to hunt over Tillie and he was full of questions. As we walked up on Mike’s pointer, Tank, who was locked up like a concrete yard ornament, Jeff asked, “Why did you decide to get a Boykin as a flushing dog?” Mike’s reply was, “I got tired of walking out in front of loaded guns.”

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Quail Hunting and a Visit to the Dream Ranch

Posted by Dick Jones on Feb 19, 2015 3:45:41 PM

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When my wife, Cherie, and I began making plans for our 2015 cross-country road trip to the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT), we decided to sample some of the finest hunting locations in the country. The idea was to alternate a travel day with a hunting or shooting day. We figured the ideal travel stretch for this would be about an eight-hour drive.
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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Six Tips for Seeking Outdoor Adventure in Fly-over Country

Posted by Dick Jones on Jan 18, 2015 4:12:22 PM

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The high desert is a beautiful place to hunt. I met Gio Schianna at the YMCA High Desert Hunt Club.

I didn’t even get to the Arizona line before I realized my mistake. The top was down and I was marveling at the rough mountains and remarkable terrain of the Nevada desert. It had already occurred to me I was going to be driving across the country on roughly the same route Todd and Buzz had traversed in their Corvette convertible way back in the 60s. I wasn’t in a Corvette convertible; I was in an old Mustang Convertible I’d just bought in Las Vegas. I should have driven back to Las Vegas and arranged for my wife, Cherie, to fly out on the next plane to join me for the ride back. It would have been a wonderful adventure, but I didn’t make the call. By the time I was half way across Arizona, I wished I had.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland

Managing the Trigger

Posted by Dick Jones on Jan 5, 2015 10:09:15 AM

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One of the best things about my life is how I’ve cultivated so many great friends. Those friends enrich my life, and it’s a pleasure when I get the opportunity to do something nice for them. This week, Mitch Dawkins, whose dad shot on my rifle team when he was a teenager, called about a shooting lesson for his new bride, Megan. Megan is preparing for a career in law enforcement and Mitch wanted me to give her a pistol lesson.
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Topics: New Shooters

Southern Woods, Georgia Birds and Hospitality

Posted by Dick Jones on Dec 20, 2014 6:01:17 PM

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On Point: Chief and Sugar on point, with Kicker poised for the flush.

We were heading into the morning sun across a wire grass and scrub oak-covered knoll to pick up a long shot I’d just made. Spot, an English pointer, locked up and Joker backed. I assumed he was pointing my downed bird. The flushing cocker bounced in for the retrieve when the guide called, “dead bird,” and a single quail got up, flying strong and definitely not a dead bird. My wife, Cherie, was on the right side and downed the bird about 20 yards out. As the cocker headed out on the retrieve, another single popped out and I took the shot while Cherie was reloading. I broke my gun down and when one of the pointers moved forward, still another bird bounced out of the knee-high scrub oak, just as Cherie closed her gun. This one was hers, and she dropped the little bobwhite rooster in the wire grass. Incredibly, as she was reloading, another bird flushed and we eventually got six birds out of the spot within a few yards of where we eventually found my original dead bird. You can never predict how it’ll go on a Georgia quail hunt.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

Trigger Control: Accepting the Wobble

Posted by Dick Jones on Dec 15, 2014 8:09:31 AM

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Last week, I was at a writer’s conference and it was shooting day. I was on the range with a good friend and outdoor writer who’s also a really good shooter, we’ll call him Glen. He was shooting a 1911 compact with a Crimson Trace laser and having a bit of trouble. I was standing off the line and watching the bright green laser point on his target ten feet away. The laser beam would rattle around in the center of the target for a second or two and then plunge a few inches down and left as the gun went off. 

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Chris Cerino's 7 Gun Tips to Become a Better Shooter

Posted by Dick Jones on Nov 19, 2014 1:39:11 PM

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I met Chris Cerino at the 2011 Bianchi Cup, just after the first season of the History Channel’s Top Shot TV series and as he was just starting his training company, Chris Cerino Training Group. He had an infectious, positive attitude and was a great shooter as well. Later, I took his four day Diagnostic Pistol Instructor Course and learned more about pistol shooting than I’d acquired in the previous 30 years of shooting and teaching people to shoot. Cerino has an analytical approach to training shooters. He’s thought out the issues that prevent good performance and has a way of presenting them that’s both revealing and helpful.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting