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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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Consciousness and Competence in Training

Posted by Dick Jones on Jun 26, 2017 1:54:26 PM

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My first experience shooting a paper target with a pistol was both shocking and revealing. As a young man, I shot pistols with my friends who owned a Smith and Wesson Model 25. They all considered me to be the best shot, but we were shooting rocks, bottles, and cans - all normal practice targets in the 60s. I shot paper targets with rifles, but I considered this different, and it was only done to zero a scope or check different loads. On my first event of shooting paper with a pistol, a 25-yard pistol target was placed the proper 25 yards away. As I fired five rounds, I noted with satisfaction that there were no hits in the white. When we walked down to check my score. I found there were no hits in the black, either. I had grossly overestimated my capability. I was unconsciously incompetent before those five shots and consciously incompetent by the time the owner of that fine old revolver fired ten shots, all in the nine and ten rings.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Concealed Carry, New Shooters

Tap/Rack as a Conditioned Response

Posted by Dick Jones on Apr 5, 2017 10:35:00 AM

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Today, it seems there are more trainers than there were shooters just a few years ago. Many train by teaching sound principles that apply to the real world while others tend to make their training sessions look like a Special Forces exercise, with students rolling around under cars and jumping out of windows. There’s no doubt those classes can be fun but do you really have the skills you need firmly entrenched in your psyche? Those skills must be sufficiently ingrained to allow you to perform under real pressure, not just the pressure of not embarrassing yourself in front of other people.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns, Self Defense

8 tips for a Great Western Prairie Dog Hunt

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 28, 2017 7:39:27 AM

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Since we weren’t really prepared for a serious prairie dog hunt, my grandson, Charlie, and I decided our best tactic was to shoot the closer dogs with the .22 rimfire. I had only two rifles in the truck, one was a .223 Remington 5.56mm NATO rifle with a 1-6 Alpen scope. The other was a .22LR semi-auto rifle. I shot a couple of dogs out at longer ranges with the .223, but the extra noise caused the closer dogs to keep their heads down for a longer length of time than the rimfire. Since the object was to get him some shots, we decided to stick with the .22.

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Topics: Hunting

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

Hunting-Ducks

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