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The ballots are in, the votes counted, and the Clay Target Shootout TV show’s “Viewers’ Choice” competition is now a matter of record. Casey Jones of Texas was the top vote-getter from among almost 50 shooters who competed on the series created and produced by Scott Linden.

Casey was one of the show’s “Young Guns,”  competing in the Scholastic Clay Target Program. Almost 10,000 television viewers went to the National Sporting Clays and National Skeet Shooting Associations’ websites to vote. Jones chose the Kawasaki Disease Foundation as beneficiary should he win the balloting, and that organization will be receiving $1,000 from Linden. He will take home a ProMatic Firefly trap thrower and a TruckVault for garnering the most votes for his charity.

Casey Jones, come on down!

Casey Jones, come on down!

Clay Target Shootout is the official television series of both the National Sporting Clays Association and National Skeet Shooting Association. More information: 541-382-1726 or www.scottlindenoutdoors.com.

To find out more about Casey and his chosen beneficiary, go here.

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Yours truly actually "working" at SHOT ... you'll hear this interview on my radio show.

Yours truly actually "working" at SHOT ... you'll hear this interview on my radio show.

(ORLANDO) SHOT Show updates … What innovation there was in our universe was in the highest-tech segment of our world, dog training collars. Translation: ho-hum of a show in many respects. But here are some more notable exceptions:

Dogtra introduced their “RR Deluxe,” a remote bird-launcher release system that has a loudspeaker mimicking both duck call and beep sounds. It interfaces with their pheasant and quail launchers, and uses a standard, codable transmitter that allows you to chain up to 16 launchers if your wife will let you buy them and you can figure out how to code them all! 

The duck call feature is particularly intriguing for added “realism” for retriever trainers. The beeper is described by Dogtra as helping you locate the launcher system in heavy cover (helpful, especially when you’re trying to locate your dog at the same time). I’d like to see uplanders served by a pheasant cackle on version 1.1, or better yet, the last launch of the day featuring a comely synthesized female voice announcing the start of happy hour.

If you live the shotgun lifestyle, you might visit www.shotgunlife.com, a new site creators are describing as in the “Best Gun” category. You’ll find articles (many very long), some product information, and at least a nod to women shooters, so pour yourself a half-skinny-soy-no foam latte’ extra caffeine and take a look.

SportDog is touting their new SportHunter 1825, a slimmer-profile receiver and transmitter system that offers up to 16 stimulus levels (requires a few button pushes – ask your texting-savvy kid to help) and (thank you) vibration AND tone through the collar receiver. Both should come in handy for creative dog trainers. They’ve also built a new “docking” system for charging batteries. No word on whether or not you can combine tone and vibration to perform the drum and guitar solos in the surf tune “Wipeout.”

There’s a black version and a camo version, both are waterproof,  and can be adapted to handle up to three dogs using SportDog’s “Add-A-Dog” (a great title for a spouses’ worst nightmare)  collars.

Next stop on the Awesome Upland Road Trip: Reno, Nevada and the Safari Club International convention, next week. How about for you? Where would you wear a new pair of Irish Setter boots? Tell me in the comments section and you might win a free pair!

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Short SHOT: [More later.] Remington has taken a leaf from its handgun counterparts, introducing a shotgun with polymer frame and other components. Called the “887 Nitro Magnum,” this 12-ga. pump still has a steel barrel and receiver, but that’s where the similarities to the reliable 870 end.

The external polymer shell protects the guts of the gun from corrosion. Ditto for the trigger plate, made from the same polymer.  And though the TPA contains the fire control and carrier – similar to the 870 fire control – it also, uniquely, contains the right and left shell latches.

Gotta go! More to come from Orlando, FL.

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More info at the CTS page (see right)

More info at the CTS page (see right)

Clay Target Shootout returns!

Viewers, voters, critics and competitors have spoken. We will re-broadcast the entire 13 award-winning episodes of season one starting Thursday, October 2. Spread the word, vote for your favorite shooter, and learn how you can “Win a Shot on the Show!”

Broadcast schedule (all times Eastern): Pursuit Channel (DirecTV Ch. 611) Sun. midnight & 3 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.; Fox Sports (DirecTV Ch. 651 & Dish Network Ch. 426) part of “Early Morning Outdoors” Sun. 8:30 a.m. Learn more by navigating to the CTS page, on your right.

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Yes, sporting clays are shot here

Yes, sporting clays are shot here

Aside from the stifling heat and sauna-like humidity, the All-American at Elk Creek in Owenton KY was a winner. There was the novelty of shooting among the vines, rolling hills and woodlands (Elk Creek also makes wine … yes, in Kentucky), and the chance to watch a number of world-class shooters demonstrate the right way to “shoot flying.”

Elk Creek staff were among the most hospitable I’ve experienced (and I’ve had a bit, making our TV series Clay Target Shootout) … answering every question and always willing to offer a golf cart ride to your destination.

Even if you’re a duffer at sporting clays, shoot Elk Creek if you get a chance. [And if you’re a cheap duffer, enter our contest and you might “Win a Shot on the Show” next season. Go to: www.blackswingandclay.com.]

- Scott

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