It’s Duck Season

Remembering back to the Loony Tunes morning cartoons as a young child the bit with Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny saying what season it is comes to bear. Well without a doubt it’s duck season here in the NW despite Daffy’s prompting towards rabbit season.

With ducks coming down the flyways in droves many of us are up before the sun trying to get the best spots for ourselves. Dusting off old gear and unwrapping the very latest in outdoor tech the hunter sallies forth into the dark with a trusty dog and shotgun hoping to get a limit before work. The pace of technology seems to speed along developments for getting limits but the old timers have some tricks up their sleeve that us younger guys would love to know.

Things like the right shotgun for example can make or break a day in the field or marsh. Sometimes we take the shotgun for granted, thinking that the newest shell flavor will do all the heavy lifting for us. This is not really the case, the shells will only pattern as good as the shotgun will allow. Watching Warren or Shaun shoot shotguns you forget just how hard it can be to get on target as ducks literally fall from the sky around them.

The old reliable Remington 870 in Warren’s hands is like a painter’s brush to canvas. Warren paints the skies and the ducks are the canvas, the shells are the medium and the end result is a masterpiece duck dinner. Trying to find Shaun on a blustery day like today is next to impossible. Cammoed out in the latest Sitka Gear Shaun blends in to his surroundings, calling so realistically you’d never know he was there if it weren’t for the bang and falling ducks.

What Shaun and Warren bring to the duck game has been wrought out of the mud and years of bad weather culminating in the unparalleled knowledge base as it stands today.Three generations of hunting ducks in the NW area pays dividends when grandpa, dad and daughter rise before the sun. I know I either want to be right next to them in the blind or on the other side of the unit. If I’m next to them I’ll cleanup, but if I’m over a blind or two it means I don’t get any ducks at all so then you had better be on the extreme end of the unit to win.

What the guys have casually forgotten is more than I’ll ever know. Thankfully I can catch up with them at The Gun Room Inc. and glean a few tricks. Do yourself a solid and stop in to see Warren or Shaun to get the best gear and guns for the game you are hunting. Tell em Mike sent ya!

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Oregon, 97206

(503)777-3931

Friday Night Flights

It had been about 9 years since I had shot a shotgun, and as luck would have it I had the opportunity to shoot with The Gun Room Inc. last Friday night at The Portland Gun Club. There are always a few butterflies when you don’t shoot for awhile but the guys from The Gun Room Inc. always make you feel comfortable and at ease no matter what your level.

I took my old Remington 1100 trap gun that is older than myself out of it’s gun sock and grabbed a box of shells. To my surprise I broke a few clays right away but then it started to break down. I attribute the first clays as luck, the ones I missed were bad form and bad technique. Warren noticed my shortcomings and promptly gave me an education and a dose of humility as he broke every clay from the waist without even trying.

I had to reset my my internal targeting computer so I grabbed a burger off the grill and watched the shooters on the firing line intently, paying attention to Warren’s words of wisdom to a new shooter. I was digesting more than my burger, I was looking inward at my technique and my attitude of know it all gun guy. Watching young girls under Warren’s tutelage breaking clay pigeons better than I started to hammer home the fact that military training only goes so far.

Thankfully Warren from The Gun Room Inc. found the time to give me a quick refresher and put me back on the firing line. To say my technique improved is an understatement, all the clays I shot at broke with the exception of one, I forgot to load the shotgun on that one!

Even after all these years with my Remington 1100, that I purchased  from The Gun Room Inc. some 20+ years ago, The Gun Room Inc. still supported me and my shortcomings. What other gun store does stuff like that? None! Certainly not any of the online guys selling cheap product to the sheeple.

The Gun Room Inc. didn’t pay me anything to put my two cents in, they just sold me a shotgun back in 1994 and said come shoot with them some one of the Friday nights they shoot. Even in 2017 that offer was still good and so was the skills I picked up. My only beef was that my know it all attitude got in the way of my shooting for so many years.

Give the fellas at The Gun Room Inc. a call and maybe you’ll find something you can’t live without, and if you’re luck you might even learn a thing or two.

The Gun Room Inc.

5537 SE Foster Rd.

Portland Or 97206

(503) 777-3931