Unless Lars Jacob is running dogs, wetting a fly line or turkey hunting, everything he does revolves around shotgunning. Jacob has been teaching the finer art of wingshooting for over 30 years. He has run programs and gun rooms for the Dutch River Club, Covey & Nye and Orvis Company to name a few. Jacob is the founder and CEO of Lars Jacob Wingshooting, LLC and LJW Roving Syndicate. In addition to instruction, Jacob is recognized as one of the country’s finest gun fitters and recently worked with Perazzi’s Al Kondak to develop the Perazzi Ladies Sporter. He has a soft spot for side-by-sides and has introduced thousands of shooters to the nuances associated with shooting such shotguns. For more information visit www.larsjacobwingshooting.com.
How thrilling is it when we have a brand new woodcock covert to explore? Maybe you stumbled upon it during fishing season or while hunting mushrooms. Or maybe it is a covert you helped create with other volunteers with the same passion. From the acres of rich, moist soil grow trees, alders, hawthorns, birch and poplar. Every so often they are dotted by the occasional old bull pine. It’s a little slice of heaven.
The Holy Grail of shotguns can mean many things. The driven bird shooter desires a break action with long barrels like a clays gun but stocked like a game gun. Dove shooters love their nimble sub-gauge auto loaders especially with the three round capacity. And of course the waterfowler needs the recoil taming and durability of a synthetic stocked cannon. In the Northern region our early bird seasons include a unique bird, the American woodcock. With their “here today, gone tomorrow” migrations, this article will discuss finding the perfect woodcock gun.
There is that one gun in my safe that is my go-to gun. Don’t get me wrong, I have several guns that I love to shoot and shoot well, but that one gun I shoot the best. It comes up easier and smoother than the others and I never feel like I have to make a subconscious adjustment before I squeeze the trigger. My guess is you have that go-to gun as well. It is your go-to gun because it fits you best.