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.
“It was a very good season! Well except that time when the guide’s dog was busting birds 50 yards out. And the outfitter who kept boasting about wild birds, but we had to kick them to make them fly. Oh, and the time I was paired up with someone I didn’t know, and when he swung on a bird I had to hit the deck. Sound familiar? Any time we can go out and enjoy the pleasures of wingshooting it will be a good season, but to have a “great” season you need to start doing your homework now.
As we approach the year-end of bird-hunting season it’s common to reflect back and remember the dog work and great shots we made. We also start thinking about the misses that make you wonder “How?” This is usually followed by a promise made to be a better shot in 2019. Follow these four very important tips that will help you keep your promise.
With bird season in full stride, my customers are coming by to tell me how delighted they are with the new coverts they had discovered during preseason scouting and how much fun it is carrying their new (new to them) little vintage, subgauge shotgun. When I ask how the new puppy is doing in the field, the typical answer is, “fantastic! I only wish my shooting was just as good.” As a wingshooting coach, and always one for job security, I suggest I could help. The common response is "oh I know what I'm doing wrong. I'm peeking. I just have to make myself stop peeking."
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.