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I am new to the game of skeet.

I live in Naples Florida and the closest club is the Port of the Islands Gun Club.

I would love to get in some practice but I don't know others who shoot skeet.

I would practice diligently, but I can't operate the trap houses by myself.

Is anyone on this board from the Naples area?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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go north to sarasota gun club. they will be glad to help you.
 

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I have the same question for the Dallas Texas area. I go to Elm Fork. Using the delayed pull is clumsy at best. Are there places that pair you with other singles, like in golf?
 

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normally ranges are crowded enough to where you join in with others. when its quiet, you miss out.
i always go with someone to pull.
 

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I use the Clay Delay system and don't find it to be clumsy at all. Rattler - I shoot at the Terrell Rifle and Pistol Club - contact anytime you want to come over this way and shoot a few rounds as my guest.
 

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I also purchased a clay delay. I had to get two differed cords (one for 110 and one for the battery a/c connection) for sporting clays. I love the peace and learning I get from shooting by myself on occasion.
 

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Sarasota is quite a drive from Naples. just go to the clubhouse and see if anyone needs another shooter to make a squad, introduce yourself, make new friends and have some fun.

Then, go try the sporting clays course they have there
 

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You should have no problem, shooters are generally a very friendly bunch and will welcome you.
 

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I agree with RKB, shooters in general welcome other shooters into a squad.

There are a couple of caveats, some times families want to shoot as a family unit without outsiders that inhibit family interaction, couples that want the same.
Then we have the dysfunctional or "strange" groups. A couple of years back I ran into the "AFLAC" crowd, they were all dressed alike with All-American wholesome looks, and trooped into the five stand while I was shooting solo. I asked if I could shoot with them and they gave the affirmative, I set up another 25 clays for myself and invited them to do the same. The answer I got "We will pull for you but want to shoot by ourselves.", "You just told me you would shoot with me and now your not?". "We don't like your language". That's rich, I can out-curse most but don't in social situations as this one. I had never used any foul language in front of these ass-clowns. I hadn't had the chance. I told them "You don't understand, I don't want to shoot by myself!". "We don't want to shoot with you." was the reply. I cased my gun, walked out and my last word to them, "Jerks!". A hearty "f-you" was their parting reply.
I never did like the AFLAC cult even way before this occurred.
I learned a lot from that one encounter. Closely observe the group your thinking about squading up with, engage them in conversation for several minutes to determine their skill set and attitude before making a decision to squad-up. Allow the group to setup their clays first before doing the same.

If you have a poor experience, learn from it and don't repeat the mistake again.
Put it behind you and move forward.

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and old gray haired buddy of mine and i use to to sit on the picnic table under some trees and sized up shooters before we'd go out with them, at a AG&F range.
the range in ark was really low key and anything goes because the staff could care less and was way out of site of the RSO.
so we'd go down and just make sure shooters didnt kill themselves. when we saw those guys that loaded 5 rounds in their hd guns while on the bench....we'd just nod out and make bets as to what theyd do next.
we'd laugh at them the whole time they went around....well, at least to station 4 before they started looking in their pouches and realized they were out of ammo.

they couldnt hear us, but we were crying sometimes it was so funny.
as soon as they left...we'd go shoot a game, and sit out the next squad of goons.

going to that range was more fun sitting and drinking sodas in the shade watching shotgun ninjas, then actual shooting.
 

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Those types can get a little scary. We see a lot of them at Wright-Patt about a month before bird season starts. Usually I wonder if they ever hit a live bird.
 
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