To paraphrase Mark
Twain, “The rumors of Desert Lake County Club’s death
have been greatly exaggerated.” For months, rumors have
circulated that things at DLCC were in disarray. Would
it stay open? Would it still hold NSCA-registered
events? Was this year’s Desert Lake Classic still on?
I’m happy to report the answer to all three questions is
a resounding "yes."
Located in Boulder City, Nevada,
Desert Lake is a welcome reprieve from the crowds,
bright lights and congestion of nearby Las Vegas. With
its desert terrain, arid valleys and dry washes, the
club is able to create some unique target presentations
not normally associated with sporting clays.
that everything ran smoothly at this year’s event
January 27-29, Dan Mitchell of Mitchell's Clay Target
Sports was hired as tournament director and main target
setter. For Mitchell, this was a homecoming of sorts --
he was the tournament director four years ago at the
first Desert Lake Classic.
Utilizing DLCC’s varied
terrain, Mitchell, Brooks Robison and Wally Richardson
were able to set up two challenging courses for the main
event. In addition, they set up a 100-bird preliminary,
a 100-bird 5-stand and three 50-bird sub-gauge events.
Does It Take To Win?
It is not
enough to want to win. It is not enough to prepare to
win. To win, you must act, execute decisively, with
utter conviction, believing that if anyone can break
this target, it is you.
In The Air
Which bird of a
pair you take first—and when and where in its flight
path—can make a huge difference in how easy the second
bird is to break. Sounds simple, but the devil’s in the
Slam Turkey Quest
gobbler deep in Sonora, Mexico, completed the author’s
decades-long quest to collect all six species of North
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