Shooting Positions and the Shooting Budget

Shooting Positions and the Shooting Budget

Shooting Positions and the Shooting “Budget”
By Ryan Long
So you’ve dreamed of attending a long range shooting school with the aspirations of hitting the magic 1000-yard mark….with repeatable results. You conducted your research, vetted the instructors, saved your hard-earned money, arranged and taken vacation from work and are now at your school.

Mr. McVeigh2Most long range schools can get you to 1000 yards consistently. Most of these schools start that process from a prone shooting position. This is good and bad. Good due to the fact that it is a very stable position and bad because it sets you up for failure in most of the real-world hunting positions that you are going to have available to you. The Outdoor Solutions Long Range Shooting Schools start their 1000 yard engagements from a sitting position and teach you how to mitigate positional awareness from the beginning of the class, and this gets to the nuts and bolts of this article…..your shooting position “budget.”

Imagine that you are on a fixed budget…a shooting “budget.” The distance you’re shooting eats away at some of that budget The vital size of the critter your hunting eats away at another portion of that budget. The environmental conditions, shooter fitness and fatigue, and then the unexpected…call it the flash sale of the hunting world takes up the rest.

Most all of the time, in a shooting school static “square” range scenario, the budget comes out to an even amount. Let’s use $100 for this scenario. You have $100 worth of shooting budget to spend and the most targets presented at these schools cost roughly $100. In a real world hunting scenario, the cost to the hunter, which is presented by the environment, is most always in excess of that budget. So what do you do? You will always have to give up something in order to gain something in this world. You may have to put some stability of your shooting position back on the shelve in order to purchase a less expensive shooting position that is still within an acceptable accuracy window. In other words, you may have to get out a rock solid prone position and into a slightly less stable sitting position with sticks because your desired animals walks left out of the field, instead of your expected right departure. IMG 9512

Being able to be fluid in the hunting environment means the difference between taking that trophy home and watching it walk away because you weren’t able to flex that shooting “budget”. This is where the Outdoor Solutions Long Range Schools stands out amongst the rest. The second day on the range will force you to take into account your shooters “budget” and make adjustments accordingly. They will force you into situations where you may feel like you are rock steady and prepared for your shot and then your target choice will be taken away and you will be forced to engage a different target from the same position in the next 10 seconds.

For a hunter, learning to flex that “budget” and knowing how to be fluid in the hunting environment is a skill that will set you up for success in your next adventure. Let the Outdoor Solutions Team show you how.

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We Do It All For You

We Do It All For You

We Do It All For You

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Sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s true. When it comes to adding new outfitters to the Outdoor Solutions line up, we do it for you, the client, to ensure that you are getting the experience you are expecting. We admit our inspection trips and checking out new destinations is the fun part of our job but we take it seriously and believe it has been the key to our success. Here is a brief summary of what our inspections entail.

Identify Your Needs

One of the things the Outdoor Solutions team does NOT do, is add additional outfitters just to add them. We add our new outfitters as the demand from you, our customer, dictates. We take a different approach from other booking services and intentionally keep our database of outfitters manageable and personable. By not adding hundreds and hundreds of outfitters that we know very little about, we are able to maintain a personal relationship with all of our outfitters, instead of just a list of places to send clients. These personal relationships benefit everyone. We know exactly who we are sending our clients to, and our outfitters know they can expect a well prepared client and the client has no surprises during or after the trip.

How We Find Our Outfitters

We do not just find outfitters at a trade show and then start sending our clients there; that would pretty much defeat the purpose of our service. With that being said, we have found some of our best outfitters at tradeshows. In fact, some of them have been with us for nearly 15 years. We have found outfitters online via forums and websites, outdoor publications and even from our current outfitters. By far, the majority of our outfitters come to us by way of referral or a high recommendation from industry friends or even clients that have hunted with a specific outfitter.

What We Look For

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo matter how we find our outfitters our process is always the same. As previously mentioned there has to be a need or a demand from you, our client. Next, either in person (generally a trade show) or over the phone we have general questions we ask, review their website if they have one and determine if an onsite visit is warranted. We then set a date to visit their property and hunt/fish for an in-season species they offer. Yea, this is the fun part, and it’s hard to get people to understand that it is still work. It just happens to be work that we love!
Our main goal of the inspection trips is to make sure the outfitter is exactly what they say they are. If they market themselves as a five-star facility, we want to make sure that it is PheasantBonanza MAIN PHOTOtruly a five-star experience for our clients. If it’s a backcountry, pack-in hunt, we look for condition of gear, guides’ knowledge of the area, quality and quantity of game for the area, toughness of terrain, quality of food, and much more. We want to experience everything you would experience so we can not only pass it along to you, but help determine if that specific outfitter is even a good fit for you.

 

What This Means For You

These inspection trips along with our consultation with our clients give us the ability to customize our recommendations for you. We feel the inspections are just one of the things that set Outdoor Solutions apart from other services. We pride ourselves on our customer service, which is apparent by the number of clients that rebook year after year with our team. We don’t just sell you a hunt and then leave you to fend for yourself; in fact our service is quite the opposite. Our other services that clients have mentioned they really appreciate include…

• Help with proper licenses and tags
• Driving directions and contact information for the outfitter you are hunting with.
• Arrangements for airport pick up at your outfitters destination (If offered by outfitter)
• Detailed “What to expect” sheet that will offer a day-by-day overview of what to expect on your trip, including average temperatures for the time of year you are hunting/fishing, how to get there, detailed gear list with proven gear from our partners that we personally use ourselves in the field (Most of the time at discounted rates) and even sample menus of what will be prepared while in camp. A phone call seven to 10 days prior to your trip to make sure you have everything you need and answer any last-minute questions you might have.• Follow-up phone call and email after every trip to hear all the details and hopefully about the one that did not get away. We want to hear your feedback about what you liked and if anything could have been better.

What Our Outfitters Say About Us

“I have been working with the Team at Outdoor solutions for many years now and have enjoyed a very effective and professional relationship. Always prompt with replies and ” Solutions” should any arise , they have saved me countless days, if not weeks, during the year booking hunters and covering correspondence with clientele in my absence, which is a lot due to other activities and obligations. Being in the outfitting business over 40 years teaches you a lot about people. The people at Outdoor Solutions are some of the best and I would recommend their services to everyone – hunters and outfitters alike!”
Colorado Buck ~ New Mexico

“We just can’t say enough good about our partners at Outdoor Solutions. It’s not everyday you become really good friends with a customer or vendor, but that is what happened with TCO and Deborah, Greg, and Lindsey. This has only been possible because the three of them are the most trustworthy, honest and genuine people you will ever meet. They do what the say they will do and follow up with all customers each and every hunt. There is no detail missing. We have been working with Greg and his team for the last six-plus years and I can honestly say we have never had an issue. I have been associated with other “booking agents” in the past and one of the key factors with OSC, is that they will stand behind and support their outfitters.
Charles Coker~ Texas

What Our Clients Say About Us

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Outdoor Solutions Adds Zeiss As Partner For Long Range Shooting Schools

Outdoor Solutions Adds Zeiss As Partner For Long Range Shooting Schools

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Outdoor Solutions Adds ZEISS as Partner for Long-Range Shooting Schools

TULSA, Okla. (November XX, 2018) – ZEISS is the latest industry partner to join Outdoor Solutions Long-Range Shooting Schools. The partnership entails providing each long-range shooting student with the latest innovative ZEISS products, including riflescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes, during Outdoor Solutions Long-Range Schools in Texas and Utah.

“ZEISS is known for their quality optics and have helped shooters and hunters stay on target for decades,” said Outdoor Solutions Founder Greg Ray. “Our long-range shooting schools require the best equipment across the board for optics and ZEISS delivers in every aspect. We welcome ZEISS and look forward to featuring their products in our classes.”

Headquartered in Germany, ZEISS has produced high-quality optics for hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 160 years. As an industry leader in optics design and manufacturing, ZEISS consistently develops new cutting-edge technologies with precision engineering to produce the best optics in the market. From entry-level binoculars to robust spotting scopes, ZEISS offers products to fit the needs of every outdoorsman and woman.

“We are excited that Greg and his team at Outdoor Solutions Corp. have chosen to use ZEISS optics at their shooting schools and during their hunts,” stated Tom Andrews, vice president of Sports Optics at Carl Zeiss SBE, LLC. “It is great to see that these professionals are realizing the performance of the new products from ZEISS. Greg and his team are able to clearly demonstrate just how accurate, repeatable, and dependable the gear is in the field. This endorsement from Outdoor Solutions represents a great brand, product and partnership alignment.”

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Outdoor Solutions provides expert instruction at long-range shooting schools in Texas and Utah and has has trained hundreds of shooters and hunters to extend their effective shooting ranges. Outdoor Solutions also provides outdoor enthusiasts access to hundreds of pre-vetted hunting and fishing destinations around the world. The Outdoor Solutions staff has successfully planned thousands of hunting excursions, fishing trips and corporate retreats.

For more information about Outdoor Solutions and their services, go online to www.outdoorsolutionscorp.com.

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Shoot Long Distances to Become a More Successful Hunter

Shoot Long Distances to Become a More Successful Hunter

Outdoor Solutions client takes trophy mule deer in Utah

As rifle season looms around the corner, hunters filter to their local ranges or fields to zero rifles and put in some trigger time. For those hunting timber stands, sub 100-yards shots are the norm and are easily achieved after minimal practice, but hunters who stalk the open plains and back country hills may find themselves stretched to their limits when a long shot presents itself. With many hunters rarely ringing steel past 200 yards, expert instruction from a long-range shooting school will give them the knowledge, tools and confidence to not only reach out to longer distances, but also improve their accuracy on shorter shots.

Long-Range School Training


Recently, Scott Vaughn participated in Outdoor Solutions’ long-range shooting school in Texas and followed it with a successful mule deer hunt in Utah. Originally from Florida, Vaughn works and resides in Nicaragua. Vaughn learned the basics of shooting and safety at an early age and routinely competes on a 25-meter pistol shooting team with an occasional stint in rifle competitions. When Vaughn found the opportunity to sharpen his shooting skills for target shooting and hunting, he jumped at the chance.

“It just appealed to me the thought of learning how to shoot out to 1,000 yards,” said Vaughn. “It’s unique. Not a lot of people can say they hit targets at that distance. It was more of a personal deal.”

During the two-day school, Vaughn learned of all the variables involved in longer shots and how best to interpret and compensate for these variables during shooting out to long distances.

“The instructors are all expert trainers and presented the information is a way I could easily understand,” said Vaughn. “After the first half of day one, I was hitting the target at 1,000 yards.”

The Right Tools for the Job

Through its partnerships with Weatherby and ZEISS optics, Outdoor Solutions put together a rifle/optic combo best suited for the shooting class and the upcoming mule deer hunt. Vaughn shot a Weatherby Mark V Terramark RC, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and topped with a ZEISS Conquest V4 6-24x50 riflescope, both rather affordable options for long-range shooting.   

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“As far as an off-the-shelf gun, it was high end but not custom made,” said Vaughn. “The combo with Zeiss worked well. Once you go to the school, you figure out that you don’t need a $4,000 scope to hit 1,000 yards. The setup worked perfectly and the caliber was great because it doesn’t kick much but still takes game.”

Vaughn came out of the long-range shooting school with a newfound confidence in his abilities as a shooter and in his equipment.

“It’s not that you will be shooting deer at 750 yards all the time, but when you have a 350-yard shot, you feel comfortable taking it,” said Vaughn. “Before the school, 300 yards was a long shot for me.”

 

Applying Long-Distance Skills in the Field

With limited time in the U.S., Vaughn relied on Outdoor Solutions extensive experience in helping find the right outfitter for the hunter to test his new shooting skills. Previous Outdoor Solutions’ clients experienced great success at an outfitter based in Utah and the staff made their recommendation to Vaughn.  

“I didn’t have time to go and stake out a hunting area,” said Vaughn. “I could go to Florida and hunt for free, but it would take three weeks and I still would have to get lucky. Knowing this place had a high success rate helped me make the decision to go as well.”

At the conclusion of the long range shooting school, Vaughn boarded a plane for Salt Lake City where the outfitter picked him up and drove the one-hour trip to the lodge.

“There were 18 total at the lodge during this hunt,” said Vaughn. “We had a dinner together where they paired us up with our individual guides and started out early the next morning. As amazing as it sounds, there were 18 people and the only time we saw each other was at the lodge because we all were hunting such huge amounts of property. I never saw another hunter while in the field.”

After an early morning start, Vaughn and his guide rode in a side-by-side on the lookout for muleys. The duo dismounted and took to foot to climb for a better vantage point.

“We found a few that the guide liked in the morning across the mountain, but they got lost in the woods,” said Vaughn. “We headed back to have lunch and returned to the spot and found a good buck. We backed away and wrapped around and went where we thought we would see them. We saw the buck from earlier and a better buck was there too at 165 yards.”

Vaughn steadied his rifle and pulled the trigger, dropping the buck where it stood. Although the shot was relatively short for a Western hunt, Vaughn cites the training he received as key to making the precise shot under pressure. IMG 8997

“I kind of lucked into a short shot, but if the deer had been on the other side of the mountain, he would have been at 550 yards,” said Vaughn. “I still would have felt comfortable taking the shot. Of course, if you get a short shot, you take it. The training just gives you a lot of confidence.”

Vaughn returned home to Nicaragua with a fresh skill set, newfound confidence in his shooting and the memories of a fruitful hunt. The hunter has a bit of advice for those who believe their shooting skills are enough to get by.  

“I took my cousin along and he has hunted his entire life,” said Vaughn. “His mindset was ‘who is going to teach me how to shoot, I have been shooting my whole life.’ But, even though my cousin knows how to shoot, these guys know how to shoot long distances. Just knowing how to shoot long distances really gives you a lot more confidence shooting at short ranges. It changes your outlook on what’s a safe shot or not.”

Vaughn chose to rely on Outdoor Solutions’ experience and relationships with the most successful outfitters in the U.S. to book his hunt. This not only saved him valuable time, but also gave him confidence knowing he would be hunting with the best.

“I think it’s important because of the trust factor,” said Vaughn. “If I got on the Internet and looked up where to hunt out West and tried to do it on my own, it’s luck of the draw. It just gives me confidence that if Outdoor Solutions set it up, it would be a good hunt with a good guide. I had a great time and took a good mule deer. Without their help and guidance, who knows what would have happened.”

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Long Range Shooting Variables

Long Range Shooting Variables

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During long-range shooting, many external variables can affect a bullet’s flight path from barrel to target. Understanding these outside forces and compensating for them will greatly increase accuracy, even at extended ranges. Outdoor Solutions long range shooting schools looks at some of these variables and how each will affect shots at short or long distances.

Gravity

Gravity has a profound effect on a bullet’s path. As soon as a bullet leaves the barrel, gravity pulls it toward the Earth. Gravity, combined with drag slowing the bullet, will cause the bullet to travel in a parabolic trajectory with the amount of flight time determining the rate of drop. Bullets that spend less time in the air are affected less by gravity. While this can sound complicated, gravity is constant and predictable so it is one of the easiest variables to account for when shooting, even while toggling between different distances.

Wind

The extent of the effect wind will have on a bullet will be determined by wind speed, wind direction and the ballistic coefficient of the bullet. Wind can be broken down into essentially four different types. A headwind blows from the target to the shooter with a tailwind blowing the opposite way. Crosswinds come from either the left or right and at many times will blow at an angle (oblique or quartering wind). Vertical wind will also need to be accounted for, especially when hunting in the mountains or hills.

Drag and Ballistic Coefficient

When a bullet exits the barrel, it is immediately met with air resistance called drag. This will continually slow the bullet throughout its flight. Drag’s effect on a bullet is measured as its ballistic coefficient (BC) – a projectile’s ability to resist drag. In layman’s terms, the higher the BC, the more efficient the bullet flies through the air. And, bullets with a higher BC will fly further and with less wind drift, giving some forgiveness on estimating wind on long shots.

Atmospheric Conditions

Although atmospheric conditions do not affect a bullet’s path as much as gravity and wind, these mitigating factors still need to be accounted for when shooting long distances. Air pressure, air temperature and, to a lesser extent, humidity will all affect a bullet’s airborne path. Whether due to elevation or weather patterns, increased air pressure results in denser air. If the air pressure rises, so does the air density. Dense air will slow a bullet more than thin air. This extends the flight time, which exaggerates the effects of variables.

Air temperature and air density have an inverse relationship. When the air temperature goes up, air density decreases. While lower air pressures will generally accompany elevation gains, air temperatures typically lower the higher you go in elevation. At times, these two factors will cancel each other. Air temperature also affects powder burn rates. Cool and warm powders will produce differing muzzle velocities, which will in turn change the point of impact downrange.

Bullets will fly more easily through humid air because it is less dense. These three conditions can be put together to produce a density altitude – a figure to input into a ballistics calculator.

Shooter Error

All the above variables can be identified, measured and accounted for during a shot. If small groups still elude you, the problem is most likely shooter error. Many of these shooting “mistakes” are subtle and difficult for a shooter to recognize without the help of an instructor. An improperly-mounted optic, rifle cant, inconsistent trigger pull, inconsistent barrel resting, uneven shoulder press and inappropriate ammo are common mistakes that can easily throw shots wide of the target.

One way to mitigate these mistakes is to seek training from expert trainers. Outdoor Solutions’ long range shooting schools teach proper shooting techniques and how to identify and compensate for external variables. After a two-day class with Outdoor Solutions, shooters and hunters will fully understand these variables and leave with greatly improved skills, techniques and the confidence to put shots on target.

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