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Behind The Break

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Sporting Clays Podcast with Host Justin Barker. We interview some of the best shotgun shooters, instructors and coaches in the world, review products and talk about past and upcoming events. We have a new guest every week!
32 Episodes
Episode #26 - Will Fennell
Will was raised in a hunting/shooting family. He had a rifle or shotgun in his hands as a constant companion starting at age 5. His father joked that it cost him more dollars in ammunition to get Will to college, than it cost to send him away for 4 years of  school. But it was at Wofford College that he started his competitive shooting career on the school’s rifle team. Smallbore rifle introduced Will to the mental discipline that it takes to compete in the shooting world. After college, he shot in the practical handgun disciplines of USPSA and later IDPA around the country. In the early 1990’s, Will became involved in the Sportsman’s Team Challenge series of events, which involved shooting rifles, handguns, and shotguns. The shotgun events were clay target events, so they started shooting sporting clays to practice. In sporting clays, Will found his competitive home. Will’s first NSCA registered event was at Hermitage Farms Sporting Clays in Camden, SC, in 1995. Since then, he has shot over 100,000 registered targets with the NSCA here in the USA, and many thousands in Europe. Overseas, Will has competed in Australia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the UK.  When Will started shooting clays, a friend gave him a 3 hour lesson with Dan Carlisle as a birthday present. Dan and Will hit it off and became friends. Dan shaped Will’s technique, and influenced his views on the shotgun world. Dan immediately starting using Will as an assistant instructor for large groups, and he was soon giving private lessons, to help pay for his competitive ‘habit’. In 2004, Will left his job in the corporate world, and started teaching sporting clays full time. While teaching all types of shotgun shooting, competitive sporting clays and FITASC, are a specialty. Will and his wife Elizabeth have begun developing the Fennell Shooting School as a premier Sporting Clays and Wingshooting facility at Blue Branch Farm in Sharon, SC. With 2 separate teaching fields, with many wirelessly controlled traps, towers, pattern plate, and full gun fitting facilities, FSS can help you take your shooting to the next level and beyond.

Episode #26 - Will Fennell


Episode #22 - Kevin DeMichiel
I grew up in Macon, Georgia where hunting and fishing has always been a way of life. I was introduced to shooting sports by my father at a very young age. He taught me about ethics and gun safety as we chased quail and dove in South Georgia. My love for the outdoors grew as I learned to enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer. My father inspired me to love everything about outdoor sports – the sport itself, the challenge it involved, and the fellowship with fellow hunters. After losing him in April of 2009, my goal is to be and advocate for the outdoors and pass the tradition on to younger generations.  My father’s love for the outdoors sparked my interest in shooting sporting clays. It doesn’t have seasons and the targets are always there.  In 1997, a friend took me to a local skeet range for the first time. I shot a 23, 24, and 25 straight his first three rounds. My friend thought I might have a knack for the sport, and needless to say, I was hooked. In 1998, I joined the NSCA shooting 400-500 registered targets. In 2003, I started shooting again in Hunter’s Class. I won the Quail Unlimited in Savannah, Georgia, where they awarded me an NSCA membership. I was placed in A Class after my first 300 targets. In 2004, I won the National Wild Turkey Federation shoot in A Class punching in to AA. In 2005, I won the National Wild Turkey Federation shoot punching into Master.  In 2006, I had a major reality check, and he learned that if you want to compete at the Master Class level you have to take it seriously, practice often, and learn from your mistakes. Never having taken formal shooting lessons, I resolved to take this sport as trial and error. If you miss, try something different. If you break it, remember what you did. I try to keep it as simple as possible. When you are not smiling, remember you’re supposed to be having a good time. Several years ago, I made the switch from a Beretta automatic to a Krieghoff K-80 Pro Sporter. The transition was pretty easy because my Beretta shotguns were set up with high ribs. The K-80 also has a high rib which I think helps you see the target clearer. Three weeks before the 2009 Tennessee State Championship is when I got the new gun. I shot about 500 rounds through the gun before the tournament. I shot a 99 in the preIim.  I think two chokes makes a world of difference. I shoot Pure Gold chokes, and they are as good as any chokes I have ever shot. I practice and shoot Wednesday afternoons at my local gun club. They have a 50-target tournament each week called “Skeet and Eat.” It is a great time getting together with friends shooting and eating steak. I also shoot every Saturday and Sunday whether it is at a tournament or practice rounds. Keeping a gun in your hand as much as possible and being familiar with that firearm is one of the keys to success in shooting sporting clays. You have to have the desire and perseverance to want to win at a higher level. I am very fortunate to have a loving wife who understands my passion for the sport and supports me every step of the way. She doesn’t get to travel with me to every tournament because she is at home with our daughter Kade. When I win big tournaments, they make signs and post them in the front yard to show me support. Hopefully, my little girl will also love the outdoors. She just recently took her first fishing trip and caught her first fish. I can tell she is going to love outdoor sports!
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