Birdhunter Battle of the Sexes

The gentle ribbing which started in the North Woods over Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock shooting in October extended through the ensuing months with Britney Starr. The taunting spilled over into 2013 and so we decided it’s time to put up or shut up.

This week at SHOT show we will be putting the feud to rest with a mid-week round of sporting clays. The kicker is we’ll be shooting guns that neither one of us has ever fired at a course we’ve never seen. There will be no custom fitted firearms, no home field advantage, no familiarity for use as a crutch.

Franchi has been generous enough to lend us two break action Instincts to help settle the dispute: the Instinct SL in 20 gauge and the color case hardened Instinct L in 12 gauge.

An initial coin flip will determine choice of shotgun or shooting order. Halfway through the round we will alternate guns since I shoot 20s during the season and Brit shoots 12s. At one station of the opponent’s choosing the shooter will be required to shoot opposite handed. Trash talking, interruptions and distractions are all highly encouraged. Whoever breaks the most clays wins.

The victor will award 100 rounds of newly released Winchester TrAAcker shells to a randomly selected female member of Ultimate Upland (if Britney wins) or a male member of Women’s Outdoor News (if I win). Be sure to sign up for the WON’s weekly newsletter or Ultimate Upland Lodge for a chance to be selected. And every day for a month the loser must tweet “(Winner’s name here) is my Birdhunting Hero”.

Stay tuned for pictures, videos and scores being shared in real-time from the course. And I’m sure the chatter will continue all week at SHOT since Britney just can’t help herself.


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  • “Go Brian….go Brian!! I can’t wait. I think I’ll call in sick just to talk to Brit that day. You can send the shotgun shells and Franchi to my house seeing as you started all this smack talk there!!! Good luck…..and my the best man win. Seriously, Brian, do you ever think I’ll hear the end of it if she wins? And yes, I realize they are not really giving the guns away.

    • I think Brit started this, I’m just gonna have to finish it. Although she did try shooting right hand today at the range and actually started breaking clays, so I think we’ve figured out her problem. You never know, Franchi might be so impressed with Brit’s shooting that they give her a full arsenal. Wait until she tells you about the trick shot I made today on a clay that was easily 60 yards……. she’s nervous now.

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