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ten avoided and shooting suffers. Shooters learn to ignore pain with varying success. Those overcoming the pain of practicing become the best shooters. Successful shooting is accomplished in our brain, and some shooters are better able to handle recoil than others. It certainly helps their shooting. Shooting, or playing, through the pain is not all it has been cracked up to be. It is about time firearms manufacturers are doing better at managing recoil. Most shotgun recoil pain is not the kind one feels from powerful magnum rifles, or even from shotgun slugs or 3½-inch, 12-gauge magnum shotshells. Recoil from the sources above is generally pretty much “up front;” it just flat-out whales you. Ever get bit by a mosquito? It’s not that bad. How about by a hundred mosquitoes in a row? That is much less fun, and far more difficult to put up with. It is especially difficult to concentrate on tasks (shooting) when those mosquitoes are devouring you. The same goes for long runs of shooting, as in sporting clays and other sorts of shooting games. Firing 50 to 200 12-gauge target rounds in a day is not unusual for shotgun aficionados. In many such situations we often miss a “bird,, or several, towards the end of those shooting sessions. Noticeable pain? Not so much. Is it enough pain to cause misses via flinching? Definitely. Flinching has finally been recognized at the highest levels among shooters and manufacturers, and as a result, serious efforts have finally been made to reduce recoil to solve, or at least reduce, the negative impacts of flinching. Early shotgun stocks were often poorly shaped and did not fit shooters well. Some shotgun stocks had too much drop and were crooked as a dog’s hind leg, causing poor
SLIP-ON recoil pads are available from Pachmayr,Kick-Eez and Limbsaver, for example, for installing over the butt-stocks that have no recoil pad.

shooting. They also kicked shooters like the proverbial Missouri mule. Over time those old, crooked stocked guns were straightened and shooting, not surprisingly, improved. Less surprising is that recoil was reduced, allowing shooters to focus on shooting rather than flinching. More importantly, serious shooters and the shooting industry itself finally recognized the relationship between recoil and shooting skill. Unfortunately the industry remained slow in advancing gun design and accessorizing firearms to defeat recoil. Accessorizing to reduce recoil can be very effective and moderately priced, considering the improvement and enjoyment it can bring to your shooting. Yet even today I’m amazed at how many shooters ignore accessorizing their shotguns to reduce recoil, because of how well it can ultimately improve their shooting. Recoil pads are a great example of manufacturers being slow to fix recoil problems. For decades recoil pads remained next to worthless. Today, though, we finally have very good recoil pads, made with modern materials that last as well as provide good, protective recoil relief. Pretty basic, actually, but relatively new. It is a shame, but the average shooter is generally unwilling to pay to obtain a significantly more effective recoil pad. Pachmayr Decelerator pads, Kick-Eez pads and Limbsaver pads are among the

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 12
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Smile Says It All
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - BB1
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