shotgun shooting and had the drive required to be successful,” he says. “I needn’t have worried; she’s just as competitive as I am, and we are constantly pushing each other to be better shooters. She even beats me every once in a while.” As with Bailey, Loudenslager has a long list of shotgunning competition wins under her belt. Suffice to say she is a fourtime All-American FITASC Team member and three-time AllAmerican Sporting Clay Team member. Loudenslager and Bailey both shoot 12-gauge, double-barrel, over-and-under, Italianmade Zoli shotguns. It’s been said that amateurs in any sport practice until they get it right, whereas professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. Bailey and Loudenslager have adopted that intense approach to their shooting practice. When preparing for an upcoming competition, they force themselves to break five targets in a row — either singles or doubles — before moving on to the next shooting station. Also, they must break them in the same place every time along the target’s flight path. “We do that to build consistency,” Bailey says. “At times, we may shoot several cases of shells per day to accomplish it.” Once they’re satisfied, they then practice breaking targets in different locations along the target’s flight path, because during competition, they may or may not be able to break a target where they want. “For instance, on certain shooting ranges, a tree or other obstacle may be in the way, or the sun may be in our eyes. We try to practice for every conceivable target contingency,” Loudenslager says. Eagle’s Nest Sporting Grounds is semi-private, meaning that the club has regular members — about 100 and growing — but is also open to nonmembers, on a limited basis. “Nonmembers may shoot up to three times per year, and don’t need to be accompanied by a member,” Bailey says. “All shotgun shooters are welcome, and we have targets for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced competitor.” Eagle’s Nest Sporting Grounds is open year-round, seven days a week, from dawn to dusk for members; nonmembers may shoot five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, go online to www.eaglesnestsportinggrounds.com or call 330-275-0083. W.H. “Chip” Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor.
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