Back from my 11th SHOT show and it was as always five exhausting days. It is still amazing how many companies are dedicated to the outdoors and shooting in general. All the usual big companies were on display as well as so many smaller ones. It was good to see all my connections and friends. It was especially nice to see Louise and Irlene Mandrell again. They are very special ladies and good friends. Stayed at the Planet hollywood with associate from the office John Imboden, Advertising manager for Trap and ClayshootingUSA magazines. The hotel was better than others in previous years so no complaints, with the exception of the noise level even at breakfast. Weather was unusually cold especially Monday for Media Day at the range. Was somewhere around twenty degrees plus wind chill so no one was comfortable and most left earlier than past years. Spent a lot of the time looking for new products to write about and that was difficult as there just weren't many at all. Took about 300 photos many of which will be sent to our publisher along with the story.
Effective with the March issue I will now have a column in a the Western Shooting Journal available on newstands and by subscription. My first column will be about the resurrection or the National Bird Dog Challenge events which will take place in Snohomish WA in May. Afetr that the subjects will be centered around shotgun sports in general.
I leave next week to head to Salt Lake City to do a story on Butler Arms followed by my trip to Houston and then to Tucson for the Spring Grand at Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.
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