I Definitely do. My Father instructed me well on all 8 Stations of the Skeet Field starting at Age 11. In addition to Shooting at least 2 Rounds of 25 Clay Pigeons on the Weekends starting at age 11,my 1st Job was as a " Puller".
For some here who don't know-- the " Puller" is in Charge of the Cord + Control Buttons. 3 of them-- H= High House, L= Low House, + D= Doubles. You push the D Button and both the High House + the Low House have Clay Pigeons coming out at the same time.
Some of the Very Best Skeet Shooters in New York State would often come to the Skeet Fields at the Monroe- Chester Sportsman's Club on the Weekends and, I got to Observe Closely the different Styles of these Great Skeet Shooters.
And Tardy or early Pulling was Frowned upon by these Shooters. My Father told me early on-- Don't take any Crap from these Guys.
Now everyone had their own " command" when it came for calling for the Puller to hit the Button. I heard everything- YIP, HOOO, HA, HEY, AHHH, PULL IT ,PULL, NOW, COUGHING,ETC,.
That's Right - a number of guys would " Cough" when they were ready to shoot at one of the 8 Skeet Range Stations.
So it took me 4 1/2 years to Finally shoot my 1st 25 Straight in Skeet at age 14 1/2. That was the year, I won my 1st Skeet Shooting Trophy in the Junior Division. Only 2 Kids competed and we both shot 48 out of 50 Clay Pigeons. I won the Shootoff. I WAS SO HAPPY THAT DAY!
SO, I Pulled from age 11 to age 16. Both a Fun + a Rough Job as , I had to be there on the Weekends from 9am to 5pm. Very few Breaks during the Long Day as , I had to Load both the High + the Low House after every round. I actually had to Run to each House as a new group of 5 Skeet Shooters would be waiting on me at Station # 1. And the Dumbest thing, I saw over + over was grown men walking in front of the Low House Window looking for their Spent Shells from Station # 7. My Father made sure from the start that, I turned off both Skeet Machines and release that last Cocked Clay Pigeon before loading up the Chute with more Clay Pigeons.
So I shot regularly from age 11 to age 36 or so. Along the way there have been many 25 Straights,a bunch of 50 Straights, some 75 Straights, and 4 or 5 100 Straights in Skeet Shooting. I won just 1 Registered Skeet Shoot-- 12 Gauge Doubles on a Light rainy + Windy day. I was 34 then.
I can tell you as a Puller of 6 Years, I have seen Guys " Choke up" mostly at Station 1 - High House-- Station 2-High House-- Station 6- Low House-- Station 7 -Low House-- Station 8 - Low House.
That's right-- Station 7- Low House! The easiest Bird to hit. I have seen many Straights Blown right there.
Of course Station 8 - Low House had plenty of guys shaking some. And if you are going Straight- you will have to shoot Twice at that Station. I had to be right on that button if a Man was going Straight. No error would be tolerated and, I made few of those.
I remember a good friend of my Father's who tried for years to go Straight 25 in Skeet. He was on his 2nd Shot at Station # 8 and a Man prematurely started to enter the Skeet Field to talk to my Father who was behind me and also shooting that Round. I saw the Shooter cast a nervous Glance at this Guy walking on the Skeet Field. He Missed his last Target. Both my Father + the Shooter were Totally Pissed. And this Guy knew better too as he was a Very good shot and competed in Registered Skeet.
Today, I shoot pick up Skeet with a few friends and, I have posted Threads + pics of that. My Reflexes at 61 are still Sharp. I think that is due in part to the years of Pulling Skeet.
So who here owes their Wingshooting Ability to regular Skeet Shooting?