HR Kwick Draw McGraw SH
Definitive Casting Drill #1
June 30, 2010
The pile is identified as part of the drill. Each drill is run in a different area.
The "routine" consists of picking up the first mark, being stopped and cast to the
pile "off" the next mark followed by the "delayed" retrieve of that mark.
note: Gunny did this drill two days in a row.....day one - five casts, day two - four.
Definitive Casting Drill #2 July 1, 2010
There is only one cast - at 50 yards......a 40 yard over.
note: Gunny ran this drill three times
note: marks are mallards
Definitive Casting Drill #3 July 5, 2010
This single cast is on the same side as the direction of the mark (more suction than #2).
note: Gunny ran this drill twice.
Definitive Casting Drill #4 July 8, 2010
There is only one cast - at 50 yards....an angle back of 60+ yards past the "gunners".
note: Gunny has run this drill three times (two casts 2nd & 3rd).
note: If it says only one cast........that's the final goal (plus style).
Definitive Casting Drill #4 (4th time - different area) July 11, 2010
note: this cast was a slight angle back started at 60 yards out (transition to #4a)
note: decided to use different area because of holes created by burrowing crayfish
Definitive Casting Drill
July 14, 2010
note: stopped close to the AOF & cast diagonally past gunner station
note: the semi-hidden marker cone is not visible to the dog
note: view out near the "action"
Definitive Casting Drill #5 July 21, 2010
note: Gunny could smell and see the mallard mark. Two more
casts after the first off the mark had him safely to the pile.
The initial stop on this sequence was about 40 yards out.
He really wanted the mallard.
note: It has been a week since last running any Definitive Casting.
On June 22nd, Gunny repeated this drill with the casting point at 60 yards.
This set of drills began over three weeks ago. He has not run it every day.
Integrating the drill into the total training regime maintains balance.
Gunny is being given ample time to assimilate the skill.
The total concept of this set of drills is beginning to take shape. Gunny
knows the routine. When released to go for the second mark today, he did
not go "wide open". His body language was "this is the one where I will be
stopped and cast off the duck". He took a perfect cast after the whistle sit
at 60 yards..............right to the pile. However, just as he appeared ready to
fetch a bumper, he turned toward the mallard mark. It was as if he were
thinking "let's see if he means it". A quick whistle and "No!' stopped him
and he turned around and calmly picked up a bumper.
It was an "Ok, I just thought I'd give it a try" type of action. After the bumper
was delivered, Gunny "fogged" to the delayed mallard mark as fast as I've
ever seen him go to a mark.
It was kind of refreshing and exhilarating to observe what was going
through his mind. He's learned to be patient with the order of retrieves,
"eventually it's mine" is the perfect description of the expectation taught
by this set of drills. Learning has been fun for Gunny, and his attitude is
developing a healthy character to it.
After about two more runs of Definitive Casting Drill #5a with the stopping
point progressively closer to the AOF, Gunny will be ready for the last step.
note: So far, this drill has been moved to provide seven different "looks".
update: July 30th....recent heavy rains have
totally flooded this training
Source *Evan Graham's Definitive Casting Drills