Jon Porter a Truck Driver for Clean Harbors Environmental Services has raised
three great children and has been happily married for over 28 years. Jon tried
to golf once and found that shooting clay targets was a lot more fun. While not
shooting clays Jon also likes to bowl during the week and also hunts and
occasionally picks up a handgun for a change of pace.
Jon's first experience shooting sporting clays was at Deer Creek Hunt Club.
After seeing the billboard on the highway he had to stop to find out what this
was all about. The club manager took him out with a rental shotgun and a few
boxes of shells. Like most of us Jon was hooked. The club manager, seeing the familiar look in
Jon's eyes, didn't charge him a dime knowing that he had hooked another one.
Within 3 years of those first few shots Jon achieved Master Class and has since
shot over 56,000 registered targets.
Jon's favorite part of this sport is all the great people he has meet and the
great friends made along his sporting journey. A fond memory is borrowing a pump
gun and winning the 2004 IL State Pump Gun Championship the first time out.
Other notable achievements include the IL State Team for 3 years, 2007 IL FITASC
RU & 5 Stand Champion and the 2008 North Zone Master Class Champion.
Jon has refined his game with coach Mike Lumbrazo, DVDs and Tapes. Practice on the course includes working the basics by breaking
targets in the sweet spot and then
progressing outside his comfort zone to early and late break points. He then only moves on to
the next level of difficulty once he's mastered the new position. During
tournaments his pre-shot routine consists of finding his pickup, break and hold
points for each target, quieting his eyes and then letting the shot happen in the
sub-conscious. His shooting method consists mainly of a modified pull away from
Dan Carlisle and little bit of maintained lead.
Jon's idea of successful shooting comes from competing with some of the greats like
Jon Kruger, Bill McGuire and Wendell Cherry. He say's "Where else can you
compete with the pro's and they will help you out while shooting with them?"
Jon's recommendation to the new shooter is to take a few lessons to help
understand the basics and get started right. Starting with the right basics and
breaking more targets at the beginning goes a long way towards your success and
is a lot more fun.
Shotgun: Browning XS 32" Barrels
Ammo: Reloads of 1oz. at 1350fps or RIO factory
Glasses: Hidef Spex
Hearing Protection: Molded Ear Plugs
Gun fitting: Jon fitted his gun himself and had the stock finished by Bob James at Montana Long Guns
Deer Creek, Grand Kankakee & Palos Sportsman's Club
Jonís Other favorite places to compete:
Northbrook Sportsman's Club, Wern Valley, Milford Hills and Quail Ridge
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