ANTHONY REGELSKI MAKES MASTER CLASS

Young Anthony Regelski Jr.  entered new territory today, in obtaining five punches and making Master Class.  The 17 year old sharp shooter won the 12ga 50 bird, in AA class at the Regional as well as shooting well in other events, and now 1 year and 8 months after he started competitive shooting, Anthony is a Master Class Shooter.  From everyone at Xcel, you have our fondest wishes for continued success and lots to look forward to in your new home with the best shooters in the NSCA.  Could not be prouder of you.

Tom

Posted by Tom on May 21, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

JOHN DELGIGANTE, takes C class at Good Friday Shoot

All Around Good Guy, John DelGigante took the C class at the recent Fair Field Fish and Games Good Friday Shoot.  John threw in a very nice 80 over a very nice Fairfield Course to bring home the class and a couple of punches toward B class.  Well done John.......things are getting better and better.

Posted by Tom on April 19, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

ANTHONY REGELSKI named All Region

Another week, another award.  Jr. Anthony Regelski has garnered another award from the NSCA in the form of All Regional Team for 2017.  Congratulations to Anthony for another great honor.

Posted by Tom on April 19, 2017, 6 p.m.

ANTHONY REGELSKI JR. named All American

16 Year old student Anthony Regelski Jr, has been climbing the ranks of the NSCA Sporting Clay cirrcuit, and today Anthony was named Briley 20ga. 2nd. Team All American.  A little over a year ago, Anthony was shooting in "D" class, and today he is a AA Shooter, only a few punches short of Master Class.  Anthony is ranked 14th. in the Nation in Sub Jr. class, which comprises over 1000 jr. shooters.  It is with great pride I congratulate Anthony.  Well done buddy......................all of your family and friends wish you continued success.  That includes one very proud coach, but, don't get a big head.......there is lots more work to do.

Posted by Tom on April 10, 2017, 10:33 p.m.

THE KID DOES IT AGAIN

A week after shooting an 86 and taking the Jr. Title at the Ryan McElroy Cancer Foundation Shoot, 16 year old Anthony Regelski Jr. wins the "B" class at The Empire Cup, over a tough track with wind blown targets.  His 80 was an NSCA tournament personal best, and great things are in store for the young man from Pine Bush.  Great job Ant.

Posted by Tom on June 12, 2016, 8:44 p.m.

STUDENTS LIGHT IT UP AGAIN

What a great day it was for scores, even if the weather did not cooperate.  At the Ruger Cup, hosted by Addieville East, Tom Millham, Carmine Istvan, and John Fantozi posted outstanding scores in the event.  Carmine continued his hot shooting placing 2nd. in the AA class in the Ruger Main, along with his win in the 20ga. event.  John Fantozi rebounded from a disappointing outing at the Seafood Blast, with a score of 82 in the Ruger Main, giving him a 2nd. place finish in the A class.  Tom Millham continued his consistent shooting with a 4th place finish in the B class in the Main.

Congratulations to these shooters on another fine performance.

Tom

Posted by Tom on May 1, 2016, 9:44 p.m.

STUDENTS LIGHT IT UP AT THE SEAFOOD BLAST and other tournaments

Without a doubt, this weekend was an outstanding weekend for students at tournaments.  I don't even know where to start.........so let's start upstate.  At the Vernon Nationals Spring Classic, Caryn Foote turned in scores of 78/79 in two 100 bird events, good enough for 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the D class at the event.  At the Seafood Blast, in NJ..........It was another great showing, so I will just list some names, and their accomplishments.

Tom Millham, 2nd D class in the Seafood Blast

Sub Jr. Anthony Regelski, 1st D class in Beretta Cup
                                         1st D Class 20ga D Class
                                         1st D Class 12ga/50 bird (46/50) WOW
                                         2nd D Class Devito Memorial

Carmine Istvan, 1st A class Devito Memorial
                          1st A class Beretta Cup
                          1st A class .410
                          3rd A class 28ga
                          1st A class 20ga
                                        
Keep up the great shooting guys and gals.

Posted by Tom on April 17, 2016, 4:52 p.m.

SOUND GEAR HEARING PROTECTION HAS ARRIVED

    Sound Gear Custom Electronic Hearing Protection is now being sold and fitted by Xcel Sporting Clay Instruction.  I urge you to go to www.soundgear.com to find out more about this outstanding shooters and hunters hearing protection and enhancement.  Tom is now custom fitting this hearing protection in the comfort of your own home, and the cost is less than 1/2 of the other custom units.  Sound Gear, but Starkey Hearing Tech, is American made, totally digital, and just outstanding as compared to others in the market place.  Call Tom today and find out how affordable these custom molded electronic hearing protectors are. 
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Posted by Tom on Oct. 25, 2015, 8:53 p.m.

Ira Conklin Jr., Howard Berman, Jason Janetsky, and Tom Millham light it up

Congratulations are in order for Ira Conklin Jr. and Howard Berman.  Ira and Howard were both named to the Great Lakes, All-New York State Sporting Clays team.  Ira was named as  Sub-Junior, and Howard was named to the Open squad.  This is quite an honor for both guys.

Again Congratulations to both Ira and Howard................great consistent shooting guys!

At the Conn. State Shoot, Jason Janetsky lit it up with a 2nd. place finish in "C" Class, earning two punches, and finishing up both days with an average score of 84.  Great Job.  In D Class, Tom Millingham, finished the weekend with an average score of 80, which was good enough for 4th place in D class, and a nice showing for the weekend.  Congratulations to both shooters.

Posted by Tom on Aug. 30, 2015, 9:48 p.m.

IRA CONKLIN SR. LIGHTS IT UP

Congratulations to Ira Conklin Sr. for an outstanding shoot at the recent US Open.  The Big guy came in 2nd. in his AA class in the Gauntlet a super tough target event, as well as a very good showing in the US Open Main.  Additionally, on one parcour of F.I.T.A.S.C.  the big guy scored a 24/25 besting some of the big guns of our sport.

Way to go Ira...................outstanding shooting at a great competition

Posted by Tom on July 2, 2015, 12:03 a.m.

Ira Conklin at US Open

     Ira Conklin competed in his first US Open this week, and it was an eye opening experience for the 15 year old.  Though his scores were not where he wanted them to be, he did have some very bright spots, and the experience gave him some goals to shoot for for next year.  Well done Ira.

Posted by Tom on June 29, 2015, 7:08 a.m.

TOM MILLHAM ON A WINNING STREAK

Congratulations to to Millham who has been on a hot streak as of late as he cracked the 90 mark in two recent tournaments to take HOA honors.  Two weeks ago, Tom shot 92 taking the Conn. Travelers Sponsored Avon Cancer shoot, at St. Hubert's Club and last weekend shot a 90 in winning the Conn. Travelers Al Anglace Memorial Championship at Mid Hudson Sporting Clays.  Congratulations to Tom for these outstanding scores and accomplishments.

Posted by Tom on June 28, 2015, 3:10 p.m.

BROOKE WAKEFOOSE WINS SCTP PENN STATE TOURN.

For the 2nd. year in a row, Brooke Wakefoose is the Penn. State SCTP Ladies Championship. 
though Brooke did not shoot up to her ability................she hung in there, and fought through a tough day, and won through a match of cards to garner the 2nd. straight Ladies State SCTP Title.  Way to go Brooke...............sometimes the Gods are not smiling on us when we get that gun in our hands.  Congatulations Brooke..........and her best coach...........her father Mark.

Way to go Brooke

Posted by Tom on June 26, 2015, 5:39 p.m.

HOLY CRAP......THE STUDENTS ARE CLEANING UP

What a week or so.  Man the students are cleaning up the hardware in the area, and man I could not be prouder.  It started with Brooke Wakefoose besting an excellent field in winning the New Jersey Boy Scout Council shoot at Pawling Mountain club.  Great shooting Brookster.  Then the "Conklins", both Jr. and Sr. took home awards, as Ira Jr. won his class in FITASC main, Prelim FITASC, and Sporting Main, as well as a bunch of Jr. catagories and his Dad took home the FITASC main honors in AA class in the Legends Shoot at Mid Hudson Sporting Clays. In the same shoot, "The Big Man" Jeff Hunter took home honors in "A" class FITASC, boosting him over the hump and punching up to AA class.   A day before, Ira Sr. took home HOA honors with a smoking score of 94 at the Vassar Brothers Hospital Foundation shoot, at St. Hubert's club in Marlboro, NY. 

Holy cow I could not be prouder of all of you........................keep up the great work.


Posted by Tom on June 8, 2015, 11:04 p.m.

Mental Game Clinic filling fast

Just a reminder.............as of 5/26, we have only a few remaining slots left for the Mental Game Clinic on July 11-12

On Saturday we have 2 spots left
On Sunday we have only 1 spot.

Don't miss the opportunity to help add targets to you score card.

Posted by Tom on May 27, 2015, 10:31 p.m.

SOUND GEAR HEARING PROTECTION COMING TO XCEL

If you wanted premium hearing protection, without a premium price, SoundGear Custom Hearing Protection is for you.  After years of struggling with other "so called" in ear hearing protection systems, and having them fail time after time, last year I found "SoundGear".  SoundGear  hearing protection is manufactured by Starkey Hearing Tech, a world leader in hearing Aids.  Over the past three months I have been testing a pair, and they blow the others I have used out of the water.  They are crisp, clear, protect your hearing, and are bulletproof. As of June 30th, Xcel will be a fitting and selling dealer for SoundGear in ear custom hearing protection, as well as all of their other hearing protection products.  We will be offering a introductory price on these units once I am able to do your fitting.  If you are interested in having a fitting for a SoundGear product, please give me a call, and I will put you on our waiting list.  I am expecting completed custom products to be shipped around the first of July.  Call today for discount pricing.  Current Xcel students receive a years supply of batteries at no charge with your purchase.  Go to www.SoundGear.com for more info.

Posted by Tom on May 11, 2015, 12:16 p.m.

Another Tournamet--Another Win

Jeff Hunter better play the lottery this week..............(I gave him $20.00 to buy me some tickets)  Jeff won the class at the Fairfield Fish and Game Annual FITASC Shoot.  Fairfield is known for long, fast, and hard to see targets, and Jeff did a great job of Mastering them.  Another great Job by Jeff.  Any more wins and we will be calling this site, "Jeff's Sporting Clay Instruction"  Keep up the great work Jeff.


Posted by Tom on April 26, 2015, 10:53 p.m.

THE "BIG MAN" JEFF HUNTER, LIGHTS IT UP AT TRAVELERS SHOOT

Jeff Hunter, the Big Guy from Wilton, Conn., proved that shotgun with a stock that goes on forever, can do some damage when it is pointed in the right direction.  Jeff won his class at the Double Taxation Conn. Travelers shoot at Dover Furnace Shooting Grounds this past weekend.  Jeff shot an 85, which was a truly outstanding score ranking him with the Big Dogs of the day, only 4 targets behind the HOA on a very stiff Dover track.  Jeff even won back 1 of his dollars as he broke 3 targets of a midi coming off the mountain on station 14.  Honestly, for that score, I should give back all of his dollars..................he really deserves it.  Congratulations to Jeff.  Jeff shot as large as his stature this day, and I am really really proud of his accomplishment.  Now............did you just tell me  you were really not into shooting yet?  Can't wait to see the score when you get your mind straight.  Oh, and by the way........Jeff also shot 81 at Ten Mile River, scoring 166 for the shoot...............way up at the top of the 134 shooters.  Did I mention he said he was not really into shooting yet????

Posted by Tom on April 22, 2015, 9:52 p.m.

Brooke does it again

Brooke Wakefoose won yet another tournament this weekend as she took the ladies division of the Ilion Fish and Games Spring Fling Tournament.  16 year old Brooke took the ladies division with a score of 81 in this 50 report targets and 50 true tournament.  What makes it more spectacular is Brooke did it with a loaner gun after her gun broke on the first station.  In the report pair part Brooke shot 47/50, and 34/50 in the true pair section.....all with a gun that did not fit her.  Just goes to show what mental toughness will do for you.  Great job Brooke

Posted by Tom on April 19, 2015, 11:49 p.m.

IRA CONKLIN JR. LIGHTS IT UP AT "BIG SEAFOOD BLAST"

Student Ira Conklin distinguished himself this weekend with an outstanding showing at the "Big Seafood Blast" at M & M Sporting Clays and Preserve in New Jersey this weekend.  Young Mr. Conklin won his "D" class in the Seafood main with an outstanding 86, as he garnered a new Beretta A300 Shotgun.  In fact, Ira's 86 placed him in the upper 10% of the entire shoot, as his 86 was good enough for a 45th place out of 424 shooters.  Not to shabby for a 15 year old. In FITASC, Ira again won his "D" Class with an OUTSTANDING score of 81.  If anyone has shot FITASC before, you know how good a score that is.  That score bested shooters many times his age and experience.
Congratulations to Ira, and also his Dad, who also had a very good weekend in both FITASC and Sporting Main's.  Keep up the good shooting Ira.

Posted by Tom on April 12, 2015, 10:58 p.m.

THE SPICE GIRLS ARE HERE

Check out the new photo's of T & J's Oklahoma Ginger, the newest "spice girl" to be hopefully hunting along with her cousins "Sugar & Netmeg" next fall.  Hope to have her home by early April.  Pup is from Rick Affuso's outstanding litter out of his Brits, Cody and Oak.  We are breaking away from the "Liver" mold with an orange Brit, hopefully she will be on the darker side.  No matter what color, no birds will get away from that slick chick once she starts roaming the fields next fall.

Posted by Tom on March 15, 2015, 10:21 p.m.

Tom now added to DT Systems Pro-Training Staff

Tom has been added to the DT Systems Professional Training Staff as the only Professional Shooting Instructor and Upland Guide on the DT Staff.  Tom will and has been using the DT Systems series of Products on his dogs, and feels DT Systems makes one of the finest products for dogs and dog trainers in the country.  Tom is very pleased to be on the DT Professional Staff

Posted by Tom on March 2, 2015, 12:08 p.m.

TOM TO BE WRITING ARTICLES FOR NAVHDA ORGANIZATION

As of April 2015, Tom will have articles published on various aspects of the shooting sports in the magazine published by NAVHDA, North American Versatile Hunting Dog Asso.  NAVHDA representative Richard Holt spoke to Tom while he was speaking at Pheasant Fest in Des Moines, Iowa last week, and asked him if he would write some articles for the monthly magazine.  Tom accepted the invite, and will have an article published as early as the April issue.  The April article will deal with "youth shooting".  All the articles that are published will be available for downloading from the Xcel website.

Posted by Tom on Feb. 25, 2015, 9:52 p.m.

CHRISTMAS GIFT CERTIFICATES

HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR LESSONS OR UPLAND HUNTS MAKE GREAT PRESENTS FOR THE SHOOTER OR HUNTER IN YOUR LIFE.  GIVE ME A CALL, AND I CAN TAYLOR THE PERFECT GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR LOVED ONE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE

Posted by Tom on Dec. 9, 2014, 10:45 a.m.

WONDER KIDS DO IT AGAIN AT SCOTT EARL CARLTON SHOOT

Well, it was both a sad day and a great day all at once.  The sad part is the geriatric duo of Ira Conklin Sr, and Tom, got spanked by students Ira Conklin Jr, and Brooke Wakefoose, in-route to the kids taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively at the recent Benefit shoot at Dover Furnace. 
Little Ira coined the pair, "The dynamic duo" before the shoot, and they sure showed why that name was right on the money.  Ira Jr. turned in a score of 94, good for 2nd place, and Brooke was close behind with a 91.  Both scores are personal bests for both kids.  Tom and Ira Sr. are now looking for lessons and Geritol in order to be able to keep up with these two kids. 

It is with great pride and satisfaction to see both these kids shoot so well.  I know Ira Sr. was beaming ear to ear, and I was so pleased, I could have cared less as to what I shot.........except I will be hearing it from these two for some time to come, and I'm sure Ira Sr. will be also.

Again....................congratulations both Ira and Brooke.  You made us very proud yesterday
Keep up the great shooting.

Posted by Tom on Oct. 27, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

SPECIAL UPLAND DEAL AT TMT HUNTING PRESERVE

The weather is getting cooler, and the mornings are perfect for running around in the woods..............that could only mean one thing!  UPLAND BIRD SEASON IS UPON US.  That being said............TMT Hunting Preserve and Xcel have a special deal for you.  Book a 10 bird hunt, and receive 11 birds for the price of 10.  Book your hunt either with me or by calling TMT directly at 845-266-5108.  Tell Tom you saw the special deal on my web site, request me to guide for you, and you are all set.  Every 10 birds you buy,  you will receive 1 additional bird.............and I am sure Sugar or Meg will find an extra bird or two for you anyway just to sweeten the pot. 
What a GREAT DEAL!  Book your hunt Today and take advantage of our outstanding Fall weather.  The dogs are waiting.....the birds are waiting............ALL WE NEED IS YOU!  And while you are at it........view the video on my home page and find out how much fun you are missing out on.

CALL TODAY!


TOM

Posted by Tom on Sept. 12, 2014, 8:06 a.m.

BROOKE WAKFOOSE LIGHTS IT UP

16 year old Brooke Wakefoose continues to Xcel, as she smoked the field at the recent
Hunt of  Lifetime shoot at Clinton Fish and Game Club.  Brooke posted a HOA score of 87 in route to taking the High Over All and Jr. Classes in the shoot.  16 year old Brooke showed the guys and gals how to break targets on her way to the win.  Congrats Brooke, and her proud Dad Mark.  Keep up the good work Brooke.

Posted by Tom on Sept. 8, 2014, 12:22 p.m.

JEFF HUNTER EXCELS AT CONN. STATE SHOOT

Congratulations to Jeff Hunter for winning the Class A Sporting Title at the recent Conn. State Sporting Clay Championships.  His score of 82 bested a good group of other shooters in-route to winning his first State Class A Championship.  Jeff also tied for first in the Class A F.I.T.A.S.C.   WAY TO GO JEFF......(guess losing all those dollars paid off)

Posted by Tom on Aug. 25, 2014, 7:19 p.m.

Will be out of town for 10 days

Hey y'all.................decided to put the shotgun away and bring the fishing rods out.  I will be in
Alaska fishing from 8/13-8/24............................so I will not be reachable until the 25th.

Posted by Tom on Aug. 12, 2014, 10:15 p.m.

Howard Berman and John DelGigante Excel

Congratulations are in order to Howard Berman and John DelGigante who recently posted high scores.  Howard Berman threw up a 92 at the Great American Shoot with a personal best 9 stations run in a row.  Great Job Howard.  At the Travelers Championship, John DelGigante won Class 4 honors over a very stiff Mid Hudson tract with a 67.  Way to go John.

Keep up the great work guys................it just gets better and better


Posted by Tom on June 24, 2014, 7:19 a.m.

Brooke Wakefoose Wins Penn. State SCTP Ladies Title

Brooke Wakefoose, now also known as "Super Kid" won the Pennsylvania State SCTP Ladies Championship, recently held at Factoryville Sporting Clays, in Factoryville, Penn.  Her score of 80 bested a slew of other ladies also vying for the title.  Congratulations to Brooke and her Dad Mark for all the effort and time on the range in preparation for this championship.  WAY TO GO BROOKE................................WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD OF YOU.  Check out her picture on the HOME PAGE!

Posted by Tom on June 15, 2014, 10:44 p.m.

Ira Conklin, Brooke Wakefoose, and Xcel Team All Score Awards

Congratulations are in order for 16 year old standout Brooke Wakefoose as she took 2nd. place in the Jr. Division of the recent Wounded Warrior Shoot at Vernon National Shooting Preserve, in Vernon, NY.  15 Year Old Ira Conklin recently garnered honors at the Empire Cup, at Mid County Rod and Gun Club, In LaGrangeville, NY.  Ira took top honors winning the "D" Class as well as winning the Sub Jr. class over a very tough course that had some notable local adult shooters pulling their hair out.  His score of 74 was outstanding considering the level of the targets he faced.  Best of Luck to both Brooke and Ira, as Brooke heads to the SCTP Pennsylvania State Championships this weekend, and Ira heads to the Jr. U.S. Open in South Carolina in two weeks. Keep the great shooting going.............

In other news, Team Xcel were the team champions of the Ryan McElroy Children's Cancer Foundation Shoot at TMT Shooting Preserve in Staatsburgh, NY.  Tom, Ira Conklin Sr., Howard Berman, George Federoff, and Gary Taylor smoked the field to win the title.  Congrats of everyone.  Tom's score of 91 led the squad.  Check for a picture of the crew in the gallery.

Posted by Tom on June 9, 2014, 10:10 p.m.

MORE GREAT STUDENT NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the following students:

Howard Breman was named honorary captain of Team USA who will compete in the World Championships in England this month.  Howard will shoot in England and we all wish him the best while over there.  Shoot well Howard.

On the home front......................Super kids Brooke Wakefoose and Ira Conklin are warming up for the competitive season with a couple of great finishes recently.  Brooke won the ladies div of a recent shoot in Ilion, NY, at the Ilion Fish and Game club, and took 3rd place in the Jr. Div. at the recent Conn. Travelers Shoot at Ten Mile River Preserve.  Ira placed very well at the Big Seafood Blast, at M & M a few weeks ago, placing 3rd. in the Jr. Div., and Sunday he placed 2nd in the Jr. Div of the same Travelers Shoot that Brooke placed in. 

Way to go......................and it is only April

Posted by Tom on April 28, 2014, 11:32 p.m.

HOWARD BERMAN HOT AT GAMALIEL CUP

Howard Berman worked through some early problems shooting a 47/50 in the 12ga event, and an 89/100 in the last 100 of the main event at the Gamaliel Cup.  To give you an idea of how well Howard shot, his 89 was good enough to beat Bobby Fowler, Andy Duffy, and Jon Wooley, just to name a few  of the "Big Guns" that he bested.  Congratulations to Howard................he has really put up some fine scores to start the season, and the best is yet to come for Howard as the weather heats up, and his Perazzi gets even hotter.  Well done Howard. 

Also Congratulations go out to Ira Conklin, (they younger of the two Conklins), as Ira posted a score of 72 at the Big Seafood Blast at M & M this weekend.  Ira came in 4th in Sub Jr., and 12th in "D" class at the shoot.  For the first shoot of the 2014 season, this is a great accomplishment for Ira.....and he is looking forward to a great competitive season ahead of him.  Way to go Ira.

Posted by Tom on April 14, 2014, 10:03 p.m.

KNEE HEALING.........BACK TO TEACHING

Well it has been 8 weeks now...........and my knee is finally feeling like it is on the mend.  I can walk without the brace..............though I have to keep it on until the 27th of this month, and my quad is strong enough to support all it is supposed to support.  Still cannot drive........but hopefully, by the time the brace is off.....................I WILL BE ON THE ROAD AGAIN.  I hope to have my teaching academy up and running by the first week of April..........depending on my knee, and back to teaching at Mid Hudson and Dover,  as you read this.  One note...........on April 5th and 6th.  I will be teaching all day at Mid Hudson Sporting Clays.  I have a 9:00 slot available on April 5th for a two hour lesson.  Anyone looking for a lesson that weekend, that is my only time slot open.........so you better book fast. 

Thanks to everyone who has called, stopped over, transported me, and helped out during my surgery.  It is not 100% yet, but without people like Rick Affuso, Howard Berman, Jack Shawnassy, Mark and Brooke Wakefoose, Bob Lockett and bunch of others, I would have never made it through without going NUTZ.  The time you took to call, transport, invite, and much more was very special to me, and will never be forgotten.  Can't thank you enough.  Maybe before the weather turns really nice, I will get to drive my new Teryx4.  I will put some pictures on the site soon.

Tom
 
Posted by Tom on March 13, 2014, 10:24 a.m.

LEG GETTING BETTER--PT STINKS

Well...........the knee continues to improve each day, and I am back to teaching as of April 1st., so anyone wanting a lesson, I will begin to schedule after that date.  Not anywhere near 100% yet...at least a month or so from that, but at least teaching and getting more and more mobile by the day.  HURRY UP GOOD WEATHER..............................   Oh by the way..................PT is just a wonderful experience.  I recommend it to anyone with any kind of masochistic tendencies.  I believe the Marquis DeSade, Atillah the Hun, and Ivan the Terrible, all got PT degrees before they were able to torture anyone.

Posted by Tom on March 5, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

I AM BACK IN ACTION

Today, I taught my first lesson in 8 weeks......................IT WAS FANTASTIC.  So, I am back in action based on weather and still not being able to drive.  If the weather is good, I can teach without a problem, but still have to be careful on ice and slippery surfaces........but man is it great to be back out on the course..................YA HOO!!!!!!!

Posted by Tom on Feb. 22, 2014, 11:05 p.m.

PHEASANT FEST AND THE KNEE

Well, first Pheasant Fest......it was a great event, and I have to give huge props to my wife Judy and my buddy Gary, and Lou from Galazan's,  for all they did for me during the trip out and back, and the event. I could not have done anything I did out there without them.   I spoke  to over a 1000 people total including the SCTP group and the adults at Pheasant Fest.  I met some great people such as Dave Miller, from CZ USA, Brett Moyes, Director of the NSCA, Niki, Publicity Director of the NSCA, Doug Turnbull, of Turnbull Manufacturing, and many many more.  My hat is off to the guys at Pheasant Fest for a great show, and God willing they will ask me back next year to speak. 

My knee is healing, and have to go back to the Doc's this week.  When the brace is right I can walk anywhere.  When it is not...................PAIN.  Hoping to get a less restrictive brace this week, and start PT..............OH JOY!, but it is a way back........so I am all for it.  If I can get a little less restrictive brace, I can go back to teaching and start to drive again.  Maybe with all this snow, God is telling me to take it easy for a while, because you will be busy when the snow melts..................hope so, but until then............I just limp along, and give Judy 15 more things to do each day.

Tom

Posted by Tom on Feb. 17, 2014, 8:10 p.m.

SURGERY

Well.......had surgery on Weds., and all went well.  Great drugs, no pain, and got home safe and sound thanks to my wife Judy, and my buddy, Rick Affuso.  The next three days were uneventful, with pain, and getting used to the new brace, and three days riding the EZ-Chair.  I got up today......my goal was to be up on crutches by Super Bowl Sunday...........and it met it.  My next goal is to be back teaching by next weekend.................Working hard so that happens. 
Got to see Doc. on Thursday of this week....so I am hopeful stitches will come out, and I will get a good bil of health to start rehab.  I will keep you posted as I crawl along here.......but all looks good, and I should be 100% back by spring. 

Tom  Thanks for everyone's good wishes and prayers.

Tom

Posted by Tom on Feb. 2, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

OUT OF ACTION FOR 4-6 WEEKS

Hi everyone.  Well, after having fallen on ice, I now find I am facing surgery on my right knee for a torn quad tendon.  Looks like for me instead of frequenting the clay target courses, I will be riding my couch and living room chair for the next month plus.  If any one wants lessons during this time, I will be checking my email, (like I will have anything else to do) I can set you up with another instructor in the area.   My goal is to be back teaching by March 15th, but only God and my Dr. will know for sure.  Drop me a line when  you can, I would enjoy hearing from everyone.

See you soon

Tom

Posted by Tom on Jan. 22, 2014, 9:13 p.m.

TAKE A "SHOTKAM" LESSON

     They say when you retire if you stop doing things..................you just stop, if you know what I mean.  Well, I don't plan on stopping any time soon, so for 2014 I am going to introduce.........."The ShotKam".  Many times I have had students tell me they were not sure where they were OR were 100% sure of where they were.......and the target did not break.  Now you will be able to pull the trigger, and see EXACTLY where you are on the computer screen in the Ranger.  I will be setting up SHOTKAM lessons in the spring for those students desiring them.  SHOTKAM lessons will be the same price as regular lessons, but they will be 3 hours in length to allow for viewing the SHOTKAM, and not deminishing trigger time.  Call me today to discuss your SHOTKAM lesson

Posted by Tom on Dec. 14, 2013, 4:59 p.m.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

Yesterday I received an email from a local on line Auction company.  In the email was the usual auction stuff, but one thing caught my eye........."Wholesale Toy Auction".  WOW........would that make a bunch of kids happy for Christmas.  Well, I am now bidding on 4-5 pallets of toys from this auction house to make a few more needy kids happy this Christmas.............and the card will read............."The students of Xcel Sporting Clay Instruction"......all of you made this happen, now you just need to cross your fingers I can win the bidding.  All of you give me so much each time you break a target, shoot well in a tournament, or just grin from ear to ear when you do something with that shotgun you never thought possible........now I get to give something back................for you.  So keep  your fingers crossed............I may even be calling some of you to help me.......................4-5 pallets of toys is a bunch of toys, so don't hang up if I call.  I WILL NEED A BUNCH OF ELVES TO TAKE CARE OF THAT MANY TOYS.  (No Santa fat jokes either)  I will keep you posted..........the auction ends Sunday Nov. 24th, at 7:30 est.

Posted by Tom on Nov. 23, 2013, 7:49 p.m.

"SHOOTING CLINICS A HIT"

Over the past year Xcel has developed a series of clay target clinics, and have debuted them at a number of clubs in the area and northeast.  WELL THEY ARE A SMASH HIT.  Shooters have raved about the level of instruction, content, and value, so for 2014 we are doing more of them.  We are now developing Novice, Ladies/youth, and Advanced shooters clinics.  Look at the schedule of events to find out where these clinics will be held, and what clinics will be offered.  These clinics offer real value for anyone wanting to improve their shooting, or begin finding out what the clay target sports are all about.  For additional information on any our our clinics, locations, or schedule, please feel free to email or call me.  2014 looks to be a fantastic year, and it would be our pleasure to welcome the new year with a few more broken targets on your score card.  WITH THE HOLIDAYS COMING UP..............GIVE THE GIFT OF A FEW MORE TARGETS ON YOUR SHOT GUNNERS CARD, WITH A GIFT OF A CLINIC OR LESSON.  CALL TODAY, AND WE WILL GET A CERTIFICATE OUT TO YOU........

Posted by Tom on Nov. 14, 2013, 8:33 a.m.

NUTMEG READY TO GO.........

WOW..........................................it has been a tough couple of months trying to get Meg ready for the upcoming hunting season.................but I think she has finally got it.  Over the past week or so, I have had her over a ton of chuker and hens, and the little squirt has done a great job.  This to the dismay of her mother Sugar who screams to high heaven when I take Meg out of the create, and leave her in there.  This 30lb ball of fire is proving she has the hard nosed attitude of her Mother Sugar, and the personality of her father Benny.  Book a hunt now and experience what these pint sized dogs can do in the field.

Posted by Tom on Oct. 11, 2013, 6:25 p.m.

TOM NOW A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH GUILD

     It is with a great sense of pride and accomplishment, that as of September 3, 2013, Tom has been admitted for membership to the British Guild of Shooting Instructors.  In June of this year, Mr. Peter Harris, of the Guild, evaluated Tom while he was in the U.S..  After that evaluation, Mr. Harris returned to England, reviewed the qualifications with the other Guild Selection board members, and formal admittance into the Guild was offered this week.  The Guild is one of the Worlds foremost clays and wing shooting instructor organizations.  The instructor standards are very high, and only 6 instructors in the United States have been awarded membership.  I am both humbled and excited at the same time, and look forward to working with other Guild Members, both in the U.S. and overseas to foster excellence in clays in wing shooting instruction.  This is an honor I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Tom Fiumarello

Posted by Tom on Sept. 6, 2013, 1:57 p.m.

BROOKE NOW GIVING LESSONS

Well it finally happened............super kid Brooke Wakefoose has now decided to give shooting lessons instead of taking them.  At the Final Flight shoot at Whitetail Preserve on Sunday.  Brooke twirled a super score of 89........taking the ladies title, while her coach, Tom, scored an 88 to take the high male award.  Since Brooke kicked Tom's butt............he has now scheduled a series of lessons with her in the hopes of improving his shooting.  Anyone wanting a lesson from Brooke can either .............try to take her on, on the sporting course, (at your own risk), or book a lesson with her and find out what she knows that Tom does not..........(and most likely will not tell him)

Posted by Tom on July 28, 2013, 10:10 p.m.

ANOTHER SHOOT....MORE HARDWARE FOR BROOKE

Super Kid............Brooke Wakefoose ventured north this weekend to Clinton Fish and Game Clubs annual Boy Scout Benefit Shoot.  15 year old Brooke took home top honors in Lady and "B" Class.  Not to shabby for a young lady that has been shooting less than a year.  Brooke will now be representing Thomas Ferney Shotguns and Acc. for the upcoming 2014 shotgun season.  Keep an eye for this young lady...........she is on her way

Posted by Tom on July 24, 2013, 1:11 p.m.

BROOKE TAKES TWO THIRD PLACES

Rising shooting star Brooke Wakefoose recently took home 2-3rd. place medals at the North Carolina Clays Shoot, at Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia.  Brooke had a great tournament taking places in both Ladies and Jr. Shooter ranks.  A couple of targets more and Brooke would have won both titles.  Not bad for a young lady that has been shooting less than 8 months.  Way to go Brookster......................In her first year of competition, she won the Youth Div at the Wounded Warrior Shoot, at Vernon National, her SCTP came in 2nd at the Penn. State SCTP shoot, and now these medal.  Brooke will also be representing Thomas Ferney Shotguns in the coming season...........so look for more great things from Brooke in the months to come.

Posted by Tom on July 15, 2013, 9:42 p.m.

STUDENTS FARE WELL AT TOURNAMENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO BROOKE WAKEFOOSE AND HOWARD BERMAN FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES AT RECENT SPORTING TOURNAMENTS.  HOWARD BERMAN CAME IN 2ND IN VETERANS AND MASTER CLASS AT THE U.S. OPEN IN 20 BORE CLASS, SHOOTING AN OUTSTANDING 94 IN THE TOURNAMENT.  WAY TO GO HOWARD.  AT THE WOUNDED WARRIOR EVENT AT VERNON NATIONAL SHOOTING PRESERVE, 15 YEAR OLD BROOKE WAKEFOOSE WON THE YOUTH DIVISION WITH A SCORE OF 71, AND THIS PAST WEEKEND, HER NEW JERSEY SQUAD TOOK 2ND. PLACE IN THE VARSITY DIV. OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE SCTP SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT.  THE WOUNDED WARRIOR EVENT WAS BROOKE'S FIRST EVER TOURNAMENT, AND THE SCTP EVENT HER 2ND.  WATCH OUT SHOOTERS WHEN SHE GETS SOME EXPERIENCE.   HOWARD WAS ALSO RECENTLY NAMED TO THE ALL-NEW YORK STATE SPORTING CLAYS TEAM IN VETERANS CLASS.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH HOWARD AND BROOKE FOR WELL DESERVED TOURNAMENT RESULTS AND ACCOLADES.

TOM

Posted by Tom on June 17, 2013, 10:44 a.m.

WHERE DO I START..........

WOW...........................This has been some whirlwind of a few weeks.  I am behind on everything...........so here goes. 

                                1.  The Wounded Warrior Shoot at Vernon National was  huge success.  The weather held out............and everything was great.  I was so pumped up, I lost 7 targets out of 14 on the first two stations I shot, before I came down to earth........lost 6 more targets on the next 12 stations and shot a very respectable 87, coming in 3rd. by two targets.  We made a good amount of money for the Therapy Pool at Ft. Drum, and weather you shot 87 or 7 did not make a difference.  The cause was the reason to be there, not your score.  108 shooters enjoyed a great day.
                                 2.  The Paragon Clays Clinic at Guarino Farms was nothing short of SPECTACULAR this past weekend.  30 Shooters over two days enjoyed the best of everything.  Food, targets and Instruction.  The feed back from the shooters was either Excellent or Fantastic on all of our evaluations..........and another clinic will be scheduled for the Fall.  In July Guarino Farms will be hosting a "Target Reading" Clinic, with a date to be announced.  I will be hosting and teaching the clinic, with only 5 shooters per day allowed.  Once the date is announced...............if you are interested, I would not wait long to  register.  If you are interested.............email me, and I will email you the date we announce the details.
                                 3.  My Teaching Academy at Guarino Farms is Open, and I have been actively teaching there.  It is an OUTSTANDING facility to learn at.  I can throw targets up to 60 yards or more.and every presentation is there to test you.  Newbie or seasoned shooter having problems with a specific target.  THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO.  No more lesson interruptions from shooters using a course.............no more searching for the target that gives you fits.........or having shoot with people watching you as a newbie.  Schedule a lesson..........the facility and my attention is all yours.  Give me a call and I would be glad to show you the course and teaching facility.  It is the only dedicated teaching facility in New York State.........set up with 6 shooting boxes at various angles to the traps, and 8 traps, throwing every target you can imagine.....from Rabbits to teals, Crossing to Chondelles..................AND A 30' TOWER.  Book a lesson today and find out just how good you really can be.

Well that is about it................all up to date.  See you on the course






Posted by Tom on June 7, 2013, 5:22 p.m.

THE TEACHING ACADENY AT GUARINO FARMS

     In a few weeks the area's first dedicated Clays and Wing Shooting Teaching facility will soon be open.  Guarino Farm's in Marlboro, NY has enlisted Tom Fiumarello to help design and head the new Clays teaching facility.  The facility will be equipped with 6 new Mattarelli Trap Machines, a 30' Tower, a Promatic Flurry machine, and five teaching stations, allowing angles on all types of targets to be changed without moving any traps.  Crossing, Teal, Chondelle, Rabbit, and Quartering Targets will be constantly set up, as well as a tower shot, to allow teaching and practice on any presentation a shooter may need help with.  The "Huntsman" by Promatic, can duplicate those tough grouse, or quail shots you have been missing, and will prove to be invaluable to the wing shooter wanting to improve his or her game. 

     Guarino Farms also features a 10 station Sporting Clays course, as well as trout ponds, picnic area, dog training facility, pool and club house, for the St. Hubert's club private facility, which is on the grounds.  Two bed and breakfasts as well as, meeting and dining rooms are available to rent.  Alan and Kathy Guarino invite you to come and view this beautiful upscale facility, in the heart of Hudson Valley apple country.

To schedule a lesson, or to view and tour this beautiful facility call Kathy at 914-474-8996
or you may contact Tom directly.  We anticipate the facility to be ready to teach, on or before April 15th, 2013.  I will keep you posted

Posted by Tom on March 19, 2013, 1:47 p.m.

PHEASANT FEST

Well...............I am back from Pheasant Fest, (say that three times quickly), and it was PHANTASTIC.............to say the least.  The Wing Shooting Seminars were filled to capacity, with a lot of laughs and plenty of info.  So much so, after each seminar I spent almost an hour afterwards answering questions in the hallway.  It was great.  I also had the opportunity to address the SCTP kids and their parents.  That was very rewarding the the talk was entitled, "Time for a little Respect and Responsibility".  It was very well received, and I will try and get it up on my site................but don't be hopeful, I barely can write on this thing.  Well, good weather is right around the corner, so all of you dust off that shotgun, and get to breaking some clays.................see ya soon.

Posted by Tom on Feb. 25, 2013, 9:32 a.m.

HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES

Holiday Gift Certificates for lessons, guided hunts, and gun fittings are now on sale. 

Deal #1.  Purchase a 2 hour lesson gift certificate, and
                 the ammo is FREE. (100 rounds of 12 or 20ga)

Deal #2.  Purchase a gun fitting gift certificate, and the   
                 targets to test the fit, are FREE.

Deal #3.  Purchase a 2 hour lesson gift certificate to
                 introduce a NEW shooter, and receive $50.00
                 off the normal instruction price.

Specials cannot be combined, and gift certificates valid for 1 year from purchase.  Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Accepted.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season............and keep those targets breaking over the winter.
From my family.............Myself, Judy, Sugar, and Nutmeg..........may the Holiday Season bring you joy, happiness, and oh yes...............a couple of extra magic
BB's a round could not hurt either.

 

Posted by Tom on Nov. 30, 2012, 4:27 p.m.

TOM TO PRESENT AT PHEASANT FEST 2013

PHEASANT FEST 2013 is scheduled for Feb. 15,16, & 17, 2013, In Minneapolis, Minn, and Pheasants Forever, the sponsoring organization, has asked Tom to speak on Wing Shooting at it's annual event.  They have asked Tom to do two seminars per day, on each of the days of Pheasant Fest.  The annual gathering of over 50,000 upland bird hunters, is the organizations premiere event, and it is quite an honor to be asked to be part of this.  Tom will also be speaking to a number of SCTP Youth Scholastic Shooting Teams that will be attending the event.  Now if he does not get stranded in 10' of snow while he is out there, things should go very well.  Let you know how it goes when I get back.............I am excited as could be to be part of the festivities.

Posted by Tom on Oct. 8, 2012, 4:55 p.m.

SHOTGUNS AND SHEILA'S

This will be a wonderful event for all you ladies that shoot, or want to learn.  On Friday July 13th, 7-10:00 come join other ladies like yourself at a wine and cheese get together with prizes, entertainment, and an instructor auction.  Laughs until you cry.  Then on Saturday July 14th......the fun really begins
.                                                        Breakfast
                                                         50 Bird Shoot the course with Instruction
                                                         BBQ lunch
                                                         100 Bird fun shoot with your instructor Shotgun Slave
                                                         Including free ammo
                                                         Wine, Drinks, and Cheese
                                                         Lobster and Steak Dinner
                                                         Prizes, etc.
                                                         2 Hour Comedy show featuring:
                                                         Crazy Gene Triffilo, from Last Comic Standing, and
                                                                                          the improv
                                                         Tom Anzalone, From Carolines, NYC, Showtime &
                                                                                  Judge on Last comic standing.

All for $165.00.  Call Tom at 845-625-3151 to register, or go to www.vernonnational.com, and download the reg form.  This will be a fantastic evening
                                          

Posted by Tom on July 13, 2012, 7 p.m.

SUGAR HAD HER PUPS

Our Brittany Sugar had a wonderful litter of pups in May, and they are just about ready to go.  I have selected a male to keep, and start working for this hunting season, but I really don't see him getting much time out because of his age, but I will get him over birds in the coming months.  All 8 pups have been spoken for, and we are looking forward to a great hunting season in the fall and winter

Posted by Tom on July 4, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

BUSY BUSY BUSY

Wow......April was a busy month.  Teaching, getting the Academy up and running, Shooting some tournaments..............and May looks like it is getting filled.  The main news is the Wounded Warrior event at Vernon National.  Boy, don't miss that shoot, great food, great targets, great prizes...........all for a great cause, OUR GUYS IN UNIFORM.  Check out the Vernon National Website to get more info. 

Clinics galore at Vernon National Clays Academy.............take a look at the events page for the clinics over the spring and summer.  There is something there for everyone, at great prices.  Learning this game and having fun, does not have to be expensive.....come to one of our clinics today.

Vernon National is expanding this summer..............new outdoor pistol range.  Skeet Field, 3D Archery Course, and Indoor Archery Range..............what a great place.

Email me your questions, and if I use your question to answer for my "TIPS section, I will send you a certificate for a free 1 hour lesson.  One certificate per month.

Posted by Tom on April 17, 2012, 5:52 p.m.

New Site

Xcel Sporting Clay Instruction has launched its new website! More news to come, please take a look around and don't hesitate to contact!

Tom
Posted by Tom on April 7, 2012, 4:14 a.m.