Byron's Babbles

Talkin’ Turkey About Coaching

Posted in Coaching by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on April 20, 2010

My son, Heath, and I had a tremendous lesson in coaching that culminated in success this past weekend. Heath loves to turkey hunt and took his first turkey Sunday morning (4/18) at 7:35 a.m. in Parke County, Indiana.

Heath, age 9, and I learned an important lesson on coaching. We have the greatest hunting coach imaginable in Shawn Brown of Royal Flush Enterprises, Inc. 

Shawn gave us a list of areas that we needed to work on for Heath to be successful. Here’s what we needed to know and work on: pattern of the gun, outside range of the gun, shots from several positions (left, right, straight, sitting, kneeling, in blind, out of blind, and from several distances).

So here’s the deal. Heath’s turkey took 71 shells to take. Why, you might ask, did it take so many?  Because he started practicing in January and had his final disciplined practice on Thursday (4/16)before our hunting trip. He had used 70 shells up to that point. Therefore he knew that his gun had a range, with a good pattern of 25 yards. So, when the turkey was at 27 yards, he knew not to shoot. At 23 yards, it took one shot that he had taken several times before at targets to bring in his first turkey- A 23 pound Tom with a nine inch beard. A great trophy bird for a nine year old boy!

The point of this post is that having a great coach like Shawn, and then acting on that coaching with disciplined practice will end in success.

Go HUNT out those great coaches.

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  1. Dale said, on April 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Excellent example of guided practice, internal motivation, discipline, and success. Self-esteem is built on trying something difficult after preparing and practicing – then succeeding. This is the stuff confident young men and women are made of – but it takes the patience, time and support of all the coaches in their lives. Byron Ernest is among the best.


  2. Kevin Eikenberry said, on April 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Clear instruction, displined practice, a willing learner and a supportive team around him. That is the elixir of success.

    Thanks for sharing Byron!


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