My name is Andrew Schatz and welcome to my site Clays and Birds where we take you from the range to the field. I want to take this opportunity to let you know about my background and how I ended up here. I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I didn’t come from a hunting family, but my father was known to go out and hunt dove and ducks on occasion. As a kid I spent the majority of my youth running around my childhood home and woods with my two Flat Coated Retrievers by my side. From an early age I always felt a strong connection with dogs, but I didn’t realize their potential until much later in life. I left Baltimore for a small town called Sag Harbor out on the east end of Long Island. After living there for a few years I eventually ended up meeting my wife and moving to New Hampshire. After some time in New Hampshire, and still not knowing many people, I decided to pick up a hobby. I went and purchased a Browning 725 Trap and showed up at a rural trap range. I was hooked. After competing in the ATA and shooting 20,000 shells a year, I wanted to push my shooting to another level. The day after my trap shooting mentor died, I took his Beretta 390 Statesman and hit the fields looking for Pheasants. With just a state stocked location, no dog, and no idea what to do, I proceeded to pound the brush. After ten minutes of walking I flushed a rooster. I hit him and he went tumbling down. It was the most exhilarating experience I had ever felt. Within six months I had a German Shorthaired Pointer. The rest was history so to speak. I live to hunt birds and shoot clays. Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, 5-Stand, Grouse, Woodcock, Pheasant, Snipe, Partridge, or Quail: If it flies, I want it to die.