Yes, I spent an interesting weekend shooting and fishing… No, really! I went to a Women in the Outdoors program Saturday and actually had a great time. You get to choose four events and they have volunteer instructors spend time teaching you the basics and giving you some practice.
My first event was shotguns. And damned if I didn’t hit my target the first try! I have to say…I really enjoyed shooting clay targets to smithereens. (What does that say about me psychologically…)
Next up was handguns. Didn’t like ’em. They were much harder to use than the shotgun and I kept worrying that I was going to point them the wrong place and shoot my foot (or something worse). Also, the instructors were from the NRA and they were…um…the word “fanatical” comes to mind. They constantly peppered their directions with various political comments while stroking their weapons. Seriously, there was stroking. And a LOT of guns. They had cases and cases of guns.
Overall, the handguns just had too much kick for me to aim accurately. The problem is that with my small hands I needed a small gun and the smaller the gun the more recoil. I did like the single action revolver, though. The kind you see in the old Westerns. And I learned that the curved, wooden stock is designed to take the recoil and rock in your hand, so that it basically cancels out the kick.
After lunch it was off to archery. OK, I have found my new hobby! Loved it. And the instructor told me I had the best technique/form he had seen all day (yeah, and I’m sure he told that to all the girls 😉 )
Did pretty good at archery, too. I was worried it would be too much for my arm, but with the compound bows, it wasn’t that bad. I forgot to take a picture of the hyena foam target we shot at (why a hyena? no one knew…maybe he was on clearance?) I did manage to get some good “kill” shots (except for the time I shot it right in the nostril…)
I’m thinking of doing this for target shooting only, as I have no real desire to skin/clean anything. Sounds too messy. I’ll stick with hay bales and foam hyenas!
Finally, I ended the day fishing for bass. They weren’t biting for anyone but the instructor, though. I did manage to catch 3 leaves! And tangle my line with 3 other people’s…when people duck everytime you cast, you know you really suck at fishing.
Seriously, it was a blast. There were many classes to choose from, ranging from outdoor photography to edible plants. I’ll keep you posted if I get a bow for Christmas;-)