Like many surburban kids with fathers who didn’t come from a hunting background, I have rarely had an opportunity to shoot guns growing up. I had a Red Rider BB gun we messed around with a little, and I spent a day at my uncle’s hunt camp shooting targets but that was it. Though my wife’s family hunts, no one has offered to take me under their wing, so I am planning to take the bull by the horns (maybe yet this year) and do hunter’s safety and work with one of my BIL’s to learn. They’ve offered that much.
Anyway, I got to shoot sporting clays for the first time this week at a hunt club. I borrowed a double-barreled shotgun and had the opportunity to shoot some clay pigeons at 12 different stations. Good times. I hit 8 out of 24 targets, so was happy with that for my first time. It wasn’t like a power-boner or anything, but holding and shooting a gun was fun. At this stage, not many in suburbia where I live probably own a gun or hunt. I’d like to change that in our household so that my son and daughter have the opportunity to at least understand how to work one, how to respect a firearm and maybe get into hunting. Good life skills, even if they don’t use them. Admittedly, I’m not there yet, but I want to be. Bow hunting may be more up my alley, and the season is a little warmer around here, while gun season is often dreadfully cold (and being dreadfully cold in a tree stand at 5 or 6 am doesn’t sound like too much fun).
I’ll be spending some time at my brother’s new place out in the boonies, where he has enough free room and appropriate topography to shoot his arsenal of guns. Mrs. AMD has also expressed interest in shooting firearms, so some date night we may rent some guns at the local range and blow up some targets. Those who shoot together, stay together, or something like that. Now firearms in our house is another topic, but for the time being, Holly has not expressed much desire to have this happen. At some point, this will likely come to a head where we’ll have to be in agreement on safety features and so forth since we do have young kids and young neighbor kids who are often around, but until we cross that bridge we can simply enjoy the shooting part, even if we don’t own a firearm.