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Monday, March 2, 2009

Shooting sports

Since I knew nothing about what "4-H shooting sports" is, I am guessing that most of you don't either.

So I'm gonna tell you.

Pretend you care.

The kids learn weapon safety (i.e. don't point the gun at anybody, don't carry a loaded gun, stuff like that).

Then depending on their age, they have different positions to shoot in. Daisy's age they only do prone, which is laying on their belly. In a couple/few years she will be able to do all three: prone, kneeling, and standing.

Sounds pretty simple huh?

Except the targets are little. They are about the size of a silver dollar. The grown ups use binoculars to see if the kids are hitting the target.

And not just good binoculars. They use high powered binocular.

And you want to hit as close to the center of the target as you can (think of a dart board with its bulls eye. Except the bulls eye is smaller than a pencil eraser.)

And you are 50 feet away.

Wanna see?

I circled her targets with red. They have 3 sheets of paper with 12 circles - 2 practice targets and 10 real targets.

I am not telling you all this so you think "WOW! Daisy must be a great shot."

Cause she isn't.

She is awful a pretty bad shot on these targets.

Then again, I suppose being able to hit the piece of paper means she could hit a deer.


  1. OH my gosh - I couldn't hit that if I tried! I'm a horrible aim! I can't even throw a dog toy down the hall in the direction I aim... seriously - if I aim at the totally open hallway - 9 times out of 10 - I'll hit John way off to the left. If I aimed at John - I'd throw it right down the center of the hall way.

    Does that mean something is wrong with me?! HA!

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  2. Wow, that looks tough! Kudos to Daisy for deciding to stick with it!

    This is the kind of thing I wish they did in Scouts. Maybe we should look into doing 4-H instead, because lately I've been feeling that Cub Scouts is a waste of time. (They do all of the fun/cool/useful stuff in Boy Scouts, when they're older.)

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