Sunday, November 17, 2013

I've given up hunting

Had to do a reality check this past week.  I was hoping to get just one more squirrel to fill up the frying pan so I brought out the .22 when I saw one out back by the feeder.  Took my time, took aim, and missed.  Not once, not twice, but three times.  Squirrels ain't the brightest rodents around, and will often just jump a little bit when a shot goes off nearby, so my shots were actually on the same individual.

Talk about embarrassing.  And pathetic.  There was no way I was going to continue hunting if I could not be relatively sure of my shots.  Wounding a squirrel to run off into the woods to slowly die is bad enough, there was no way I was going to chance an off shot with a deer.

It was obviously time to do some practice shooting.

Paul set up some targets and I plinked away.  Did some adjusting on the sights.  Did some more plinking.  Adjust sights.  Plink.  And then when I was somewhat satisfied at my grouping, I stopped for the day.

Day two & plinked some more with the .22.

Day three, more plinking.

I'm disappointed in myself.  There is no reason that I couldn't be practicing once a week.  And until I get a better, more consistent grouping on my targets, the squirrels and deer will be getting a reprieve (much to the relief of my mother).

So.  When was the last time YOU practiced with your firearm(s)?  Are you confident enough to take that squirrel at 60 yards?  Are you sure that the shot you're about to take on that big buck is going to drop him right away, or will you have to track him down for hours, or worse, lose him to die a slow and painful death?

I don't want that to happen to me, so I'm off to practice some more.


  1. Carolyn,

    Practiced two weekends ago out at the range, and did pretty good.

  2. Kudos to you for being a super-responsible, conscientious hunter. I hereby award you a necklace made out of empty shotgun shells. ;o}

    P.S. That is some lucky squirrel living in your neighborhood!

  3. Get a pellet gun, you can practice with that inside if you set up things right. I have been watching squirrels steal my field corn and the plan is that they will be so big and slow that I will be able to hit them soon.

  4. Switch a a .410 for squirrels your a good enough shot for that :)

  5. It's hard to plink away when ammo is so high!!!!! Lol!!! I have done a little bit tho.

  6. Hmmm...I actually can't remember the last time I practiced with my guns and I really should with my concealed carry pistol! We used to do the Cowboy Action Shooting a couple of times a month but haven't even done that in a couple of years.

  7. Not too much recently. Hubby works lots of hours, and he's my trainer.

  8. What is that I hear? Could it be the sound of squirrels tittering behind the trees? Carolyn's lost her edge? Don't get too complacent my squirrely friends - she'll be back....