I saw that Alphecca linked the Ten Ring today (and a big thank you to Alphecca). Joe Huffman of View from North Central Idaho made a comment on that post. He mentioned a number of bloggers who are going to attend this year's Boomershoot held in the rolling hills of Idaho's Palouse country. He has this page of bloggers who have given Boomershoot a link or a post. The Ten Ring is included but with just a sad little note saying we gave only a link. We should've blogged on Boomershoot a long time ago, but better late than never.
We hoped to attend this year. We read about the Boomershoot roughly a year and a half ago. Later, we read Kim du Toit's adventures at last year's shoot. Be sure to click the Boomershoot link above to read all about it.
At a Boomershoot; you shoot bullets at very small targets located hundreds of yards away. The difference is, these targets are reactive--that is, they contain an explosive mixture. They explode with a satisfying bang and plume of smoke--or so we have heard. We thought this sounded like a blast, oops forgive the pun, like fun.
We can see raised eyebrows now--explosives and guns together--Oh my Lord! The sponsors are explosive experts and put safety first. So don't get your undies in a bunch.
We made plans to attend. We put a brand new variable Nikon scope on Bill's Remington Model 700 chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum. We made sure our calendars were clear at work and looked at the budget. Unfortunately, the best laid plans and all that. We have other travel obligations this year, parental visits, work travel, and yadda, yadda, yadda.
We also know we wouldn't get much out of it this year since our long distance skills are rusty. We live in New England and shooting game is done within 100 yards. The trees and thick brush make long shots unpredictable even if you could see a deer. Thus, few places have ranges long enough to practice real distance shooting. We are working on getting access to a long distance range for next year though.
We envy those bloggers and all others attending the Boomershoot and the long distance shooting clinics held before the main event. Have fun and shoot straight.