I have been a member of the National Rifle Association for many years. I always smile when I reach into the mailbox and pull out the new issue of the American Hunter magazine. I enjoy reading all of the articles. In the December 2010 issue, the article that really caught my attention was an article by Lacey Biles, NRA-ILA Hunting Policy Liaison.
It appeared on pages 68 and 69 and was titled “Overhauling Hunter Education to Recruit the Next Generation”. Mr. Biles’ article is right on the money when it comes to online courses combined with hands on learning during field day activities. I have taught at field day activities and have discovered the students have a great time and have scored higher at the individual skill stations and the final exam. The students came to the field day with a higher level of understanding about hunter and firearm safety because the online course prepared them. It really does not get better than that!
As instructors, we need to combine the new technology with hands on skills learning. Check out Mr. Biles article by clicking on the link below.
As a shotgun coach, I am always looking for new ideas to help students improve their shooting skills. One of the hardest concepts for a beginning student to grasp is the ability to follow and hit a moving target. The shotgun team tried to adjust the traps to slow down the clay pigeons; you can only adjust the traps so much. There had to be another way! The question became, is there a way to slow down the target so that the beginning students could understand the concept of following a moving target and be successful at hitting a moving target? Beginning students love to shoot balloons so why not use balloons filled with HELIUM! With that problem solved, it was on to build a delivery system to release the balloons at a distance of 30 yards from the shooting line. Check out the video below.