Archive for April 16th, 2010

Shooter Before Hunter

Friday, April 16th, 2010

This is Passport to Texas

You need to be a shooter before you become a hunter.

:12—Shooting sports comes first. Go to a shooting range and get some experience shooting. Nobody wants to cripple an animal. So, being proficient with a firearm becomes very important, and comes before the actual hunt.

Ty Harris is hunter education volunteer with Parks and Wildlife.

:15—The biggest thing to understand about the shooting sports is that it’s a big responsibility builder, and don’t be afraid to get your kids started very young. It’s not unheard of to have seven, eight and nine-year-old shooters come out and perform very well, in sporting clays or any of the shooting sports.

I witnessed a new shooter in the making. By moving the gun and the shooter together Harris helped newbie, Christina Huth, assume a safe and proper shooting stance.

:25—Don’t let go. Hang onto it. Don’t let go. Don’t let go. Don’t let go. Stop. Right there’s your shooting stance. So now, wherever the target goes, you go. Head, arm, gun, everything moves together. Okay? Up, down, right, left. Head never comes off. Keep both eyes open. That’s all there is to it. (That’s so easy). It is. And when you see the orange thing flying, shoot it. (When do I get to shoot?) Right now. (Alright.[gunshot]). That’ll break it every time. (I love it).

By the way, Christina has since become a Texas game warden, stationed in Val Verde County.

That’s our show for today…with support from the Wildlife Restoration program…working to increase shooting and hunting opportunities in Texas …

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.