Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in outdoor and travel markets. A former small-town newspaper editor and reporter, she constantly hunts for news headlines you need to read. Barbara also publishes Women’s Outdoor News online and pens columns for the National Wild Turkey Federation and Shooting Sports USA. Hailing from the Ozarks of Missouri, this avid hunter is now mentoring the second generation of hunters - her own little bevy of Realtree-wearing grandchildren.
A Hunter’s Friend: The Range Report
Range. The word often connotes shooting indoors or even if outdoors, finely disciplined shooting amidst other shooters, maybe having to wait your turn for a long time or having to pick up your brass immediately, while it’s still hot.
So, a publication titled “Range Report,” offered quarterly by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), might seem to be geared toward the trade – that being for range owners. But, it’s more than that, and with the launch today of its new associated website, this is one resource that hunters should check out.
The all-digital (read goodbye print) "Range Report" is the centerpiece for its associated website, where you can find archived articles from past issues. It also features “Ranges in the News.” Maybe a local range is doing something to benefit hunters, or providing new shooters' courses, or holding a benefit. You might find out about it first, here.
In the latest "Range Report," a hunter can benefit from reading these articles, especially:
- An introduction to the newly launched free NSSF app “Where2Shoot,” available for iPhone and iPod Touch. Where2Shoot will tell you where ranges are located, along with video tips for shooters, news and other firearms safety information.
- “Surviving in an Industrial Complex” – an article about how a shooting club in an industrial development works with the community. Do you belong to a hunting club? Or own a lease somewhere? Maybe you can pick up a few pointers here for how to coexist with encroaching urbanites.
- "Undercover Shooter – Two for Trap”: where a married pair of shotgunners discover what they like about a range close to home.
- I like to look at the ads in outdoor magazines. This issue features links to GalleryofGuns.com, Winchester ammo (with its special offer) and KMA Overhead Target Retrieval System, to name a few. If these advertisers are in the NSSF, they're credible.
You might give it a look-see. Also, if you’re not a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, why don't you give that a think, too? It is fighting for your rights and for the traditions of hunting and shooting every day.