By Zeke Corder
While it is not great weather for outdoor activities, it is time to think about getting the family out for fun in the spring. There are many locations near Kuna and Melba where a family can get together and participate in the fun of shooting.
Certainly, in the fall many hunt for birds and game, but you do not have to be a hunter to enjoy shooting. Many of us simply enjoy going out to shoot at paper or targets, or even simply plinking at targets of opportunity, safely.
Mid-winter is an ideal time to begin the planning and preparation for this. Many families spend far too little time enjoying family activities, and often undertakings the entire family enjoys can get quite expensive. Shooting does not have to fall into that category.
A good .22 caliber rifle can still be found new in the range of $200. Used ones may be even less. Admittedly, there is some process at the moment that is driving ammunition prices up and up. There are many stories, but I find most of them unconvincing. Even so, .22LR ammunition is still not really expensive. For a family outing or just fun plinking, most any .22LR ammunition will fill the bill, and that can still be purchased for less than 5¢ a round.
Kuna has a great gun store just around the corner from Paul’s Market. Shooter’s Guns and Ammo sells new and used guns and ammunition. What they may not have in the store, they can often acquire through special order within a short period, (thus, my suggestion to think about getting ready now.)
Beyond rifles, there are a plethora of .22 caliber and other calibers of both handguns and rifles, and many families enjoy shotguns, too. All can be a lot of fun for everyone.
Paper targets can be hand drawn or any number of designs can be purchased. Holders for paper targets are available, or you can do a little internet research and discover many target devices you can build inexpensively. Devices for throwing clays can be found for less than $10.
The guys at Shooter’s in Kuna and at other sporting goods stores around the valley can certainly help you understand what you might need and help you get set up if you are new to the sport. Classes are available for tyros
and experts, to help you get better at shooting.
Locations for shooting abound in this valley. Check for safe locations they can be found within 5 miles of either Kuna or Melba. In fact, there are indoor ranges around the valley that you can use even in winter.
Kids should understand how to be safe around firearms, just as they are taught fire safety. Grandpa and Grandma will enjoy a day out in the desert with the grandkids improving their shooting skills. It is truly a sport for the entire family. If competition is you bailiwick there are many events you can sign up for, and Shooter’s is a good source for that information, too.
One important thing to remember is that there are no attendants coming along behind you out in the desert. Whatever you haul out there to shoot at, pick it up and dispose of it properly. Nothing spoils a good shooting location like a shot up TV or fridge. The desert is not a dumping ground, if you haul it in, haul it out.