Last month we mentioned how much we love the fall shooting season! It’s the season where we finally get to pull out the Dubarrys or other favorite boots, tweed vests, and scarves for some driven shooting, or our favorite upland field pants and jackets for a great day of walk-up hunting over dogs. I’m looking forward to some excellent duck hunting as well, so here comes the CAMO. Yes, I admit it I’ll be sporting the camo for some duck hunts this year ranging as far south as Louisiana and North to the Delmarva Peninsula as well.
Yes, the fall shooting season is certainly in full swing and the last month offered so many wonderful shooting opportunities. Wing shooting being a given, there was also the Orvis Game Fair at Sandanona, the World Vintagers Championships at Dover Furnace, the Nationals in San Antonio and the Fall Southern Side x Side in Georgetown, South Carolina just to name a few.
The NRA Women’s Leadership Forum hosted fabulous guest speakers as women gathered to continue their mission to raise awareness and generate support of our Second Amendment rights at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia. The same weekend, a group of lady gunners gathered in Pennsylvania to go upland hunting, many for the first time.
As you will see in the photos below, folks are out enjoying it all. Make it a goal to get out there and have some fun shooting!
Though we missed the Orvis Game Fair, we went for a visit the following weekend and had the pleasure of shooting the oldest gun club in the U.S., Orvis Sandanona. If you haven’t been there, it is absolutely beautiful. Not only wonderful target presentations for beginners, intermediate and advanced shooters, but impeccable grounds. It was a beautiful course to walk in the Fall, but it’s just as beautiful in any season. www.orvis.com/sandanona
The view driving into the World Vintagers Championship hosted by Dover Funrace Shooting Grounds. The grounds and course were beautiful, the course and target presentations were fantastic and fun to shoot, and the staff, including the trappers, were awesome! The tents were full of great vendors selling guns, clothing, gifts and more. Pretty much anything to do with shooting could be found there. Adding to the ambiance of the entire event was the fabulous bagpiper below. www.doverfurnace.com
Hearing these bagpipes during the World Vintager shooting days made the atmosphere that much more festive, a perfect accompaniment to the fall colors and beautiful days we had there.
A couple of the great ladies who attended the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum and a shooting clinic hosted by yours truly at the event. The grounds of the Salamander Resort were singing fall’s praises and the perfect setting for these women who traveled from all over the country. Talk about the Great Pumpkin.... The pumpkin behind these ladies must have weighed 1,000 pounds.You just never know where the love of guns will take you! www.salamanderresort.com
While the NRA event was happening, so was a whole lot of fun in the mountains of Western Maryland. Hosted by Calibered Events and Ann Marie Foster, this fall weekend of upland hunting and sporting clays brought eight ladies together, many first timers. Like I say, once you pull the first feathers you will probably be hooked on bird shooting! www.caliberedevents.com
Three of the shootin’ gang in Western Maryland: Emily Jeter, Peg Green and Kate Desmond, two for the first time! And yes, they loved it!
With great pride, I introduce the newest GRITS chapter based in Middleburg, Virginia. This group had their first gathering October 19th. To say they are enthusiastic would be an understatement! What a great, fun, fun group of ladies, many just starting to shoot. I love it! Here’s the Piedmont GRITS Chapter.
Only these gals can have this much fun recycling clays. Meet Brandy Greenwell and Stephanie Bates, two “newbie” shooters in the “newbie” GRITS group...Whoopie!
Shooters enjoying the Fall Southern Side x Side hosted by Backwoods Quail Club in Georgetown South Carolina. The Southern Side x Side is a bi-annual event where shooters who love to shoot double guns come together. These folks get together to shoot great targets, talk old guns and enjoy wonderful fellowship. And whether it is the Southern or any other time, Backwoods Quail Club is always a wonderful place to shoot. Lots of targets, two clays courses, skeet and trap as well as hunting. Rick Hemingway and his staff define southern hospitality. www.backwoodsquailclub.com
Pictured here having some shooting fun at the Nationals are Paul Pierce, Tim Tison and Linda Henson. I believe they were waiting to shoot a station but what I know is they were having a great time while doing it. Love it!
Yesterday the original GRITS gang hosted one of our “Sausage and GRITS” shoots and had a great day for it. We all got to shoot a lot and enjoyed some great food and social time together afterwards. This was the perfect ending to a beautiful weekend in Virginia!
Currently we’re creating a new database for the GRITS organization. If you’re interested in receiving information for the GRITS please go to www.laniershootingsports.com and sign up. Thank you.
Elizabeth Lanier is a highly regarded shooting instructor based in Virginia. She loves teaching men, women and children and introducing them to all the joys that recreational shooting brings forth! Founder of the G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Really Into Shooting), she is a leading advocate of women in the shotgun sports and this fall will be planning shooting events centered around the G.R.I.T.S. mission of shooting for the pure fun of it as well as planning trips for not only women, but everyone. Visit the Lanier Shooting Sports web site at http://laniershootingsports.com.