The next weeks are going to be slow ones for hunters. Little to hunt and only rare sportsmen shows to get one out of the house.
There's an answer, though, one that takes you outside, offers some excitement, and improves your shooting. That's spending a few hours on those long weekends practicing your aim with trap, sporting clays, or skeet shooting.
Trap shooting is the easiest. To do it, you'll move from one station to the next with a trap throwing machine in the middle, take aim, yell "Pull," and make your shot at a clay bird that goes out either straight ahead, or angles left or right. It's fairly predictable, but still good practice, reminding shooters to aim above rising birds and lead those going left or right.
You can make the sport even better by buying a box of clay pigeons and a hand trap at a local sporting goods store, going out to a favorite farm where you have permission, and throwing your own. Start out pitching the easy ones, just ahead or a little left or right, then gradually make them tougher, throwing grass cutters, high risers, and some sharp to one side. It simulates the live birds better and is excellent practice.