We all should know the contents of this hint, and maybe you do, but I believe it’s worth reminding all of us about what hot weather can do to you.
I used to believe that I could live with the heat, and then I went to Little Rock for our Zone 6 shoot a few years ago and the heat got me. I saw the proverbial ‘White Light’ and felt like I was numb all over. I walked to the air conditioned clubhouse and sat down outside the building for about an hour before I had the energy to go up the four or five steps into the cool building. The heat got me!
When weather forecasters tell us that the temperature will be 100 degrees, that’s in the shade. We as skeet shooters spend a lot of time in the sun rather than the shade, and the temperature can be ten to twenty degrees higher in the sun.
We need to make sure that we hydrate our bodies as much as possible in these conditions.
Take advantage of any available shade, and get into air conditioning as soon as you can.
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at email@example.com or give him a call at (918)803-2393.