A few weeks ago I was creating a pamphlet for instructors that they might want to give their students, something in writing to help reinforce what they were teaching. I consider it a supplement to what the instructors are teaching.
One of the items that I included was a page with skeet shooting etiquette. After I had written as much as I thought should be in the pamphlet, I consulted with Chief Instructor Ralph Aaron on the pamphlet and its content.
Ralph made several comments and one of those is what this hint is about: Etiquette item number 29.
Several hints ago I listed the previous 28 items, and then I wrote more hints about several of those 28 etiquette items.
I consider etiquette as the second most important aspect of skeet shooting, coming in right after Safety, the most important aspect of skeet shooting.
The new etiquette item in my pamphlet, # 29, deals with technology, our cell phones. Almost everyone I know has a cell phone. Shooters who have cell phones need to turn them off before stepping on the skeet field, or, better yet, leave them someplace other than on the skeet field. There are not many things I can think of that are more annoying than having a phone ring as you’re about to call for your target, or someone having a phone conversation as you’re mentally preparing to take your turn. Please be considerate of your fellow shooters!
So, the next time you’re heading out to shoot, leave your phone somewhere other than on the field, or turn it off. Your calls should be able to wait until you and your squad have finished their rounds.
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who teaches American skeet and wingshooting. You can contact Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-803-2393.