Points of Impact: August 13, 2022

ICYMI: Archery Season Tips, Facebook for Female Hunters, Resocializing After COVID ...

by posted on August 13, 2022
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Hooray hooray! Summer may still be cooking, but the onset of bow season is bringing the first breezes of autumn. At the top of our lineup this week is a topic "near" and "dear" to our hearts: social media. Platforms like Facebook can be a blessing or a curse, and if you're a woman hunter who has ever posted a picture of you with your harvest, you know all about the "curse" part. Columnist Rachel Helgeson has done some scouting, and found Facebook groups where NRA Women like you are welcome. NRA Women Likes This!

Negotiating an online space is one thing, but going back into "the world" after the end of the COVID pandemic is a different matter entirely. You've probably noticed that people are just a little touchier than they used to be, but the good news is that there's plenty you can do to keep yourself safe around the folks that are re-socializing after COVID ...

Of course, staying away from hotheaded humans can be just as easy as hitting the woods, and now is a great time to do it! Hunting with bow and arrow now offers you more opportunities on animals that haven’t been spooked by other hunters in almost a year. That said, there are seven bowhunting commandments that you should honor and obey as if they were carved in stone both before and during the season.

NRA Women's Woman of the Year Heidi Rao writes, "There are four things that I have encountered during instruction that could have led to serious accidents or death. These include the use of antique firearms; sporterized rifles; choked shotgun barrels; and loose ammunition in the classroom and on the range." Whether you're a firearm instructor, student or potential student, you need to know more about these four gun-training pitfalls, so you can avoid them.

Montana is one of the best states in America to hunt. But without her dad or uncles here to take her out, show her the land, describe the game animals' behavior or provide all the other tips and tricks, the author felt a little overwhelmed. Here's how Rachel Helgeson re-learned to hunt in an all-new state ...

Full-sized modern sporting rifles—also known as MSRs, black guns and AR-15s—may appear to be more complex to handle than pistols are, but that's not exactly true. What is true is that in order to properly hold your MSR, you must establish four "points of contact" with the gun instead of two. The good news is that doing so is much easier than you may think

Summer is a golden time, especially for pro shooter Katie Jacob, who won a gold medal in the Women’s Skeet event at the 2022 USA Shooting Shotgun National Championships. The competition concluded on August 6 at the Hillsdale College John A. Halter Shooting Sports Center in Hillsdale, Michigan. Find out more about this champion from our friends at Shooting Sports USA!

What's better than reading about champions? Being one! "There was a time when I competed with full intentions to win money—and I did," says Joella Bates. "I quit my full-time job as an environmental scientist to pursue a career as a professional archer. I worked hard at this job, putting in many more hours than a regular job. I trained to win." Now, Bates passes those skills on to others ... and that includes you.



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