Like most boys my age in the early 1950’s, my first gun was a single-shot .410. It didn’t take very long for me to find out it wasn’t much good on flying targets or even running rabbits for that matter. My only source of income was a paper route, so funds were pretty scarce. A new Model 870 or a Model 12 was just a dream.
While the monetary rewards for teaching kids how to shoot may be small, your heart will be overflowing when you see the huge smiles they will give you the first time they break a target.
It has been over six years since I wrote the original Kids and Clays article which appeared in Shotgun Sports. This is the 11th year I have been teaching kids to shoot clay targets through the auspices of the 4H program and the cooperation of the Paris, Texas, Skeet and Trap Club. The following are some of the lessons I have learned over the past years.
Until you participate in an effort like this, you will not believe what a rewarding experience this can be. So if you have an inclination toward teaching and have paid your dues by shooting in the clay target sports, you really should consider getting involved through your local 4H program.