After the recent debate in the chatbox, I've decided to start this thread.
For me it is all of the above but in different forms.
Shooting for the fun and getting out of the house with friends is when I and Jackal and his and my father go hunting, may it be with airrifles or with our 30.06's or wingshooting with the old 12 gauge. Having a braai after the day laughing about all the shots we missed. Brag about that one shot you made that made the hole day.
And then there is competitive shooting, FT, bisley or claypigeon, when I do this I have this drive to do my best give my all and pitch my skills against the course and the guy next to me. And for competion I can't just shoot for fun and make jokes all day because then you need to focus on what you want to achieve.
Why do I shoot?
Because it is fun and I am reasonably good at it is the short answer.
I have been down the road of taking FT ultra serious, to the point of winning practically any regional event I attended. However after a while doing it this way starts to become almost an obligation and at some point I just stopped and thought I am not really enjoying the shooting, it has just become almost an unpaid form of employment.
So over the last few years I have taken the game far less seriously and find that now it is once again a pleasure to go and shoot FT. I haven't shot a serious competition round for over a year and find that I don't really miss it.
However when I do take one of my rifles out for a round of the club course I am finding it relaxing and enjoying once again. :thumbsup
PS - just noticed Avion's chatbox posting and that sums it up perfectly.
<span class='smallblacktext'>[ Edited Sat Apr 22 2006, 12:21PM ]</span>
Shooting is just plain fun. I especially enjoy going out on a hunt, even if I don't get anything I really enjoy the stalk. I see stalking as a kind of battle against the quarry on their home turf. Sometimes I've stalked a Kestrel or Owl, merely just to see how close I can get, sometimes to within 20m, then just sit and stare at it through the scope. Amazing creatures, birds of prey.
Anyways sliding off topic as usual...
I hunt to get out of the house, clears my head of every day worries, job etc...
the way i see it................ the whole point of FT is to knock the target down............so i assume, when some one takes aim at a FT target, it is his/her intention to knock the target down. what is that called? i've got that comfused with "competitiveness".
what i don't get is when people use "i'm not shooting comepetitvely this season/year/shoot.........etc" as an excuse for performing below the expected norm. if he or she is not shooting competitively, then why does he/she feel the need to explain/find an excuse.
for me it's easy.............my favourite excuse.................. i don't want to peak to early in the season :rofl :rofl
not shooting competitively as the reason for poor performance? :?
i must be the odd one out............i found i shoot the best on my own practising....etc no competitive pressure.....etc
actually i'm glad that most of us are not shooting competitively, as it seems the general take for "competitive" is along the lines of "aggressive willingness to compete". if that's the case, i too will not shoot competively from this point on...........that's just nasty, and it will ruin what we have achieved so far.............and just think of the bad losers we will get at shoots.................
but now looking at the poll............."majority" reckons they shoot for all of the listed reasons..............ie. having fun, be competitive, to get out and the social side of things......... so then it's really down to the person? yes/no? i guess what i'm asking now..............
In FT (local/ZA), "having fun" and "to be competitive" = mutually exclusive?