When you take a shot at a deer or elk standing broadside at 100 yards and it seems like youre shooting blanks, you realize you should have sighted in your rifle before the hunt.
Even if a rifle has been used for season after season with good accuracy, its still important to go to the rifle range before to make sure it still shoots where its aimed.
Sighting in is also needed if the rifle is brand new.
The annual sight-in event is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Blacks Creek Public Shooting Range southeast of Boise.
It is a sure-fire way to get your rifle sighted in because shooting experts will be on hand to help.
The range has bench rests and seats and targets. Distances are clearly defined.
Hunters can bring as many rifles (centerfire or black powder) or handguns as they want.
Cost per shooter is $8, and there is no cost for non-shooters.
The sight in event is sponsored by the Treasure Valley Chapter of the Idaho Hunter Education Instructors Association and serves as the chapters primary fundraising event for the year.
The association consists of volunteers who teach young and new hunters how to safely participate in the sport.
If you cant make the Saturday event, you can go out to the range to sight in your rifle on your own.
It is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., if there arent any special events going on.
You can check shooting schedules, range rules and get a map with directions to the range by going to blackscreekrange.com.
Getting there: The range is located at 2420 E. Kuna-Mora Road, which can be reached either off Interstate 84 at the Black Creek Exit or by coming out of town on Pleasant Valley Road.
Information: Call Mark Pinney at 378-4578.