Those old western homesteaders sure knew how to have a good time.
Panning for gold, using “wild” and “calamity” instead of “mister” and “miss,” and, of course, shooting dinner.
And while most of it still holds up, the whole blowing-defenseless-animals-to-smithereens thing has really put a damper on the thrill of the hunt.
So for all of the fun and none of the remorse, fire off a few rounds at Moore-N-Moore Sporting Clays. Nestled in the Angeles National Forest, the range hosts twelve stations, each with two clay traps (throwing machines) launching targets at different velocities and angles.
First-timers should take an experienced pal or arrange a lesson. Janet in the pro shop will give you the scoop on memberships, go over the rules, and make sure you’re safely on your way. Go on Wednesday and stay for one of Janet’s home-cooked meals (reservations required).
Now, those targets are tiny, so don’t be too hard on yourself — even the best sportsmen average only about 85 percent.
Those who prefer less emphasis on precision can go hunting with the vice president.
Moore-N-Moore Sporting Clays, 12651 North Little Tujunga Canyon Road, past Osborne Street, Sylmar (818-890-4788 or moorenmoore.com).