Shotgun Sunday at Jessica’s Ranch

25 Oct

This past Sunday, a few of us went to Jessica’s family’s ranch to go shoot skeet.

Neva, Jessica, Me

Their ranch is somewhere around 1500 acres and it is absolutely gorgeous!  They have deer stands, a duck pond, and several smaller fishing ponds…not to mention a camp house and fun toys to play with!  Among those toys are four wheelers, battery-powered vehicles, and my personal favorite: shotguns.

Jessica’s parents, Nic and Bubba, are super fun, country people.  They are down to earth and two of the nicest people ever (and absolutely adorable but we just won’t tell Bubba I think they are adorable because he is much too manly for that).  They have a clay throwing machine out on their ranch so Jessica invited us out to shoot with the three of them on Sunday.  “Us” included me, Joseph, Mom, my brother Trey (who I also call Bubba so it gets confusing when we are around Jessica’s dad), Neva, and Korey.

I shot first and did pretty terrible.

Me shooting at everything but the clays…
Left: That’s Bubba giving me some pointers, which I definitely needed!

It was slightly embarrassing…Bubba is one that will give you a hard time about being bad at something but it is pretty hilarious.  I have to admit, though, I realize why all of our guy friends in high school were intimidated by him.  I shot 20 rounds and maybe hit 3…

Joseph went next.


He shot a few rounds and then decided he was off his game so he let some other people go before he decided to go again.  Must have worked because he did a lot better after his break.  Bubba gave him lots of pointers too so maybe that helped.  Who knows.

Jessica was up next.

If you thought she was dangerous before, you should see her with a gun. Pure Terror. Notice in the middle picture you can see her shell being discharged to the right!

Jessica was way better than I expected.  Not saying that I thought you would be bad, Jessica, but I just wasn’t expecting you to blow me out of the water!  In fairness to me, she has done this a countless number of times.

I’d never been skeet shooting with my brother before but apparently he is a professional.  He hit almost all of them!  What a punk!  Nic’s power stance may be the most adorable thing I have ever seen.  The gun is bigger than her so it’s fun seeing such a tiny, little lady shoot the mess out of some clays!  Mom had been out to their ranch before to shoot with Bubba and Nic and she did really good.  She said that the first time was better and that it must have been beginners luck…or it could have been the ridiculous wind that picked up when Mom was shooting this time that threw her off.  She still hit more than me!  In fact, they all did.

Nic, Trey, Mom

Neva and Korey arrived right before my mom started shooting.  Neither one of them had done this before so they got lessons from Bubba while the rest of us went out into the field to collect the ones that didn’t break so we could use them again.  Minor detail that the majority of them were mine!  Apparently some were missed the last time they were out there because we only shot a box and there were more than that out in the field that weren’t broken!  Their ranch makes clays magically appear!

Neva and Korey were both nervous so I explained to them how bad I did to make them feel better (luckily they didn’t get to witness first-hand like everyone else).  I also told them my mentality when it comes to shooting clays:  Even if you don’t hit any, you still get to shoot a gun which is always fun!

Neva went first…

Neva during her first shoot ever! The picture to the left was the first shot she took.  I love the middle picture with the smoke and the shell flying!

Neva didn’t do bad for her first time!  It definitely didn’t help her case that the wind had picked up like it did when my mom was shooting.  Bubba picked on her and said she needs a lot more practice.

Korey was the last one to go.

Korey on his “first” shoot ever!

So Korey claims this was the first time he’s ever done this…I personally think he is a “Skeet Shark” (like a Pool Shark but for skeet) because the kid hit the first clay thrown!  And then the majority of the ones after that!  It was ridiculous!  He’s a freak of nature!  We told Neva we think he’s been going shooting with his other girlfriend in his spare time!  Bubba claims it was his teaching abilities but Jessica quickly pointed out how Neva had done…sorry Neva.

Trey, Me, and Mom

After everyone had gone once, it was my turn to go again.  Since I didn’t shoot a full box of shells the first time, I used the remaining shells in my box plus another box (about 30 shells).  Bubba thought he would be funny and get himself and my brother to shoot with me Annie Oakley style.  Annie Oakley style is when the first person pulls and shoots.  If they miss, the second person shoots and if they get it, the first person is out.  If the first two people miss it and the third hits it, the first two are out and so on.  Basically they made it into a competition.  Maybe it was the competition or maybe it was just my mad skills coming out of the woodwork but I only missed about 4 or 5 out of 30 and the ones I did missed, they did too!  I guess I just needed a friendly competition to prove my sweet skills.  At one point I had hit about 9 in a row and was getting all sassy (shocker) and when I yelled “Pull!” Bubba shot it right as I pulled the trigger!  He said, “She was getting too cocky!” hahaha It was hilarious.

Annie Oakley Style
Left: Bubba & Joseph
Right: Joseph and Jessica

After we played around for a little while, Bubba took me, Joseph, and Trey on a tour of the ranch.  We rode around in the gator as Bubba told us all about their property.  This land has been in their family for 6 generations!  Jessica is the 7th generation and will have to take care of it when it’s her turn.  Jessica, you better find a man who can appreciate that because it is truly amazing!  Bubba showed us where Jessica caught her first fish and shot her first deer…and also where she missed a shot on a huge buck.  haha  My brother is a die-hard country boy who loves the outdoors and I think he was in Heaven as we were driving around.  I swear the kid was drooling!

We had SO much fun and I can’t wait to get to shoot again with them!  I feel like a learned a lot but I guess we will find out the next time I try to shoot…hopefully I will shoot more like my second round, rather than the first!  When we thanked Jessica and her parents for letting us come out to their ranch, they said “Anytime!”  and Joseph and I joked that if we came out anytime we wanted, it would be every weekend!  Thanks again, Jessica, for letting us join y’all!

Now I am really wanting to buy my own gun!  I just have to stop borrowing ones that are so expensive because then I get a taste for the good quality guns without having the good quality budget!  Maybe it would be an investment that would be worth it…we’ll see.

One Response to “Shotgun Sunday at Jessica’s Ranch”

  1. mbneeley October 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM #

    It is obvious to me now why I was shooting underneath them. As you can see in every other picture, everyone else had their gun slightly raised and mine is level. I will try and remember that for next time!!What a great time we had.

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