It's far from the Old West, but it is west of us. Milbrook, N.Y., is where the gallery meets the artistry.
The historic clubhouse, built during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, and grounds of Orvis Sandanona make up the oldest licensed shotgun shooting preserve in the country. More than 400 acres are dedicated to the sport of sporting clays.
Helping us take aim is James Ross, chief shooting instructor at Orvis Sandanona.
"We have about 25 different areas that you can come and shoot," Ross said. "Our sporting clays course is pretty extensive. It's about 1.7 miles to walk it from the clubhouse, and along that course there are several different courses to shoot at."
Our first stop is the skeet field. Here we'll try to get a bead on things. We're shooting a Caesar Guerini over/under shotgun.
"A little hand-eye coordination, a little timing, a little form and we're there," Ross says.
Think of it as a live action video game, and then get a shot of reality because it's not so simple.
But finding the smoking gun is easy because there more than two dozen ranges to target, and Orvis is trying to attract all types.
"We've gotten away from the old tweeds and side by sides," Ross says. "You’re seeing a lot of younger people getting involved with it."
If you like the outdoors and you like a challenge, this is a can't miss.
"I think it’s something that's not available everywhere," said Peggy Long, general manager at Orvis Sandanona. "It's something unique, something different and exciting."
And Ross adds: "It’s adventure. It's exciting. It’s very country casual, as we like to say."
For more information, click here to visit the Orvis website.
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