Nov 23 2014

Improved Shooting Technique Doubles As Christmas Candy Twist

With the holiday's upon us, everyone's sweet tooth seems to come alive and a nice bit of fudge served with a warm drink or cold glass of milk just seems to be the right thing at the right time.

The following shooting tip and treat is from my upcoming book "Shooting & Cooking with Old Boots & Bacon Grease," and both are easy to follow instructions that will end with good results.

Doing the twist in a shooting station is not very conducive to consistently breaking a target, and being in an uncomfortable position when touching off a shot is a common mistake.

As noted in an earlier shooting tip, a shooter should be balanced (both physically and mentally) in order to perform the necessary skills to break a target or hit a bird in the air. This means your front foot (left if you are right handed and right if you are left handed) should be pointing to the spot where you will attempt to break the target. Your back foot should be about 14-18 inches behind and parallel to your front foot.

Mount the shotgun into your shoulder, pointing to the spot where the target will be broken, and make minor adjustments to your body until you are comfortable. That comfortable feeling is what you are attempting to achieve each time you touch off a shot.

Here is where a slight – not excessive – twist is tossed into the mix.

Moving from the waist up (that means keeping your feet in your balanced position), twist your upper body until you are in a good position to first see your target.

This upper body shift from the break point to the focal point may mean you are slightly uncomfortable for a moment as you see the target, start your shotgun swinging and move to your break point.

When you get that comfortable feeling, pull the trigger and smash that target.

A little twist – in this case pretzel twists – are also a factor in the following recipe for an easy chocolate treat that has become a holiday favorite in our family. This is a soft fudge that will melt if exposed to too much heat, so it should be kept cool until served.

Just a Little Twist Pretzel Fudge
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 2 cups pretzel pieces

Heat first five ingredients in a large pan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until well mixture is smooth and marshmallows are melted. Stir in pecans, coconut and pretzel pieces. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet and spread until mixture is about one-quarter of an inch thick. Cool in the refrigerator for about an hour. Cut into pieces and serve with hot coffee or cold milk.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and let's get shooting!