The Great Falls Shooting Sports Complex and the Missouri River Shooters association hosted a free rifle sight-in day for non-members on Saturday.
Organizers say area sportsmen and women will be out and on the hunt for elk, mule and white-tailed deer, along with antelope.
They say the day was all about making sure hunting rifles shoot accurately as the fall season gets underway.
“We can teach people how to zero in their firearms; a lot of people that do have firearms aren’t experienced with doing that, so most of the guys here helping have done a lot of this so they can help people do it much quicker using fewer rounds,” said Maxwell Kern, Vice President of The Missouri River Shooters Association.
Kern says zeroing in hunting rifles improves accuracy so that hunters can shoot and kill their targets in one round versus having to take multiple shots.
“I feel it’s being a sportsman; being able to drop an animal in one round is a skill and I’ve personally been out hunting when I’ve heard people just take multiple rounds at an animal and I’m sure they’re not dropping them in the first round. I personally have shot five large game animals with one round each.”
- Reported by Keeley Van Middendorp