A while back I discovered a Long Range Instruction Academy in my neighborhood and I thought how kool is that and what better place for a refresher course to catch up on things! Last night FB was lit up by this academy so I tuned in. One question was asked, what’s best thing to do before shooting. Nobody answered it (so I thought) so I chimed in about physical condition, diet including carbonated drinks and over the counter medications such as Sudafed. All of sudden I was unplugged by the moderator and I wondered why? Scratching my head I went back and took a closer look at the conversation and discovered, this wasn’t about shooting ability at all, it was using equipment that maximized long range accuracy so much, ability wasn’t an issue. Ok, not the first time I stuck my boot in my mouth as some of you Ol’Timers here know, but something was different, very different. This morning it hit me, this isn’t 1995 were I remember being back on the 1000 yard line with a piece of string stuck on a stick to monitor wind direction and speed, it’s 2013 with high tech gadgetry “Plug N’ Play” and yes, times have definitely changed. On the way to work I was thinking about one of the shows I record to watch “Long Range Pursuit” showing a group of guys sitting in lawn chairs with optics capable to see the rings on Saturn on some distant and remote Ranch in Mexico while a shooter takes a Desert Ram in the next area code. I can understand someone shooting game where access was impossible up high on a mountain side or time & distance didn’t allow travel, but this was in rolling hills with heavy brush. So what holds for the next Generation of shooters and hunters? Perhaps the next Generation will be sitting on stools taking turns in a Sports Pub operating drones remotely in Africa or the Yukon while everyone is watching live on widescreen TV…..