The Cabela's Club Family Outdoor Days is a great opportunity for the entire family to get outside and either participates in shooting sports and fishing for the first time or for the first time in years. This is an action packed fun day for the entire family.
This year's event was a huge success with over 400 attendees. Activities included trap, skeet, 5 stand and sporting clays, .22 rile shoot and airsoft, archery , fly fishing, fishing pond, camping and lunch.
The qualified firearms instructors and range safety officers helped shooters by providing education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms while engaging the various stations with one on one instruction.
At the archery station the Tacoma Sportsmen Archery group coached new shooters along side Pro Staffers from BowTech Archery. Shooters learned basic use of archery equipment and were able to engage targets out to 80 yards if desired. Those who brought along their own archery equipment were welcome to shoot the 35 target 3D course set up in as realistic hunting situations.
The certified or expert fly fishing experts taught the basics of casting techniques and the proper use of fly fishing gear.
The fishing pond is always one of my favorite places. The way a kid's face lights up when they get a fish on is priceless. Kids learned how to bait and cast their lines, remove the fish from the hook and even clean their own fish.
I took joy in demonstrating the sound of elk bugles and cow calf talk. Many of the adults and kids did not know that elk had a language or that they made noise at all. It was fun to watch the kids faces when they heard the sound of their first bugle. One little boy had a naturally good scream that we were able to develop into a great sounding elk bugle.
There was even a black powder demonstration and a handgun basics demonstration with open questions and answers.
When the day's events drew to a close, many families stayed and camped, enjoying the campfire with new friends and family.