It was a chilly 48 degree fall morning in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, the leaves were just beginning to change color and the brisk wind sporadically blew them off the trees. I bundled up, wrapped a scarf around my neck and started to walk from my lodging at the Inn at Pocono Manor to my adventure location for the day at the neighboring Manor Sports.

During the scenic walk on the million dollar mile, a street filled with grand homes along the golf course, my nose turned a Rudolph shade of red and my fingers felt like frozen french fries.

But, that would all be forgotten once I had a 20 gauge shot gun in my hands.
Rifle Ready for Skeet Shooting Pocono Mountains

Today, Mike and Loretta at Manor Sports would be teaching me how to skeet shoot, a sport that involved mechanically propelling clay disks into the air and then attempting to shoot them down.

Hopefully, this lesson will include me actually hitting a clay disk or, dare I wish, two.

Skeet Shooting Site at Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

We loaded my shot gun on a golf cart and headed out to the skeet shooting range, which was all mine at the moment.

Lucky for me, but even luckier for the potential folks who would have been at risk around me.

I had exactly one round of bullets, 25, to accomplish this bucket list goal of hitting a clay pigeon and for the first ten shots it wasn’t looking too promising.
Skeet Shooting Rifle Bullets Pocono Mountains

Being that I am not coordinated, the numerous amounts of directions were baffling my concentration. “Put the safety on, load the bullet with the metal facing you, don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.”

Don’t want to end up with a missing big toe or anything. 

“Put the base of the gun high on your shoulder, keep your cheek pressed against the gun, your head should be one with the gun, you are its eyes. Close one eye to aim, turn off the safety and remember to say “pull” to release the clay pigeon and, of course, shoot the gun.” Ugh.
Annette Skeet Shooting in Pocono Mountains, Pennstlvania

My shots were too high, too low, too far to the left and so on.

After painfully watching my failures, Mike set one clay pigeon on the ground and told me to shoot it to see if my eye aim was off balance. Pressure.

I hit it dead center. That wasn’t the problem. 

He then told me that after I said pull, count to one thousand one and then shoot. I immediately hit my first one after this tip.

There were two more dead pigeons due to my expert shooting skill and I was thrilled. 3 out of 25, 4 if you count the one on the ground, was a complete success in my eyes.
Annette White Skeet Shooting Bruise in Pocono Mountains

The next morning I woke up with an immense feeling of accomplishment, and also a baseball size bruise on my upper arm.

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Manor Sports is not only for skeet shooting, it is also filled with bucket list activities for the entire family: archery, mountain biking, sledding, fishing, cross country skiing, etc. For more information check out Manor Sports.

Disclosure: I was a guest of  The Inn at Pocono Manor and Manor Sports, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.