One of my favorite shooting spots is located around the small town of Monitor, located in north central Washington.
It’s partially the location and partially the company that makes this a favorite shooting location. I have fond memories of shooting here with my brother, uncle, and cousins over the years. Dave has an orchard (cherries, apples) with a bit of a dedicated shooting area. Down below, under the metal roof, is a clay thrower for shotguns. We either post targets at the lip of the ravine for pistols or throw them down the hill and shoot down at them.
Indoor ranges are fine and dandy, but for me nothing beats shooting outdoors. Sure, you may not be able to do as much precision work compared to an indoor range, and you have to deal with the elements — but the benefits vastly outweigh the cons.
I took the following set of pictures in 2004 and through the use of photoshop trickery was able to combine them all into a panoramic shot. The end result is not perfect, because I didn’t take the set of pictures initially with the thought of a panoramic in mind. So there are slight variations in the color of the sky, and I had to make some adjustments to the upper left corner of the metal roof because it was not present in any of the four individual shots. I utilized a portion of the panoramic for the header image on this site.