A few months ago
at 11:30 at night I heard the unmistakable sound of a shotgun blast echoing
off the walls of our valley. Just one shot and it got my attention.
It turned out that one of our neighbors had literally bumped into a cougar
that was hunting on their backyard patio. The gun wasn't fired at the
cougar but rather shot into the air to scare it away. That incident is a
good illustration of why I own a Winchester 1300-12 gage shotgun.
Being so isolated, the only home intruders I'm concerned about are the ones
on four feet and the shotgun is just a tool for scaring them away.
I also own a Ruger
10/22 rifle and I use it for target practice or, as a last resort, to shoot
ground squirrels that evade my Havahart trap and invade the chicken
And finally, my
handgun is a Smith & Wesson model 686 revolver. It's a 38 caliber
pistol that I use for target practice. I originally bought it when I
used to go Kayaking by myself up into the lower Grand Canyon. Once
again my primary concerned wasn't about personal defense as much as having
something to use for signaling for help. The thing is loud and really
gets noticed when fired.
practice, I've set up a target range that is ideal for brushing up on my gun
handling skills. It's flat and is backed up by a large hill that
prevents stray shots from leaving the property. Being able to have a
shooting range in your backyard is one of the luxuries of living in the backcountry. Even so, precautions must be taken and you
must always think about what might be behind the target. As all
gun owners know, depending on the caliber, a stray bullet can travel 2
No mater how isolated we are we take gun storage seriously. All firearms are stored in a locking steel
cabinet with ammunition stored separately.