Welcome to Jaunts in Jackson Hole!
Hey everyone! My name is Josie. In addition to selling real estate in Jackson Hole alongside the best group of folks this side of the Mississippi, I’m a mom of two beautiful children (I know everyone thinks this of their children, but mine really are). 🙂 When I’m not busy working or being a mama, I enjoy making the most of this gorgeous place I am privileged to call home! Follow along as I take you on a journey of my jaunts in Jackson Hole…
With winter in full swing, the question that I get asked the most is what is there to do in Jackson if I don’t want to go skiing or hiking up mountains every day? I’m not sure that anyone else gets this question and I can only imagine why I get it so often ;).
Well, friends, the answer is there is much to do here in the wintertime besides skiing, trust me, an apres-ski kinda gal – I know. One of my favorite things to do is head over to the Jackson Hole Gun Range for some good, old-fashioned fun. I went with my dear friends and colleagues, Devon Viehman and Kara Pearson. I signed up for the JH shooting experience, which included the three of us ladies having our private instructor (thanks Zach!) supply us with 30 different guns and 300 rounds of ammo! For three hours we shot handguns, 22’s, AR’s and my personal favorite- long-range rifles. I have to admit, handguns aren’t really my thing, but feel it’s always good to know how to use one…just in case 😉
We had a bit of fun competing over who could go from a position of having their backs turned, to spinning around the other way, to then grabbing the 22 off the table in an attempt to hit the two targets in the least amount of time. If you know me, you’d know I’m not thrilled to announce I wasn’t the winner (Devon was); however, I now have something to set my sights on in the future (no pun intended). Watch out for when I feel more comfortable grabbing the gun off the table more quickly!
Anyways, getting to the good part, we were finally able to get our hands on the coveted distance rifles. After hitting targets at 300 and 400 yards, I was eager to skip ahead to the 600-yarder, post 500 yards of course. Of all the gun ranges I’ve ever been to (not that many), I’ve never had a chance to aim at a 600-yard target. Typically, targets only get as far back as 200, maybe 300 yards making this gun range truly unique! I was definitely EXTRA excited to aim so far away- we are talking a third of a mile! Even though it was a bit cold outside, the gloves came off for the prize (PSA* I would suggest layering up to anyone hitting the range in February).
With Zach whispering in my ear about wind direction and where I should be aiming, I took a breath in, and as I breathed out, I squeezed the trigger slowly. After waiting a few seconds, I was utterly delighted to hear that ding of the bullet hitting the target! I understand that shooting isn’t for everyone, but for a woman from Georgia living in Wyoming, that’s just my game. The best part about the JH shooting experience is that it’s just as much fun for people who have been shooting their entire lives as it is for someone who has never held a gun, and families are welcome! So, whether you’re looking for a new activity, a way to blow off some steam, or just like having a good time with loved ones, you need to check out the Jackson Hole Gun Range.