|John target practicing with a .22 long rifle.|
Why potatoes? You might ask?
|Shot from the side with a .22 rifle.|
Reason # 1: Mashed Potatoes Are Yummy and there is no more fun a way to make mashed potatoes! Assuming you can find any of the pieces after you shoot it. Potatoes tend to explode quite spectacularly when hit with a 12 gauge shot gun. Exploding spuds also supply an unrivaled giggle factor.
Reason # 2 Potatoes are biodegradable so you don't have to run around gathering up the pieces when you are done. Potatoes will rot away in just a couple of days leaving the area clean and just a little more fertile than it was before you were there.
Reason # 3: Potatoes are a renewable rescource. Under the right conditions potatoes will grow into new plants, resulting in more potatoes. They could potentially be a never ending supply of these little brown quail lookalikes!
|Shot from the end with a .22 this one split rather evenly|
Reason # 5: Most importantly, they look like quail. The coloration and size of Idaho potatoes is very similar to the size and shape and coloring of the Gambol's quail that are so prevalent here in Southern Arizona. This means that when a buddy randomly throws a potato baseball style toward any of the dozen or so nearby bushes, and you squint real hard while standing on one foot and listening to psychedelic punk rock, it looks just like a flushing quail. Potatoes also blend into the surrounding desert, have a similar speed, and stay in the air a similar amount of time. When the shot is taken starting with your shotgun in the resting position down by your hips You get a really accurate representation of the same reaction shooting needed to consistently hit the quail in a real hunting situation.