Soon after my mate announced he was getting married, I got the call from him asking to be his best man. As honoured as I was to be in control of his final night of freedom, I also felt under pressure- I had to give him nothing less than the best day and night of his life, just so he knows what he’s missing once he’s tied the knot. Going out with all our mates on the evening pretty much organises itself, but planning an unforgettable event for the day? That is easier said than done.
Finding an activity that would deliver an intense dose of action, whilst also managing to send the stag off for married life in style, is easier said than done. I couldn’t ask anybody for help choosing anything either- that would be cheating, as it is a vital best man duty to take care of everything. Whilst searching online for great activities near us, I found the website for The Big Shoot. Suddenly, my search was over; this would be an action packed competition that we definitely wouldn’t forget in a hurry.
None of the lads had been shooting before, so this would be a completely unpredictable competition- and there was a chance the stag would be completely humiliated as we all beat him! Looking through the website, I was surprised to find out that there were tons of shooting ranges just a short distance away from us. We didn’t have to worry about travelling for too long before we got back into the city, so we could go straight from the site to the night out afterwards in just a few minutes. The Big Shoot offered great rates on local nights out as part of their package, so it was a no brainer to book with them.
I booked for the group to take part in a 50 clay shoot and just moments later, we were all booked in and ready to go. When I told the group, they couldn’t wait to get their finest country wear on- after all, it was better to wear than the fancy dress they’d be putting on when we hit the town! The stag was still in the dark about what we’d be getting up to, so we decided to buy him the most embarrassing country outfit we could find!
On the day of the stag, everybody was excited to be going clay shooting. Even the stag himself couldn’t wait, despite the awful clothes we made him wear to the site. When we got there, the staff were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to make the experience the best it could possibly be. Once we got onto the range, we were greeted by our trainer, who couldn’t have been better at teaching us to shoot. He was a great laugh and we had a lot of good banter with him- he made the day all the more fun.
When it came to smashing the clays, we had a whale of a time. I never expected it to feel so exhilarating when you hit the target for the first time and smash it to pieces- but it was a lot of fun. I’ll definitely be finding an excuse to get us all back together for another clay shoot sometime soon, as there is no feeling quite like the adrenaline rush when you’ve hit the clay bullseye. Hopefully it won’t be long before I’m booking with The Big Shoot again!