I have noticed a bit of a decline in the numbers of shooters attending short range BR matches in the later half of this year.
I hope this isn't an ongoing trend but just to try and gauge the general sentiment out there I'd like to pose a couple of questions to the forum in the attempt to get some positive discussion happening on the subject and get the numbers back up where they should be.
Why do you think the numbers are down? Is it the cost? Could it be the travel? or time away from work? or is it the current economic climate in general holding people back (ie all 3)? I know I haven't been able to attend several recent shoots due to work, but is this the case for everyone? Are there too many shoots to choose from?
What can we do to overcome these issues and get more regular shooters attending?
What can we do to attract new shooters to our sport? In particular juniors but also shooters of all ages? Do you know someone who would like to try Benchrest but is holding back? If so why? What can we be doing to help them attend.
I know some of these are age old questions but why not have some healthy discussion on the subject?