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Sport: Hunting
Endangered Species of Skeet   (+6)  [vote for, against]
Almost as satisfying as the real thing

Somewhat inspired by exploding petrol skeet..

Fashion clay pigeons to resemble those species of animals that you really want to shoot, but certain federal laws prohibit you from doing so.

You could fill those with petrol as well, although you'd get a better blast from sawdust stabilized TNT...
-- Mr Burns, Aug 05 2002

According to this article http://www.riverrep...tdoor/97/target.htm
...skeet shooting *already* realistically mimics a wide variety of real animals. Except possibly webmasters. [DrCurry, Aug 05 2002]

And this course
...should help you with those tricky webmasters. [DrCurry, Aug 05 2002]

Clay pigeons don't look very much like the real ones. How exactly would you launch your clay turkeys, mountain lions, elephants, webmasters, etc.?
-- DrCurry, Aug 05 2002

With a large water balloon slingshot
-- Mr Burns, Aug 05 2002

As long as they explode, you get a croissant!
-- dag, Aug 05 2002

DrCurry: Yes, the flight path of a clay disc is SO close to a partridge, even seasoned hunters fail to notice they are not real..not that changing the shape would affect flight path in any way.

Bliss: I dunno.. maybe someday. I live in Detroit.
-- Mr Burns, Aug 05 2002

In the olden days, pigeons were flat and round and indistinguishable from modern skeet. However, the principles of natural selection have led to pigeons evolving to look less and less like the clay targets. This is unfortunate for the practitioners of the sport, but lucky for the pigeons.
-- pottedstu, Aug 06 2002

I like this and the exploding skeet idea. To get round the problems of actually triggering the explosions and collateral damage how about making them from jelly (jello)? When they were hit they would still explode in a satisfying way, plus the sight of a giant, green jelly panda wobbling across the sky before being blasted into vapour would be vastly amusing. And the debris would be bio-degradable. You'd have to launch them at a lower velocity though, to avoid premature break-up.
-- DrBob, Aug 06 2002

Alternately, the joke could take the path of: "The yellow breasted Winchester clays have become in short supply recently. You should exercize caution while at the skeet range, so as not to accidentally lay waste to any of the yellow breasted Winchesters zipping around the field".

But, I think I prefer the idea of a big clay Bald Eagle (loaded with explosive matter) being flung into the air for me to blast.
-- Mr Burns, Aug 06 2002

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