Sgt. Tom Tolley, a conservation officer with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says it's a great teaching tool. "This is our hunting scenario, we bring the hunters in, let them make decisions on shooting, either take a shot or not take a shot, make sure they have good shot placement of the vital areas when they do take a shot. When they take a bad shot, we explain to them why it's a bad shot, if there's an animal crossing behind them or in the roadway."
Kids of all ages love to pick up the laser gun and try to tag a buck. The adults love it too. Patience is the key, and a lack of patience shows up in your score.
"They love to do it. It's hard to get in line with the kids there, but the adults love to do it. The scores are usually in the negative because they don't have the patience to wait for the shot and the adults are usually in the negative too, because their patience is sometimes lacking."
Just like in the woods! This hunting simulator hasn't been around long, only a year or so, but the DNR's put it to good use. Thousands of people have entered the trailer, picked up the gun and picked out a shot.
"It's a great machine, we use it in our training scenarios for law enforcement training, plus out here for the public. We try to get it out to different events. It's scheduled out of Charleston. We've used it at the Jake's Day, the Putnam County Kid's Day, we used it at the Boy Scouts."
And if you see this trailer out, get in line...it's worth the wait to take a shot and learn some patience.
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