Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
At an age when most young men would be happy to move out of their parents' basement, Martin Stubstad wasn't in too much of a rush. That's because back in 1977, Martin was building his own business, Archery Headquarters, bow by compound bow, and his base of operations was in his parents' cellar. Today, the business not only occupies its own space, but it's the go-to shop for hobbyists and professional bows-folk alike. There, quiver-curious visitors can do more than just purchase archery supplies, such as bows, arrows, and apples. Certified instructors teach classes, from a one-lesson intro course to more advanced shooting classes, while archers practice their skills in the shooting lanes on the range.
Thirty years ago, Sun Control had just two part-time window-tint installers. Today, they're 15 strong?each certified to install window films not just in cars, but also in homes and commercial locations. They also benefit interiors by keeping them cool on hot summer days and filtering out damaging UV rays that can fade upholstery. For homes, tinting reduces heating and cooling costs and decreases glare while still allowing in natural light. To ensure proper fit and a seamless look, the 3M certified installers cut films and bless them with a lifetime warranty.
Wild Boar Bar and Grill takes grilling and barbecue seriously. With a menu of smoked brisket, juicy hamburgers, and bacon-wrapped hot dogs, the grill sates any carnivore's craving. They don’t undervalue the contributions of the plant kingdom, however, and also toss fresh salads and bake personal pizzas with a wide range of toppings. Their meat-centric mentality finds its way onto signature sandwiches, such as the Sassy Sow with shredded pork and Jim Beam bourbon sauce. Adventurous diners feast on the Piggy Burger's shredded pork, which is sandwiched between two hamburgers and slices of bacon on a toasted bun.
Those same adventurous diners can also look beyond the menu for a thrill, with a mechanical bull tossing customers nightly and live music—accompanied by only mildly awkward dancing—filling the halls on the weekends. Throughout either event, a wide beer selection fuels further merrymaking.
At the indoor and outdoor riding arenas at Dakota Stables, instructor Donavin Prescott conducts lessons for all experience levels in Western, and English riding styles, running through basic techniques, such as grooming and tacking, as well as more advanced skills. Outside the ranch, guides lead visitors on trail rides exploring local parks and coordinate longer weekend trips or hands-on camps for children aged 8?18. The stable also provides training and boarding services.