Special to the RTT
Sunday, April 9 was a beautiful day to get out and take a walk in the bush and 89 shooters did just that.
They came to the AMA Sportsmen Club for the second of five 3-D shoots scheduled for this year. This shoot was called the “Rubber Boot Shoot” and as the name says, boots were needed. The 3-D shoots are open to all ages from children to seniors and, as always, kids under 12 shoot free and must be accompanied by an adult.
At each shot, there are 30 full-size 3-D targets, from a rabbit to a moose. Hopefully, if your interests include archery, you will come out May 28 for our next shoot named the “Warm Day Shoot.”
The 2017 indoor archery program ended Monday, April 10. It was a free night for the 40-plus kids who shoot on a regular basis. All shooters enjoyed a special night with balloons to shoot instead of paper targets. There were no shooting fees and free pop and chips for all.
The Monday night shooting is for the kids and their parents as well as any man or woman from the community. This year saw an increasing number of children and women take a serious interest in the sport of archery. During this season, the AMA Sportsmen archer coaches held clinics on various Tuesdays and Saturdays to teach local groups of Boy Scouts, Sparks, Brownies and Squires the basics of archery.
The 2017 indoor air rifle program came to an end April 12. It wrapped up with 30-plus shooters shooting for free and, of course, free pop and chips for all. Earlier this year, the air rifle group held a “turkey shoot” with a large turnout. Everyone present had to shoot and compete for nice prizes, including an air rifle for the top youth shooter. Prize winners must be a fair shot, but more importantly, they must be very lucky! Come out next year and see what I mean.
The AMA Sportsmen Association would like to thank the adults that brought the kids out every Monday and Wednesday since October. A very special thank you to the volunteers and coaches who gave their time and used their knowledge to teach the kids the enjoyment and the rewarding feeling when you hit a “bulls eye” in the sports of archery and rifle.
Starting in mid-October, the AMA Sportsmen plan to open the clubhouse at 468 Lowes Side Road for archery every Monday at 7 p.m. for kids and 8 p.m. for adults and every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for air rifle. Everyone is welcome to come out and join us in either of these sports. Watch this paper or call the club in the fall for exact dates.
The annual Bob Meloche Fishing Derby is coming up on Father’s Day June 18. This is a free event for all children up to age 12. Pre-registration is required. You can register at the Sportsmen Club anytime it is open from June 1-June 10. This year, all kids that participate will receive a free T-shirt thanks to Thrasher Sales & Leasing Ltd.
The AMA Sportsmen Association’s 34th annual walleye tournament is also coming up. This year’s derby runs from June 23-July 1, with the awards party being July 2. As in the past, there are many prizes. There are only 1,000 tickets and they are now on sale. The first 500 buyers will receive a free hat. Follow this paper for times and dates or check out our web page at www.amasportsmen.com.
—Prepared by Brian Beattie