By Ron Giofu
A long-standing tradition continued March 12 at the AMA Sportsmen Association.
The club held its “Big Buck Sunday” event, something club member Brian Beattie said has been happening for the last 18 or 19 years.
While antlers were measured and scored, it wasn’t just about the “biggest buck.” A variety of vendors were brought in with anything from ATV’s to hunting equipment as well as lures, taxidermy, blankets, knitting, food and wood carvings among other things.
“We open the room to vendors,” said Beattie. “A lot of these vendors have been here for a while.”
There is no charge for vendors for the annual event, he added.
The day also coincided with the first 3-D shoot of the season, an event where animal replicas with targets are laid out on a piece of nearby land and arrows are shot into them. A perfect score is 300 with awards such as patches and pins handed out for scorers who approach it.
“You’ve got to be able to judge the distance to get an accurate shot,” said Beattie. “It’s a fun thing.”
There were 52 shooters including about 15 children in the 3-D shoot. An additional 60 came for breakfast.
The next 3-D shoots are April 9, May 28, Aug. 20 and Sept. 24.
“Big Buck Sunday”is a tradition that looks to be continuing well into the future.
“We’ll continue as long as everyone comes out and enjoys themselves,” Beattie stated.