Ready, aim, gobble!

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

People of all ages headed to the AMA Sportsmen Association clubhouse for their annual Air Rifle Turkey Shoot last Wednesday where, despite the event’s name, there was no poultry in sight.

Instead, over 200 participants took aim at paper cards featuring images of turkeys and a variety of numbers. After firing at their target five times with an air rifle, the shooters’ scores were totalled and prizes were given to the top scores among three different age groups for kids. Organizer Bob Dube said no child walks out of the event empty handed.

A participant takes aim during the AMA Sportsmen Association’s annual Turkey Shoot on Jan. 20 at the AMA Sportsmen Club. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

A participant takes aim during the AMA Sportsmen Association’s annual Turkey Shoot on Jan. 20 at the AMA Sportsmen Club. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

“I don’t believe in any kid being a loser,” said Dube, who started the event a number of years ago. “Every kid walks out of here with a $5 bill on the back of their score card.”

Kids weren’t the only ones who could take part, as parents were also encouraged to take aim and try to claim one of the top spots in the special adult prize group. Although the night is primarily for kids, Dube said it’s a good chance for parents to get out and participate in an activity with their children.

“It hits closer to home when you get up and shoot with them,” said Dube.

When he first started the Turkey Shoot it attracted around 130 people, which Dube considered to be a great turnout. Now it draws in well over 200 participants, with a near-packed house at the AMA club last week. Even though he was initially the brains behind the event, Dube stressed that the evening would not be possible without an entire team to help set up and run the Turkey Shoot.

For more information about upcoming events at the AMA Sportsmen Association, visit their website at www.amasportsmen.com.

 

 

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