Jim Fox

AMA Sportsmen Association host popular “Turkey Shoot” again this year



By Ron Giofu


A popular event at the AMA Sportsmen Association continued again this year with local youth and adults taking aim at some prizes.

The annual “turkey shoot” was held last Wednesday night with a total of 151 shooters using air rifles and aiming for paper targets all to see who could compile the highest score. The event was assisted by the AMA Longbeards with that organization donating the funds to let the “turkey shoot” happen.

There was no cost to the participants, noted air rifle co-ordinator Jim Fox.

“It’s all free,” he said.

Fox indicated the goal is to welcome adults and children to the AMA Sportsmen Association to try out air rifle and see what the club is all about. He added that it was to “get them off the couch and away from the video games.”

Many participants came from the Scouting and Guiding movements and all participants received some sort of prize. Winners received a gift card for a free night of shooting at the club and an order of fries, though all are welcome to attend Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. to shoot for $3.

“It’s a full night of shooting,” said Fox.

Peyton Fox-Thomas is instructed by Felicia Georgiu and Kimberley McEvoy during the Jan. 16 “turkey shoot” at the AMA Sportsmen Club.

Archery is Monday nights and the public is welcome to that as well.

“Our main objective is to get kids back to basics,” said Fox. “It’s a family thing.”

There were only two entrants in the 0-5 age group, both girls. Avery Deslippe won first prize while Marli Miller won second. Winners in the 6-10 age group included Eddie Vigneux, Andrew Dinney and Josh Shepley on the boys side while Lucy Goulin, Sophia Harlow and Alivia Cossarini won on the girls side.

The top shooters on the boys and girls categories came from the 11-15 age group with J.D. Alferd and Kendra MacKinnon winning it respectively. Other boys winners, first through third, included Aidan MacKinnon, Brady Buchanan and Steven Reaume while Mia Cossarini, Phoebe Trealout and Sydney Harlow were the girls’ winners.

The top adult was Felicia Greory. Steven Reaume won the air rifle raffle.

The AMA Sportsmen Association will also be hosting parents, grandparents and children Feb. 2 for the annual building of wood duck boxes. That is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.


AMA Sportsmen Club holds annual turkey shoot



By Jolene Perron


Crowds flooded the AMA Sportsmen’s Club to take their best shot at the annual turkey shoot last week.

Once a week on Wednesdays, the club holds air rifle nights where kids can come in and learn about gun handling, safety, and learn how to shoot for less than $5. Each year, they also hold a special free night to bring people to the club who may have never shot a gun before, with the ability to earn prizes.

Jim Fox, coordinator of the turkey shoot and volunteer with the club said no one ever leaves empty handed.

The AMA Sportsmen Association held its annual turkey shoot last Wednesday night. An estimated crowd of 175 shooters participated in the air rifle event.

“Once a year we have the turkey shoot, which is a free event just to promote the club and get everyone interested in the area, and promote shooting,” said Fox. “We are trying to get the kids to get off of the computers, the phones, and do something else. It’s been going on for a long time, and we’re just trying to keep it going. It’s one of the biggest events we have here.”

The ad read “no turkeys will be harmed at this event,” and they kept true to their promise, with just the photo of a turkey printed on a sheet to see who takes the best shots.

On hand were a number of volunteers just like Fox who teach the importance of gun safety and ensure everyone who handles a gun not only has fun, but also learns how to shoot properly and safely.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger, and that’s the biggest thing is trying to keep the kids involved,” said Fox. “There was a time when kids weren’t doing much and for a couple of years things were dying down and now it’s really picking up. I enjoy doing this. This is my relax time. It’s good when you see the kids having fun.”
For more information about the AMA Sportsmen Club and how you can get involved, visit www.amasportsmen.com.