Trappin' for turkeys

Craig Trap Club hosts 2006 Turkey Shoot on Saturday

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Diane Calim pulled her shotgun up and fired a round.

"Lost," a judge said as the target dusted into the ground.

No worries, though. Calim and about 20 other competitors had plenty of opportunities to blast clay pigeons Saturday during the annual Craig Trap Club 2006 Turkey Shoot held at the Craig Trap Club west of town on U.S. Highway 40.

Her next shot? A kill.

"Most of them just like shooting guns," Craig Trap Club board member Rob Sovine said. "And some are practicing for shooting birds."

Competitors bought in per event during the four-hour competition, and winners took home a gift certificate for a free turkey or bacon.

Ray Beck, who has been shooting trap for about six years, said he comes out for the camaraderie.

"It's a lot of fun to shoot for sport," Beck said.

Like Beck, Sovine said the Turkey Shoot, which has been going on four about 40 years, is all about friends and shooting.

"This is a fun thing," Sovine said. "We just come out and shoot. It's not competitive."

The Craig Trap Club is gearing up for its polar bear league. Teams consist of five people who shoot twice a week from January through March. The league shoots Thursday nights, using lights and white clay pigeons, and on Sundays.

The club also has three registered shoots with the Amateur Shooting Association, one in May, July and October.

Those interested should call club president Kent Nielson at 824-6223 or Dick King at 824-6544.

Nielson and other club members travel to other ASA shoots to try their luck against competitors in the area circuit.

"A lot of it's just for the camaraderie," Nielson said. "It's a great group of guys out here."

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