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4-H shooting club hosting fund-raiser

The big week is almost here for Zach and Jacob Pearson.

The brothers are competing June 27 to 30 at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational in Columbia, Mo. But first, the Moffat County 4-H Shooting Club hopes to help them pay for the trip.

On Saturday, the club will host the “Fund-raising Fun Match,” a .22-caliber small bore silhouette shooting match, at the Cedar Mountain Range, operated by Bears Ears Sportsmans Club.

” It’s a fun opportunity for people to come out and support our top junior shooters,” coach Laura Tyler said. “These guys have worked hard, and we want to support them.”

The Pearson brothers finished second (Zach) and third (Jacob) in the air pistol portion of the state competition in the fall. They will be two of four shooters representing Colorado at the national tournament.

Since qualifying, they have been practicing three times a week in preparation for Missouri.

In April, they attended a match in Colorado Springs and both had personal bests.

“We’ve been preparing for a long time,” Jacob said. “We hope to peak just at the right time for nationals.”

The brothers have had to learn two new disciplines of air pistol competition. They will be competing not only in off-hand target shooting, which they qualified in, but also in silhouette and rapid fire shooting.

Jake said it was fitting that the fund-raiser was going to be a silhouette shoot.

“We’ve had to learn it during this time, so it works,” he said.

Silhouette shooting involves steel targets that are knocked down when hit. On Saturday, there will be four sets of 10 silhouettes in each round.

“It’s a fun way to compete,” Tyler said.

There are four classes for the matches: pistol open sights; pistol barrel sights; rifle open sights; rifle barrel sights.

Each 40-round match costs $5, and the matches begin at 9:30 a.m.

“We’ll go until dark or until we run out of shooters,” Tyler said.

Requirements for a competitor are safety glasses, ear protection, a rifle or pistol and $5 a round.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.