Craig Trap Club fired up for annual Turkey Shoot
If you’ve yet to make plans for the main course of your Thanksgiving meal, you may have the opportunity to win your bird. But, you’d better be a good shot.
Craig Trap Club will host its annual Turkey Shoot starting at 10 a.m. Sunday at its gun range west of Craig, north of Highway 40.
Organizer Nancy McStay said the group has about 30 frozen turkeys that will be awarded to the greatest marksmen of a shotgun competition, as participants of all ages take aim at targets for the poultry at stake. Other food prizes, such as slabs of bacon, are also being offered.
“Our hope is that everyone will be able to go home with something,” she said.
Trap Club member Dick King said the tradition of a turkey shoot has been in Craig for decades, a twist on the older idea of shooting at live turkeys that have been made stationary, usually in a cage.
Today, the phrase “turkey shoot” is synonymous with a non-taxing physical challenge, but the amount of moving targets shooters can nail while hunkered down make it far more testing and fun.
Additionally, those who are new to shooting can take on the activity without any pressure, and if they enjoy it, the Trap Club’s Polar Bear League competitions later this winter are open to them.
The Turkey Shoot, which will also be offered leading up to Christmas, will include lunch for all.
“It’s good companionship, and people can just get together and talk about guns,” King said.
Local land managers have proposed allowing the public to rent out Sarvis Cabin on the banks of the Yampa River just below Stagecoach Reservoir.