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Shooting at a Thanksgiving dinner

The Craig Trap Club to host turkey shoot events

John Vandelinder

Ray Beck, who has been shooting trap for about six years, watches a trap explode and fall to the ground while competing in the Craig Trap Club 2006 Turkey Shoot. The Craig Trap Club is holding its annual turkey shoot at 10 a.m. today.

— With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the opportunity to score that perfect turkey to serve Thursday is here.

The Craig Trap Club is holding its annual turkey shoot at 10 a.m. today.

The Trap Club will be hosting several different shooting events, with prizes ranging from slabs of bacon to smoked whole turkeys.

For the faint at heart, don’t worry, the participants won’t be shooting at live turkeys.

They shoot at clay pigeons.

“We’ve been doing this for at least 15 to 20 years now,” Craig Trap Club president Kent Nielson said. “It has turned into a really fun time for shooters.”

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Nielson said experience with shooting isn’t an issue for interested participants. No need for a gun, camouflage clothing or a subscription to Colorado Hunter magazine.

“We had a guy out here last year that had never fired a gun before,” he said. “He won the first three turkeys last year. How about that for experience?”

Clay targets, or “pigeons,” are propelled from a trap house 15 to 20 feet in the air, at speeds up to 50 mph. Participants steady their shotguns, aim and fire.

Entry fees vary from $3 to $5, depending on the prize. If you are eying a particular slab of bacon, $3 gets you into that round. If the 25-pound smoked turkey has gotten your attention, you’ll pay $5 per round for the chance to take the big bird home.

“We have around 60 people turn out each year,” Nielson said. “We’ve had great weather lately, so we should have a pretty good turn out again. We’ll probably hand out 30 or so turkeys this year.”

The Trap Club has made the event easy for the inexperienced to partake in the activities, but they also have kept the serious hunter in mind.

“Pheasant season is coming up,” Nielson said. “It’s a great way to get some practice time in.”