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Shoot for turkeys this weekend

Posted: November 16, 2012 - 12:03am

The Juneau Gun Club will be holding the 60th annual Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Shooting Complex.

Community members are invited to participate in this test of shooting skill for a chance to win turkeys (frozen, not live, of course).

According to a release this week from the JGC, participants will have a chance to try their skill at a conventional trap shooting competition, as well as card, bubble shoots and Annie Oakley-style competitions. Competitors may bring their own shotgun or use a club shotgun for these events. The JGC said that 12-gauge shells can be provided.

At the south side of the ADF&G facility, there will be both conventional bulls-eye pistol and rifle events. On the northern side of the facility, the Juneau Archery club will be holding bulls-eye archery shoots. Both handguns, small-bore rifles, as well as bows and arrows, will be available for use by participants.

For the Juneau Gun Club, the event will be chaired by Geoff Whistler, a second-generation trap shooter and former JGC club president. He will be assisted by a host of JGC member volunteers. Tom Boutin will be the Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation event chair and Kirk McBride will be the event chair for the archery club.

The JGC stated that no personal handguns, rifles or bows and arrows will be allowed.

This event is organized in conjunction with the JGC, the Juneau Archery Club and the Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation.

In an email, JGC President Mal Menzies wrote “Our records are not that good, but the Juneau Gun Club was formally organized in 1952 and an annual community turkey shoot has been held ‘most’ years since then by the club.” In other words, this event is a long-held Juneau tradition.

Food service will be offered by Juneau’s Helping Hands during the event.

• For more information, go online to www.juneaugunclub.com.

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