Sharpshooters take home turkeys and more

The 2018 Kenny Johnson Memorial Turkey Shoot was held Nov. 18 at the Meeker Sportsman's Club shooting range, with participants coming from as far as Denver for the event. COURTESY PHOTO
A shooter takes aim at the “turkeys” during the 2018 Kenny Johnson Memorial Turkey Shoot.

MEEKER | The 2018 Kenny Johnson Memorial Turkey Shoot held Nov. 18 at the Meeker Sportsman’s Club Shooting Range from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The weather was beautiful, attendance was good, and everybody had a great time in the various events. Having fun is the whole purpose of this event.

Participants came from as far as Denver to take part. One family had four generations represented, competing and winning events. Most folks took several turns at the different events many times throughout the day.

Events included interactive targets for kids, the bowling pin shoot, the Annie Oakley style shotgun event, two bench rest events, and the off-hand silhouette event. The bowling pin shoot is always the most popular with people lined up to compete all day. The Annie Oakley style shotgun shoot had numerous participants from young to old(er). The bench rest event and the off-hand silhouette shooters bantered, heckled and cheered each other on through each round. Several kids were stiff competition, out-shooting adults and winning prizes or turkeys for their families’ Thanksgiving dinners.

Meeker Sportsman’s Club President John Taylor offers instruction to a young participant at this year’s turkey shoot.

Nearly 60 turkeys were given as prizes and more than 20 additional turkeys were later donated to the Chuckwagon and Radino senior food bank. In addition, The 2018 raffle drawing (for three rifles) was held and the winners are being notified.

The Kenny Johnson Memorial Turkey Shoot is one of several events open to the public that the Meeker Sportsman’s Club hosts throughout the year. The next event at the range will be the Jim Harmon Memorial Black Powder Blanket Shoot in March 2019.

Weekly indoor open archery shoots are on-going each Thursday evening starting at 6:30 p.m., from early November through March at the RBC Fairgrounds.


Special to the Herald Times