Trap shooting enthusiasts look forward to it every year.
And this year was no exception for shooters from across the region who came together for the 24th Annual Plains Trap Club Turkey Shoot last Saturday.
With a wide range of meat waiting to be claimed by the top shooters from around 35 who took part in this year’s event, shotgun blasts and good-natured jokes were among the goods on display.
For Sandpoint, Idaho resident Edward Feldkamp, the annual event has become one marked on his calendar.
“I’ve been coming here for a few years now,” he said between shots of his double-barreled shotgun that most often left orange clay trap targets in hundreds of pieces. “I started the sport a few years ago and I’m really happy with it. It’s a great meeting to attend, lots of good people and good times”.
And although no official results were available, the shooters themselves know who was on target and who was not on what turned out to be a hot, sunny morning on the range, which is located above the city’s waste transfer station and next to the golf course on the northern edge of the plains.
The best snipers in groups of four or five snipers competed to advance to the next round for the chance to win one of the meaty prizes, which included hearty amounts of bacon, beef, sausages and meat. other popular meats for the freezer.
Plains resident Ansel Pederson was among the shooters who, at least in the early rounds, seemed to be enjoying a successful competition.
“It was one of many events I attended,” he said. “I look forward to it every year. It’s always a good time.”