BOUNTIFUL – Plenty of Davis County residents are getting ready to take aim at a good cause this weekend.
The Bountiful Lions Club is holding itsannual Turkey Shoot this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-18, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Lion’s Club shooting range in Bountiful. The event, which Rangemaster Chuck Cunningham said draws more than 2,000 residents each year, donates 100 percent of the money raised to organizations that support the blind.
“We’ve had the turkey shoot up here every year for 30 years,” said Cunningham. “It just keeps growing.”
Despite the event’s name, residents who take part in the event line up in groups of five to shoot at clay pigeons. Anyone interested can sign up and pay the day of the event, and food is available for purchase.
“Everyone gets five shots, and people have to try and bust as many birds as they can,” said Cunningham. “We don’t shoot turkeys, but the winner does get a frozen one.”
The shoot, which has been going on for generations is a long-standing tradition for many Davis County residents. Cunningham said that families will come up year after year, with people bringing up their children and later grandchildren.
“Everyone comes back,” he said.
Participants choose their own groups of five to compete with, and family competitiveness is often the name of the game.
“People will usually come shoot against their own families,” said Cunningham, who then laughed. “And everyone tries to put dear old dad or grandpa down.”
The Lions Club first became involved with the blind in 1938, when Helen Keller asked the group to become Knights of the Blind. Proceeds from the Turkey Shoot go to support the blind every year, helping out organizations ranging from the Children’s Miracle Network to the John A. Moran Eye Center.
The Bountiful Lions also hold blind shoots every summer, where blind or partially blind children and college students can practice shooting with extra guidance. The Bountiful Jeep Posse also helps with these shoots.
“They’re great,” said Cunningham. “The kids really have a lot of fun.”
The shooting range is located at 1350 N. Skyline Drive in Bountiful.