Outdoors Notebook

Time for shooters to try for prizes, support students

CorrespondentOctober 30, 2013 

If bacon or cheese is a prize, then it must be fall turkey shoot season at the Gorman Ruritan Club in Durham.

Anyone with – or even without – a shotgun can compete for prizes ranging from ham and barbecue to turkeys and rib-eye steaks each Friday night from late September through mid-December.

The contests provide family fun, help newcomers learn about shooting and raise funds for college scholarships and community assistance, said Harvey Wall, a club volunteer who runs the shoots with Jon Rathbone, also of Durham.

“Our turkey shoot usually raises enough scholarship money for three rising college freshmen. The more we make, though, the more scholarships we give,” said Wall, who works at his family’s Public Hardware store downtown and is a morning cameraman for WTVD-TV.

The scholarships, which cover $500 to $1,000 for books and expenses, are funded by the $1 to $5 entry fees for each round of shooting. The name of each flight winner goes into a box, and one name is drawn to go on the board for the Dec. 13 shoot-off for a chance to win one of every prize, Wall said.

“Two years ago, a guy had shot one night,” Wall said. “He won and got on the board. And he came back for the shoot-off, and he actually won it. I think he shot three times all year. He definitely came out pretty good on that one.”

The shoot, with 90-foot targets, is located at 2309 E. Geer St., near Walmart. A typical night will see about 80 shooters ages 5 to mid-70s. Flights run from 7 p.m. until about 9:30, but shooters should arrive by 8 to be sure of getting a shot, Wall said.

The rules are simple: 36-inch or shorter barrel; no bull barrels; no scopes. A house shotgun is available, and a newcomer usually can borrow a shotgun from a regular.

“Really all you need to know is that we have a strict policy on alcohol,” Wall said. “Everybody knows alcohol and guns don’t mix. Come out with a good attitude. We’re out there to raise money for the Ruritan Club and the community.”

Learn more at www.gormanruritan.com.

Fly-fishing classes: Several spots remain in the one-day fly-fishing courses for beginners and intermediate-level fly fishers being offered by the Great Outdoor Provision Company on Saturday and Nov. 9 at Clearwater Lake in Chapel Hill.

The eight-student classes cover cold-water, warm-water and saltwater species. The fee is $175. Call 919-933-6148 or register at www.greatoutdoorprovision.com.

Commission to meet: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 7 at commission headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive on the N.C. State Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

Live audio will be available at www.ncwildlife.org under Public Notices and Pending Rules.

On Nov. 6, the fisheries committee meets 9-11 a.m.; big game, 11-noon; land use and access, 1:30-3 p.m.; and committee of the whole, 3-5 p.m.

Running a turkey shoot? Send details to outdoors@newsobserver.com.

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