Mid-November brings chances to test your shooting skills and perhaps take home a prize from a turkey shoot fund-raising event.
The lucky shooter whose shotgun pellet hits closest to the mark wins a prize – often a frozen turkey or breakfast sausages. The group conducting the shoot wins, too, gaining funds for its activities.
One of those groups is the Elevation Fire Department in Johnston County, which is conducting its annual shoot at 7p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 22-23 at 1825 Federal Road, Benson.
“We’ve been doing it for over 20 years,” fire chief Timmy Stanley said Tuesday. “We could have 100 or so per night or maybe a little more. It used to be one of the biggest (fundraisers); now it’s the smallest due to the economy. Instead, it’s sort of giving back to our community: We open up and we have a lot of people hanging out just for the fellowship.”
Participants pay about $4 a shot, depending on the prize being offered for the flight.
“There’s 12 on a board – 12 people will pay and shoot, and there should be a winner out of the 12,” Stanley said.
For more information, call 919-894-1410, or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Elevation-Fire-Department/148041288592606.
More shoots are open to the public:
• Raleigh: The Raleigh Moose Family Center’s annual Turkey Shoot Fund-raising Series continues at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 14.
The shoot is located on Forestville Road near the intersection with U.S. 401.
“It keeps getting better, 50 to 70 people a night. The more the merrier,” treasurer Larry Hopkins said.
Proceeds benefit projects such as Mooseheart, a residential school in Illinois for children in need, and Moosehaven, a retirement home for Loyal Order of the Moose members in Florida.
The fee is about $4 per shot, varying with the prize. Targets and ammo are provided, and a house shotgun is available. For details, call 919-266-5419 or check www.facebook.com/raleighmoose.
• Four Oaks: The Blackman’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, 5813 N.C. 96 S., will host its annual turkey shoot at 7 p.m. Nov. 15-16, Nov. 22-23 and Nov. 25-27. Cost is about $3-$5 per shot. Call 919-207-0438.
Reward passes $20,000: Donations from several organizations, including $7,500 from the N.C. Wildlife Federation, have pushed the reward to $21,000 for information about the killings of two red wolves on Oct.28 and Oct.30 in Washington County, according to federation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service news releases.
The wolves, protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, were wearing radio collars. The Red Wolf Coalition, the Humane Society of the United States and the Center for Biological Diversity also are contributing to the reward.
Anyone with information can contact resident agent in charge John Elofson at 404-763-7959; Frank Simms, the Alligator River National Wildlife refuge officer, at 252-216-7504 or N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at 252-216-8225.
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