A Father’s Day forecast of a mostly sunny and breezy day with a high in the mid-80s beats the heavy rain that wiped out the original May 29 date for N.C. Hunter Supply’s fifth annual 3D shoot and benefit for N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen.
Regulars, newcomers, friends and families will gather at 9 a.m. June 19 at Tar River Archery Club, at 4492 N.C. 39 near Bunn. Many will shoot, and others will be there for the popular benefit raffle, said Justin Rogers, owner of N.C. Hunter Supply, an archery shop in Raleigh.
“We sell our raffle tickets for $5 per ticket or five for $20,” he said. “We have $3,000 to $4,000 in prizes that we’ll give away.”
Top prizes include a $1,000 Obsession bow, a three-day hunt in Illinois and a $500 voucher for taxidermy work from Safari West Studio of Raleigh.
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The informal atmosphere of the benefit shoot is a good opportunity for newcomers to experience a 3D archery course, which uses life-size foam animals with scoring rings.
“It take a hunting scenario and turns it into a target archery tournament,” Rogers said.
The money raised from entry fees, target sponsorships and donations will help disabled individuals participate in outdoor recreation.
“The money raised from all the sponsors allows us to buy an adaptive shooting rig,” said Ed Mays of Nags Head, president of N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen, which the Army veteran founded with four other outdoorsmen in 2005.
Last year’s gear recipient, Dustin Sholar of Duplin County, is expected to demonstrate his adaptive crossbow.
In recent years, the group has focused on serving people under 21 and providing equipment and family outings, Mays said.
“This is for the kids,” Mays said. “The last thing on your radar is recreation when you’re worried about medication and bills, so that’s the reason we do it the way we do.”
Youth shoot: The N.C. Youth Shooting Foundation will conduct a 50-bird sporting clays shoot June 18 at Deep River Sporting Clays, 284 Cletus Hall Road, Sanford. Grades 4-12 can compete. Registration is 8-8:30 a.m. Cost is $20. New shooters should print a waiver at ncysf.org. Contact executive director Jeff Thurow at 910-429-6025.
Reef meeting: The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public meeting on a proposed new artificial reef about 8 nautical miles off Oregon Inlet at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Dare County Administrative Building in Manteo. Go to http://bit.ly/1UUXXGx.
Bass fishing: The Lexington duo of Samuel Thomas and Scott Faulkner caught five bass totaling 29.53 pounds to win the inaugural Piedmont Bass Classics Metal Mania Invitational on June 11 on Falls Lake. Their winnings totaled $1,476.
The Piedmont Bass Classics $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail Championship is June 18 on Jordan Lake out of Farrington Point.
Go to piedmontbassclassics.com.
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