Launching A Clay Target
The Elks Lodge will host a sporting clay shoot benefit on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club in Clarendon to benefit the Elks Home Service Program dedicated to helping persons with Cerebral Palsy.
The cost is $40 per shooter or $200 for a squad of five if a company team is formed. The price includes 50 targets and free lunch, a micro-massage and music.
The first flight is scheduled for 9 a.m. and a second flight is set for 11 a.m. Lunch starts at 12:30 p.m.
Todd Bowersox, activities committee chair at the Elks Lodge in Warren, said there will be ten different stations with five targets per station. He is encouraging members and guests to shoot at the benefit that will include a mix of target presentations going away, incoming, crossers, quarters, rabbits, teals, overheads and underfoot targets.
"Any event or activity that we do, 70 percent of the proceeds go to Cerebral Palsy," said Bowersox.
There will also be shooting games like "Miss N Out" and "Annie Oakley" as well as "Shoot the Judge" where for $1 a shell you can shoot targets with a gun made by Taurus that shoots shotgun shells. After both flights are complete shooters can use their own gun and shells for additional rounds of sporting clays for $15.
The club previously used manual trap machines where someone had to sit in front of the machines and pull a chord to send the target flying. Three years ago the club purchased automatic trap machines and Mike Fadale, president of the Kalbfus Gun Club, said the investment has pretty much paid for itself.
"We're probably, in our area, the only club with all automatic traps. They are battery powered, we just turn them on and we can go through all 10 stations without anybody sitting in the trap house," said Fadale. "We have a winter league here, it's pretty much maintenance free."
Stations during the competition will be manned by Boy Scouts and the scholastic trap team.
"They'll be my guys at the stations...you'll carry your gun from station to station, they'll have shells, you'll hand your scorecard to the scorer, the trapper will explain what targets you're going to see and the first shooter goes up and shoots five targets," Bowersox said.
Shooters can show up at the Kalbfus Club on the day of the event, though Bowersox said pre-registration is preferred. If it's a cold day on Oct. 19, there will be fire rings set up throughout the course.
A Warren County native, Bowersox says hunting is in his DNA. "I've never had anyone say they didn't want to come back," he said.
"The methodology that I've learned over the years through all the training classes and certifications that I have from the National Sporting Clays Association is safety and methodology and being calm and assertive. Teaching people and giving them the tools to feel comfortable handling a gun," he said.