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Sharpshooting club sets fundraiser for Saturday

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Members of the Bourbon County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, including
(from left) Adriana Love, Katie Brown and Lawson Owenby, take donations at the Fort Scott Livestock Market in November 2011.(Submitted Photo)
The Bourbon County 4-H Shooting Sports Club will hold a fundraiser Saturday to raise money for more equipment the group needs due to the addition of several new members.

Club members will be selling biscuits and gravy from 8 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company, 2420 S. Main St. The group will also be taking donations and entering people in a free drawing to win a CZ455 American .22 rifle. The rifle is a bolt action, clip-fed .22-caliber rifle valued at $409, Bourbon County 4-H Shooting Sports County Coordinator Barbara Brown said in an email.

"We have had such an influx of new members this year ... that another fundraiser is needed because of the lack of equipment," Brown said.

Young sharpshooters take careful aim at their targets with their BB guns at a meeting of the 4-H Shooting Sports Club earlier this year.(Submitted Photo)
Several merchants in Fort Scott have allowed the group to take donations for the club at their locations, including Fort Scott Livestock Market, Walmart, Woods Supermarket and Tractor Supply. Without their support, the club's fundraisers would not have been as successful, Brown said.

Brown said the club members have achieved a lot in recent years. Several members have won at the state-level competition in air rifle and smallbore 22, and two members -- Jacob Pemberton and Steven Buntain -- have netted honors at the national level.

In April, 14-year-old Katie Brown won the Senior Kansas 4-H Air Rifle Competition in the 14-18 age bracket in Alma, Kan., earning the right to compete at 4-H Nationals this past June. Due to conflicts, she chose to wait until 2013 to try and go, Brown said.

The 4-H National Shooting Sports Competition will be held in Grand Island, Neb., in 2013, and 4-H shooting sports competitors from across the country will attend to try their skills in various disciplines including air rifles, air pistols, .22 rifles, .22 pistols, shotguns and archery.

Proceeds from the fundraiser this year will again be used to add equipment such as ammunition, targets and more to the club's equipment supply for members to use. Equipment and expendable items like targets and ammo must be replenished each year to keep the club going, Brown said.

The fall shooting sports club meets twice a month at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday at the Bourbon County 4-H Building. Instructors are Gary Buntain (rifle), Rocky Brown (pistol), and for those interested in archery (which meets in the spring), Doug Simpson.

Last year, the club raised more than $1,300 to purchase equipment. Club members attended five matches across Kansas last year and four qualified for the state contest in Alma.

For more information on the club or how to join, contact the Bourbon County 4-H Extension Office at (620) 223-3720.

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