A surge of interest in learning more about shooting sports has led to the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club moving its annual fund raising event to spring when more of their volunteers are available to help teach people about the use of firearms.
The annual jug shoot last fall attracted 350 people, 100 more than the previous year, which also set a record for attendance.
However, during the fall, many of the club’s 1,000 members who would normally help out with the event are out of town hunting during the open seasons, while in the spring, few animals are open to hunting.
So, this year, the jug shoot being held Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the club’s range, 4041 Casorso Rd.
It’s a fundraiser for the club’s popular junior archery and shooting program, where event coordinator Rudy Litz has been a junior instructor for many years. About 70 youngsters are currently involved in rifle target shooting, archery and trap shooting.
Litz says fun events like jug shoots are a safe and easy way for parents and children to learn about shooting and archery sports.
“Many children who come to the jug shoot decide target shooting is a lot of fun and they want to learn more,” said club president Mark Rogers, who is also junior shooter chair. “Many then convince their parents to let them try our junior programs.”
Litz noted the supervised shooting sports program has helped develop hundreds of youngsters into responsible adult shooters.
As well, Rogers said several of the range officers last fall helped adults who had never fired a gun before. “They found that shooting can be a safe, fun sport. We are pleased to have helped take the fear out of using firearms.”
For the second year, Weber and Markin Gunsmiths of Powick Road will supply ammunition for the community shoot. That helps the club to raise funds for the juniors programs.
Those of all ages can try their hand at archery, or at using .22 and .223-calibre rifles, .357 magnum handguns, shotguns and even mini cannons.
It’s only a dollar a shot to take aim at water-filled milk jugs or at balloons, and hot dogs, pop and chips will also be available for the same price.
Safety on the range is always paramount, noted Litz. Club range officers work with visitors one-on-one to ensure safe shooting.
For more information about the club, its events, activities and facilities, go to: www.kdfgc.org or call the club office at 250-764-7558.