This Saturday, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haskell, Stevens and Seward Counties, along with Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, is offering the chance to take home two turkeys as prizes in a turkey shoot. Courtesy photo
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away, and across the country, tables in homes will have turkey and other food in place for families and friends to enjoy.
This Saturday, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haskell, Stevens and Seward Counties, along with Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, is offering the chance to take home two turkeys as prizes in a turkey shoot.
BBBS director Kerry Seibel said the competition is an effort on the part of both organizations to get youth out of the house into the great outdoors.
“The purpose of the Pass It On program is to get more people involved in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and give our littles who like to hunt and do outdoor activities opportunity to get with people who are trained in hunter safety that can take them out and show them how to properly handle a shotgun,” she said. “It makes it fun for them because they get to shoot at clays.”
Seibel said 150 people are expected to be at the shoot at the trap and skeet range on East Tucker Road, including Seward County Community College baseball coaches Galen McSpadden and Mike Davidson and their players.
“The Saints baseball players will be out there getting involved,” Seibel said. “We’ll start the day off with a free chili feed. Donations are always welcome.”
Various stations will be set up for youth and novice shooters, as well as for other groups.
“They’ll have the area with the BB guns set up for the younger kids that want to do it,” Seibel said. “They’ll have a championship where whoever wants to get involved with winning the prizes.”
Prizes in the championship category include two shotguns, a TV and a turkey, and Seibel said door prizes will also be available.
“They include a rack of ribs, merchandise from Cabela’s, another turkey, gift cards, lots of good stuff,” she said.
National Beef is donating hamburger for the chili, and Seibel added donations for the shoot have been received from First National Bank, Pheasants Forever, the NRA and Ducks Unlimited.
“They’ll also have volunteers out there helping from Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever,” she said.
Seibel said BBBS hosts an annual hunt, but she said this is the first trap of this magnitude for the local office.
“We’ve always taken our littles and some of the baseball players out,” she said.
Seibel said in addition to Seward County, people will be on hand from both Haskell and Stevens counties.
“There’ll be a lot of people from there,” she said. “K-State Research and Extension will be involved.”
Pass It On works to recruit mentors who will spend time outdoors with a child, and partnering with youth mentoring organizations like BBBS allows Pass It On to focus its efforts on children who have little or no opportunities to learn to hunt, fish, hike or camp.
“So many kids nowadays are spending too much time inside playing video games,” Seibel said. “They’re not getting out to enjoy the outdoors. This gives them something to do and handle firearms and shotguns in the proper way.”
Seibel said the money raised from Saturday’s shoot will provide a big boost for BBBS.
“It will provide more activities for our kids that are on the waiting list or those that are interested in Pass It On, as well as getting more people involved in our program as far as mentoring,” she said. “Get them excited about what we do and getting matches together.”
Youth categories in the shoot are for ages 5 to 17, but Seibel said anyone can participate.
“Adults can do the shoots,” she said. “If they want to get in the shoot for the big prizes, it’s $25 for 50 clays for anybody who wants to do that. It doesn’t matter what age.”
Youth and novice shooters can participate for free, and the fun kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with the chili feed.
“Shortly after that, we’ll get underway with all the other activities, and that’ll go on all day long,” Seibel said. “If they don’t want to come out for the chili or need to come out a little later, feel free to come out at anytime. If they just want to come out and watch, they can do that too.”
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