ED GILBERT: Sporting Clays Fun Shoot on deck

By Ed Gilbert • Last Updated 8:30 pm on Monday, March 05, 2012

Daily News Outdoors Writer Ed Gilbert

The Flat River chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is set to stage its annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot on Saturday, March 10.

The event will take place at the Flat River Conservation Club, located six miles north of Greenville on M-91 (Greenville Road). Shoot registration is 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with 50-bird shoots scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The last starting time will be 10:45 a.m.

Tom Butterworth, Chairman of the local chapter of DU said the cost will be $30, per person, which includes the shoot and lunch. Lunch only will be $10. Not so incidentally, the lunch consists of a hog roast with all the trimmings, something I’ve particularly enjoyed when attending their Fun Shoots over the years.

Butterworth said shooters may bring their own shells, no shot size larger than 7 1/2, or that shells will be available for purchase at the club house.

“We’ll have top gun awards for men, women, and also for greenwings,” he said. “Along with raffles that include guns, bows, hunting gear, door prizes, artwork and other sporting goods that will include Ducks Unlimited special edition merchandise.”

This has been one of the chapter’s finest events over the years, sometimes drawing in excess of 150 shooters and it is a fun time for everyone. Folks are encouraged to bring friends, wives, husbands, sons and daughters for the event. All will have a good time. I have personally enjoyed their Blind Auction, where over the years I’ve managed to buy some of their fine merchandise.

If you need additional information concerning this event, you may contact Tom Butterworth at (616) 754-0449, or Jeff Loding at (616) 754-6120.

As an additional note, please mark your calendar for the 33rd annual Flat River Ducks Unlimited Spring Banquet. It will be staged May 5th at the Holland Lake Golf Course facility.

Our local chapter of Ducks Unlimited is to be commended for its years of participation in habitat restoration and wetlands work. Work that began back in the 1930s when the organization was established, and now continues to benefit not only waterfowl but other wildlife as well, throughout the country as well as Canada. We of the out-of-doors persuasion must continue to support its national and local programs.

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