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Lee Wahlgren

Gobblers banquet on tap Saturday

In just a couple days, you can sit down and enjoy a great meal at the annual Bureau Creek Gobblers Hunting Heritage Banquet. This is coming up Saturday and will be held at the Met. Lucky participants will dine on ribeye and/or pork chops along with the usual sides.

I attended the committee meeting and was really impressed with the quality and amounts of prizes that will be available in this year’s banquet package. Beautiful artwork, furniture, knives, and interesting sculptures will highlight this year’s auction.

There will also be at least eight guns featured in the night’s action. Two of them especially caught my eye. The first one was the B.C. Gobblers pre-banquet gun raffle This features a Remington 870 Express Super Magnum 3 1/2 inch, 12-gauge with a 28-inch barrel with vent rib.

The second gun will be the 2013 NWTF Gun of the Year. This gun is the Browning Silver 12-gauge automatic with a 28-inch barrel. This one is a real beauty.

So mark Jan. 26 on your calendar so you will support this fine organization and also get a chance to win some great prizes. The doors open a 5:30 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m.

See you there.

For info or tickets, call Kurt Freeburg at 815-875-4089, Mark Hall at 815-872-6012, Bill Clark at 815-872-0096 or Ed Foley at 815-228-6584.

• Recently, the PHS Sportsman’s Club travelled over to Time on the Water in Spring Valley to practice archery in their indoor range.The young archers got their bows ready and were soon shooting the targets at 20 yards. Now a couple of the guys were in a heated battle to see who could get the most bullseyes and the girls were on the other side of the range shooting at an equal pace.

I found a nice chair and was enjoying the young archers and was a little surprised that boys or girls, it didn’t matter, were getting most of their arrows in the bullseye. Then I noticed that two girls had crossbows. I was happy to see that one dad in our group was helping the ladies with their crossbows. This was great because I have no previous experience with crossbows and he was doing a great job.

The more I sat, the more I became impressed with the crossbow lady. Her name was McKenzie Cain and her dad was Tom Cain. She kept hitting the center of the target time after time. I talked with her dad and he told me they had spent quite a bit of time together practicing.

Hailey Hilmes, Meaghan Noll and two Brookes, Ford and Stowe, continued hitting the bullseyes also. The boys included Turner Jamison, Cordell Kunkel, Alex Adams and Bryson Oeder, and they were hardly ever outside the bullseye too.

Then, before we left, several of them wanted to stand up on the balcony for their last two shots. This was back at the 35-yard mark. They all were successful and McKenzie accepted an extra challenge. They placed a metal sheet with a 2 1/2 inch hole in it up as a target. Now here’s the deal. If you are accurate, that’s great. If not, you will break an $8 arrow. McKenzie took careful aim and shot right in the 2 1/2 inch circle. Amazing!

I want to thank Tom Cain for his help with the crossbows and also Time on the Water for their hospitality.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR outdoor columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com

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