Ready to pay their money and take their chances, participants lined up on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1991, to sign up for events at the Little Fort Recreation Society’s turkey shoot. The noon-to-dusk event brought out an estimated 40 participants and a total crowd of approximately 100. (Ann Piper photo)

Ready to pay their money and take their chances, participants lined up on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1991, to sign up for events at the Little Fort Recreation Society’s turkey shoot. The noon-to-dusk event brought out an estimated 40 participants and a total crowd of approximately 100. (Ann Piper photo)

Valley Voices: Little Fort Turkey Shoot draws crowd

The following article appeared in the Monday, October 7, 1991, edition of the Yellowhead Star. The cost of the newspaper at that time was 25¢.

By Ann Piper

Organizers estimated one hundred or more people attended a Sept. 29, Little Fort Recreation Society (LFRS) turkey shoot in which approximately 40 target shooters participated.

The noon-to-sundown Sunday event was held in a field adjacent to Highway 5 just north of the Lemieux Creek Bridge.

Warm autumn weather allowed the crowd to stay comfortable outdoors, and the Little Fort School Parent Advisory Committee manned the concession, earning an estimated $150 for school-related activities.

The first event of its kind in recent years at Little Fort, the shoot was organized and run primarily by Gordon and Brenda Wilson and Garry Field, with proceeds being turned over to the LFRS.

Three open shoots at 100 yards ended with turkeys going to Vern Stark and Daniel D’Entremont of Barriere, and George Farquharson of Kamloops.

In four sporting rifle events at 100 yards, turkeys went to Daniel D’Entremont, Jim Stark and Vern Stark of Barriere, and Roy Unterschultz of Vavenby.

Of four kid’s shoots at 25 yards, prize boxes of .22 shells in the 9-14 year category went to Josh Huyder of Clearwater and Seth Rau of Little Fort. In both events for kids in the five-to-eight year age group, Adam D’Entremont of Barriere pocketed the prize ammunition.

In the ladie’s 25 yard shoot, Kathy Shave of Little Fort and Luci Lemky of Barriere tied, each taking home a duck.

In the two men’s 50 yard .22 shoot, ducks went to John Huyder of Clearwater and Starr Brown of Little Fort.

Hyde also walked away with a ham for his efforts in the open-sight 50 yard event, while in two offhand competitions at 50 yards, roasts of beef were won by Phil D’Entremont and Daniel D’Entremont, both of Barriere.

Vern Stark of Barriere also took home the turkey in the 200-yard sporting rifle shoot, while Phil D’Entremont picked up a ham for the best three shot grouping at 100 yards.

Rounding out the day’s events were a series of shot-gun shoots. In the course of the day, participants had – for a fee – signed their names to squares on large paper grids. The grids were later used as shot gun targets, and those persons whose names were in the squares with the largest number of shot-holes, claimed their prizes.

Shot gun shoot winners and their prizes included Brenda Wilson, two pheasants; Betty Wilson, a $10 gift certificate from Al’s Shop Easy; Ed Nagy, a $10 gift certificate from Al’s Shop Easy; and Harold Bradford and Don Piper Sr., a duck apiece.

The day-long event “worked quite well considering it was our first,” organizer Brenda Wilson said later.

“We’ll do it again next year, I imagine,” she stated.

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