IMPERIAL – Mother Nature was in an uproar with sand blowing at a fast pace when the Kiwanis Early Riser Club along with the Imperial Valley Rifle and Pistol Association held a Turkey Shoot at the Wheeler Shooting Range Sunday.
Participants of the shoot and Kiwanis members battled the windâ€™s pandemonium while setting up their gazebos to avoid the blowing sand.
A Civil War-type cannon fired in the distance, signaling the beginning of the 4th annual event with a bang.
With the first relay shooters lined up, Samantha Salgado assisted her cousin, Sara Zamarripa, with a .22 rimfire rifle as she prepared to shoot to win a turkey. “I’ve been coming for two years to this event,” Salgado added. “It is a lot of fun! It is something we can do together as a family.”
Relay winners shot handguns, rimfire rifles, or centerfire rifles, and received 10 to 20 pound turkeys as awards. The on-site registration per relay was a $5.00 donation, and different relays were set for shooting target, trap, and skeet.
Gary Andrews, Kiwanis Early Risers Club secretary/treasurer stated, “This year we changed the rules, each guest can now only win two turkeys. Otherwise, one person could go home with all the turkeys like one of the winners almost did last year,” he explained.
Last year, the event raised over $1,300. However, Andrews said he did not think the group would hit the same mark this year. “The pre-registration tickets went fast, but because of the sand blowing and the horrible winds, I think that is why not many people are here.”
However, for those that did attend, the weather did not stop the fun. For spectators, a 50/50 split and prize raffle was held on the sidelines of the turkey shoot. Ticket prices for the prize raffle were a $2.00 donation to Kiwanis Early Risers Club with raffle prizes ranging from a new barbecue grill to a .22 caliber rifle from the Gun Shop. Other gifts were donated from various local businesses such as Tractor Supply Store, Clark Baker Music Store, and Lowes.
The overall grand prizewinner was Ty Loop and Floyd Moore won the menâ€™s handgun/rimfire event. Deb Hanney won the womenâ€™s (18 years and up), while there was a tie between Braden Mordah and Ty Loop for the teens (13 to 17 years old) event. Winner for handgun/centerfire was Floyd Moore for the menâ€™s 18 years and up and Alex Hernandez captured the menâ€™s centerfire and handgun event.
Other winners included: menâ€™s rifle/rimfire, a (tie) between Joseph Salgado and Zach Loop for group 1 of 2 and another tie for Anthony Adams and Dayton Wood for group 2 of 2. Womenâ€™s winner (18 years and up) was Sara Zamarripa, and the teens (13 to 17 years), was Justin Salgado. Children (6 to 12 years): Jack Boetjer for group 1 of 3, Alex Gonzalez for group 2 of 3, and Leo Adams for group 3 of 3.
The winner for highest score on rifle/rimfire was Ben Travis. Ironsights winner for menâ€™s rifle/rimfire was Anthony Adams while the ironsights centerfire rifle winner was Mo Zayas. The scoped rifle/rimfire winner in teens was Sonia Sanchez, and J.C. Abarca was the rimfire rifle winner for 18 years and up.
All proceeds earned at the Turkey shoot were donated to various childrenâ€™s charities throughout the Imperial Valley.
The IV Rifle and Pistol Association will hold a womenâ€™s-only handgun and safety class event on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. The cost of the event is $25.00. For more information on the upcoming event, please contact Stacy Bodus at (760) 996-3732.[envira-gallery id=”45346″]