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New NIC team has blast at clay target shoot

SHOOTING — The new North Idaho College Breaking Clays Club shot their way to $11,250 in cash prizes at the  Upper West Coast Conference Clay Target Championships held Oct. 11 – 13 in Spokane.

“This was our first time shooting together as a team,” said club president Larkin Henkel, one of three team members who won first-place awards. “I’m proud of everyone.” 

The competition is coordinated by the Association of College Unions International and hosted at Double Barrel Ranch Sporting Clays and the Spokane Gun Club.

The NIC club earned $11,250 in prize money during the three-day event and will forward the money to the club’s endowment fund, said club advisor Jacob Rothrock.

NIC students who earned awards at the competition include:

Jon Thurman, Coeur d’Alene:  Overall high score, male division

Larkin Henkel, Coeur d’Alene: Overall high score, female division

Tony Palin, Corvallis, Mont.: High score for the weekend; took first-place in Trap (hit 98 out of 100 targets).

Grant Thurman, Coeur d’Alene: First-place Skeet, male division

Nick Higgs, Coeur d’Alene: Third place Skeet, male division

“Starting the Breaking Clays club has improved my college experience by putting me in contact with people who I would not normally meet,” Henkel said. “It’s helped me get involved on campus and learn about other student groups and organizations.” 

Fun shoot, boat safety featured at Palouse DU event

CONSERVATION — A two-hour fun shoot plus demonstrations on boating safety, retriever handling and using decoys use demonstrations will be featured at a March 24 fund-raising event at the Colton Boosters Gun Club sponsored by the Palouse Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

A duck calling lesson for kids also is planned.

The activities will start at 1:30 p.m. Porky’s Pit Barbeque of Pullman serve pulled pork and chicken at 4 p.m., followed by the Ducks Unlimited raffles and auctions.  The event will wrap up by 6 p.m. 

A 25-bird round of trap costs $2.50 for kids and $3.75 for adults; the youngsters will have their own shooting line and coaches.  Shooting will start by 2pm and end at 3:30pm.

“We are hoping to have some other outdoor demonstrations as well, perhaps bird-watching,  bow-hunting or fishing clubs will participate,” says DU District Chair Joe Ford.  “There’s a lot of ways to have fun outdoors, and DU projects benefit over 900 species of fish and wildlife.  It’s so much more than just ducks!”

After the guns go quiet at 3:30, the Greenwing kids will get a lesson in calling waterfowl, followed by a brief kids calling contest (calls are provided). There will also be a demonstration of hunting dog work.  

Adult beverages will be available from the Colton Boosters Club after the fun shoot.

Admission: $40 for a single adult, $70 per couple, and $30 for kids under 17.  

  • The price includes DU membership and a DU cap, as well as dinner.  Shooting fees are collected from participants by the gun club. 

Tickets will be available through the national DU website, or by calling (509) 288- 7013 or (541) 979-9025.