Shooters blast clays to win Thanksgiving turkey

By Gini Davis

The Creswell Chronicle

No live turkeys were harmed, but clay targets were not so fortunate as shotgun shooters of all ages competed in Creswell Clay Target Sports’ annual pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot, held Nov. 11 at CCTS, located at 81078 N Pacific Highway.

Because it was Veterans’ Day, all veterans present were recognized with applause before the shoot got underway.

One of those veterans, 79-year-old Jack Christensen, said he appreciated the recognition of veterans for their service. Christensen served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1975. “I was in Europe, and Panama, for three years, then eight years, and the rest in the States,” he said.

“It’s great to see so many kids here,” he added of the Turkey Shoot.

Sixty-six participants paid $35 to compete in four games of trap, skeet and/or 5-stand, shooting in five-person squads. The squad winner for each event won a turkey; after each win, a shooter progressed to increasingly difficult targets, and could win up to three turkeys.

The turnout nearly doubled last year’s. CCTS president, Dr. David Abel credited the club’s recent name change and new webpage (creswellclaytargetspots.com) and Facebook page for helping to boost participation.