Thursday, September 11, 2008
Galena Plantation hosts Fun Shoot
Shotgunners, sporting dog fans, and an audience of observers gathered Saturday morning, Aug. 16, at the Galena Plantation near Holly Springs.
The occasion was the first annual Fun Shoot hosted by the Bird Dog Foundation, the non-profit organization which operates the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tenn. The day was made possible by W. O. “Bill” Fitch and his wife, Joan, through the loan of their Galena Plantation shooting venue and lovely lodge.
Approximately 35 shooters from around the Mid-South took part. The group enjoyed a light breakfast in the lodge and headed to the firing line. Friday night rains had cleared and cooler than normal August temperatures awaited the competitors for their 8 a.m. start. Fifty airborne targets were offered singly to each competitor arranged at the firing line with a flight of other shooters in a system closely akin to skeet or trap shooting.
Shooters competed for awards in youth, ladies, sportsman and open divisions. After more than 2,000 rounds were fired, the winners were – youth, Luke Barton, Hernando; ladies, Kayce Cannon, Williston, Tenn.; sportsman, Brett Bartholomew, Somerville, Tenn.; and open, Ed Eleazer, Memphis, Tenn.
As the shooting wound to a close, all attendees retired to the main lodge, where they were treated to an enjoyable luncheon catered by Galena staff. Perhaps the day’s highlight was the drawing for numerous door prizes ranging from guided fishing tours to hunting apparel. The grand prize was won by Gary Chesno of Columbia, S.C. He walked away with a Honda 4x4 ATV from Joe’s Cycle Shop of Bolivar, Tenn.
Sponsors for the event were Purina Dog Foods of LeClaire, Iowa; Tractors & Equipment Inc. of Hernando; and BancorpSouth of Tupelo.
Net proceeds will support the annual operation of the National Bird Dog Museum. According to executive director David Smith, the foundation hopes to make the Fun Shoot an annual event.
The National Bird Dog Museum features fine art and memorabilia dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of more than 40 breeds of sporting dogs including flushing breeds, retrievers, and pointing breeds. The story of competitive field trialing is also showcased throughout. The various venues are open to all visitors on a no-admission-but-donation basis Tuesdays through Sundays year round. One can learn more at www.birddogfoundation.com.
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