Open day attracts shooters to range
THE response to the Biggenden Rifle Club’s open day was more than officials expected.
Club secretary Krystal Monahan said the purpose for the open day was to encourage new shooters.
“The day was an opportunity for anyone to come along and give it a try at no cost to them and with no obligation to join,” she said. “We had expected around 20 shooters however we were fortunate enough to end up having doubled that.”
Queensland Rifle Association board member and Bundaberg Burnett Rifle Club vice captain Andrew McKillop organised funding for the day.
Mr McKillop said he was only too pleased to support the club’s activities.
“The day introduced younger people to the sport of shooting,” he said.
“It was all about safety and the responsible fire arm use.”
Mr McKillop said rifle shooting was a sport where any gender, young or old or any disability could compete on the same level.
“It’s also a sport a family can enjoy together,” he said.
“You often find females are better than the males.”
He said shooters could take the sport as far as they want to, from socially to travel to prize meets, state and nationals shoots and end up overseas.
“Young people from 11 years are able to have a minor licence,” he said.
“You can start the sport at this age and at 80 still have a competitive nature all the way through.
“Young people can’t own a firearm but with a licensed adult can use a firearm.”
Mr McKillop said shooting was a very technical sport that taught discipline in a safe environment.
“For anyone interested in taking up the sport there is always someone who offer advice and help out.”
In attendance on the day to assist with the catering were the Biggenden cadets, who also took advantage of shooting on the range with adult supervision.
Samson Wykamp said the day was “awesome”.
“They told me I was pretty good with my aim.”
He was excited to have shot the pig target in the grass.
Also attending was Graham King, who renewed his interest in the sport.
Licensed shooter, Bundaberg’s Drew Kronk, said it was an enjoyable day for any first time shooters.
“It was great to experience competition shooting.”
Unlicensed shooter Mitch Wormington, also from Bundaberg, said the Biggenden range was a nice learning shooting environment for new shooters.
“It is nice family environment and the people very welcoming.”
Biggenden Rifle Club holds its meets on the first and third Sundays of each month. Sign in is 12.30pm for a 1pm start.
For more information phone secretary Krystal Monahan on 0488 019 040
EDUCATED: Biggenden cadets were taken up with the rifles.
Korey Kuelahway and family from the Childers area came out to the range for something different.
Kaiden Monahan is all geared up for his practice shoot.
They shot them down so the Biggenden cadets went around and put the targets back in place.
Those who turned out for the Biggenden Rifle Club's open day to try the sport were given supervision.