Keith is well worth a visit
The lead up to the South Australian Duck Season was a good opportunity to drop into Keith Field & Game, a branch full of great yarns and even better facilities.
The Keith shooting ground has at its heart an old quarry, which enables the branch to set some interesting targets. The quarry is also an approved centre-fire rifle range, which is used by branch members as well as colleagues from the Australian Deer Association. FGA general manager David Mcnabb spent several days touring the area with Keith president David Wren. “Over a couple of days David was able to get across the region and meet with our wildlife guys and really get an understanding on the ground of the challenges and opportunities with our wetlands,” David Rehn said. “The blokes around the club were very appreciative of effort and the positive input; it was a real confidence booster for the club.” Keith shoots regularly on the first Sunday of the month but any visitors will be presented with a lot more than targets. The branch hosted a barbecue and a few beers for the visit and most of the time was taken up explaining the ‘trophies’ on the wall of the clubrooms, from the sheep scull with a hole right between the eyes to the plastic zebra mounted on a plaque. At Keith, gentle ribbing isn’t the done thing. Every incident seems to end up as a plaque or trophy on the clubroom walls, a prompt to tell the story to anyone who asks, including the tit-for-tat practical jokes that inevitably seem to follow. If you visit Keith for a clay target event, make sure you ask about the toy zebra, the zebra cows, the zebra crossing, and the retaliatory lump of granite in the driveway. “There’s no doubt they will be entertained, they are a good bunch of people,” David said.