Impromptu shoot takes off
A conversation while digesting Christmas dinner led to a successful novelty shoot that could become a permanent fixture on the calendar of Echuca Moama Field & Game.
Brothers Rick (president) and Mick (vice president) Keirl were bemoaning the fact there was no shoot on in their region until a week into the new year so they decided to do something about it. “Sometimes you just have to make things happen,” Rick said.
At 11.30 am on Boxing Day, a post went up on the branch Facebook page seeking interest in a December 30 event: 100 target 5 stand on two grounds with a barbecue lunch included in the $50 nomination fee. “We ended up running four grounds; it went on Facebook at 11.30 am on Boxing Day and within 24 hours it has been shared and viewed by 10 000 people,” Rick said.
Smith’s Outdoors in Bendigo saw the post and offered a Hamilton slipstand, which was used as a door prize; on the day 80 shooters turned up. “We were happy with it, given it was only a last-minute thing,” Rick said.
What really surprised the branch was how keen people were to have a final shoot for 2017. Quite a few of the competitors were from Melbourne, Ballarat and even Warrnambool. A family of four travelled from their coastal home on the other side of Melbourne, leaving at 4 am to get there in time. “They’d never shot Echuca before but it was school holidays and they were happy to travel,” Rick said. “Everyone was over the moon, we had that many people thank us for the opportunity to have a shot and many requests to put a shoot on at the same time next year.”
The committee will discuss a regular fixture but for the moment there is a sense of pride that the branch pulled together to organise a shoot in a few days. “Our committee members pulled together and ran the kitchen and we provided a barbecue lunch as part of the noms, we only really sold soft drinks on the day,” Rick said. “Everyone who turned up also chipped in and helped out because they were so grateful we put something on. We were absolutely buggered by Sunday night when we finished packing up but we were stoked.”
“We were happy with it, given it was only a lastminute thing.”
Echuca Moama president Rick Keirl with Geoff Hogan who won the Hamilton slipstand, generously donated by Smith’s