Turkey shoot raises $2k

Record Observer - - Front Page - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com

Billed as an old-fash­ioned turkey shoot, the sixth an­nual event on April 1 was spon­sored by the Sgt. Ja­son D. Mileo De­tach­ment 1147 of the Marine Corps League based at Jeff Davis Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 18 in Centreville.

CENTREVILLE — While it wasn’t the kind of turkey shoot you’d see on the sil­ver screen in the movie “Sergeant York,” and they weren’t the kind of long guns wielded by Gary Cooper, it was the fun of hit­ting the tar­get with one lucky shot­gun pel­let that was enough to keep shoot­ers sign­ing up for round af­ter round.

Billed as an old-fash­ioned turkey shoot, the sixth an­nual event on April 1 was spon­sored by the Sgt. Ja­son D. Mileo De­tach­ment 1147 of the Marine Corps League based at Jeff Davis Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 18 in Centreville.

“I like to shoot,” James Com­egys from Ch­ester­town said. He was there sim­ply be­cause “it’s en­joy­able.”

The com­pe­ti­tion raised $2,200 for the de­tach­ment’s schol­ar­ship and benev­o­lent pro­grams. Or­ga­niz­ers called it the “most suc­cess­ful fundraiser ever” for the de­tach­ment.

The prospect of com­pet­ing against other sports­men of all ages and vy­ing for frozen tur­keys, hams, 50/50s and turkey de­coys brought some 50 shoot­ers and spec­ta­tors out for the three-hour event un­der fair skies. The tem­per­a­ture was in the 60s ac­com­pa­nied by a light breeze.

Ca­ma­raderie and com­pe­ti­tion min­gled as about 30 shoot­ers from both sides of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay met on a level play­ing field, lit­er­ally, as each group of 10 shoot­ers aimed their shot­guns 40 yards down range.

Signs around Centreville ad­ver­tised the event as fam­ily friendly, and it was. Par­ents as well as their kids com­peted, and girls and women vied with men and boys at Phil and Leah Hall’s farm in Bur­risville. Their son is the late Marine com­bat vet­eran for whom the de­tach­ment is named.

Sports­men also shot sport­ing clays on an­other sec­tion of the farm, com­peted for raf­fle tick­ets to win a Stoeger Con­dor field over/un­der 12-gauge 30inch bar­rel shot­gun with two choke tubes.

Newly elected de­tach­ment com­man­dant Tom Tay­lor of Centreville greeted par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors as they ar­rived, start­ing at 9 a.m. Tay­lor was hon­or­ably dis­charged as a sergeant af­ter serv­ing more than four years on an air­craft car­rier dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

Vol­un­teers manned a con­ces­sion stand and sold break­fast pas­tries and cof­fee as well as grilled ham­burg­ers and hot­dogs.

Lit­tle kids took aim at a tar­get with a BB gun to win a prizes. Ev­ery­one was a win­ner.

Com­peti­tors paid $4 a shot for a chance to win a turkey, $5 a shot for a ham, $5 for a money round split 50/50 and $10 for a dou­bleshot round split 50/50. It was first-come, first-served to sign up for a round.

Judges for the turkey shoot’s 23 rounds were Leo Stepp, judge ad­vo­cate for the de­tach­ment, and Paul Bohle.

De­tach­ment mem­ber Al Athey ev­i­denced his ex­pe­ri­ence on the ri­fle range by keep­ing the shoot­ers in line. “Get your muz­zle down-range,” he di­rected the shoot­ers. “Lock and load.” Shoot­ers could load their guns only when di-

PHOTO BY CON­NIE CON­NOLLY

Queen Anne’s County High School sopho­more Corey Hig­don Jr. of Centreville, takes aim at a pa­per turkey 40 yards away dur­ing the sixth an­nual old-fash­ioned turkey shoot spon­sored by the Sgt. Ja­son D. Mileo De­tach­ment 1147 of the Marine Corps League in Centreville. In the sev­enth round, Corey tied with Joe Stam­ler of Centreville, but lost the shoot-off.

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