Annual shooting event invites families to win turkeys

    Safety Officer Adonis Buzzard coaches a first-time shooter at Saturday's shoot. (Photo credit to Jasz Garrett/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Saturday was the annual turkey shoot at the Juneau Gun Range.

    The event's put on by the Juneau Gun Club, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Juneau Archery Club, and Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation.

    Dan Palicka, Juneau Gun Range Manager, talked about Saturday afternoon's event. He said he's been involved with the turkey shoot for 15 years.

    "Three different locations. There's the Fish & Game indoor range here where we're doing a 22 revolver shoot. On this side, the Juneau Archery Club is doing a bow shoot. And then up at the shotgun club, they have four different events up there. So both the archery club and the revolver side we are giving away a turkey every half hour and a gift card. So the turkey goes to the top score from that previous half hour. Then everybody that comes in and shoots goes into the pot for the gift card, so everybody that walks in the door has a chance to win something."

    Palicka said that in 2020 the event was canceled and last year included restrictions. This was their first full year back of inviting the community to shoot for prizes.

    Palicka said where the money from the raffle tickets goes to.

    "Most of the money goes towards targets and ammo and the guns and things like that. The buying of the turkeys and the gift cards. And then if there is any money leftover that goes to different youth shooting sports in Juneau."

    He spoke to the large numbers of youth shooting with their families.

    "Juneau has an air rifle team in both middle schools and both high schools have an air rifle team. A youth track team with the shotgun club. Juneau Rifle Pistol club has a couple of youth teams. Every sixth grader in Juneau goes through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Ed program. A lot of youth shooters in Juneau."

    Wesley Swanson said it was his first time shooting.

    Above: Swanson and his mom, Phoebe Vanseltow, stand proudly with their hit targets. Below: Danielle Dunivin draws her bow.

    Below: One of the Juneau Rifle Range's outdoor shooting events.

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