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Turkey Shoot Need Help

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by FrankJ, Sep 10, 2011.

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  1. FrankJ

    FrankJ Member

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    Members of our club have expressed an interest in having a turkey shoot before Thanksgiving. We don't have any members who know how to set one up. I would appreciate any information/rules you can give us on how to set one up that will be fun for the shooters and pay for the turkeys and expenses. Too much information will be better than too little. Thanks in advance. Frank Novotny PO Box 2043 Wickenburg, AZ 85358
     
  2. zzt

    zzt Well-Known Member

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    Frank, we set ours up as a series of 15 shooter events and award turkeys using the Lewis System. We award 3 or 4 turkeys per 15 shooters, depending on the cost of the turkeys and the price of the round. It keeps things simple.
     
  3. WCR

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    Its been several years ago but we would shoot 10 shooters at 10 birds each 2 from each station. 2 shooters moved at a time. At the end there were usually 5 or 6 shooters tied for top spot. Shoot off started at 27 yards then moved to 33 yards then to 36 yards and sometimes ended up at the 40 yard brick. Thats when the dynamite shells came out. Winner would get Turkey or 5 lb. ham.

    Bill
     
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    acss Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    welcome to call me--i've done a bunch of them---wally riebesell 660-744-4115 cst
     
  5. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    Did you want to shoot some STILL targets, 15 shooters, 15 fence posts, 15 12" inch square X 3/4 inch thick plywood 2 holes drilled for wire to hold to posts

    approx 4"x5" inc cards with a circle with cross hairs, shoot for most pellets in circle or closest to X. we charged $2.00 an entry and gave away a turkey.

    Stand back about 30 yards for the firing line, being a rope supported between
    fence posts. targets about 4 feet between them.

    And the above posts for clay targets.

    We did this behind churches for money raising events.


    Gary Bryant
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  6. jhoward

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    If you are shooting cards as Dr Longshot mentioned, make sure that the club supplies the shells. If you don't you'll have guys coming in with loads with 2ozs of #12 shot.
     
  7. dcb_wvu

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    Similar to what Gary and jhoward said. One club I belong to does the still targets. We use those cheap metal fence posts and blue board insulation as the backing. We have multiple blue boards to support about three rounds of targets so you just hang new ones. The targets are 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper with a 6 inch circle and cross hair in the top and a small 2 inch circle with crosshair in bottom right. We provide the shells in whatever gauge you want. Closest to the large crosshair center wins, small circle is a tie breaker. You would be surprised how often it is used. We use a caliper/compass for scoring and do it in public.

    A typical round is $3 with 12 shooters per round. Prizes on $3 rounds are 5 lbs of bacon, cheese, ground beef, etc. $5 rounds are hams, turkeys, steaks. We also do a round for free for the kids. Be sure to bring along extra guns for lady and kid shooters to try. My Beretta A400 gets lots of use with the ladies.

    At a typical shoot, a shooter will spend about $40 shooting and with about 25 rounds with 12 shooters per round, the club clears $500 or so after prizes.

    Courtney
     
  8. ljutic73

    ljutic73 Well-Known Member

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    The one I attend every fall just does 5 man squads, one target from each post, ties shoot off with a "follow the leader" format. Plus they do "Annie Oakleys" and buddy shoots...
     
  9. Bill Roberts

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    We do 2, 3, & 4 man buddies all from the 27 yd line. You miss, your
    partner or partners try to hit it in turn.
    Annies.
    Follow the leader.
    Do-dahs.

    We do one a month starting Oct 23rd

    Bill
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  10. FrankJ

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    Thanks to everyone who responded. We have a bunch of ideas to consider. Frank
     
  11. wolfram

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    We do about what Ljutic73 described. The trick to making money is balancing the prize cost against the entry fee. You want the shooter to feel like they have a decent chance of winning so the smaller squads are good (5 guys shooting for a prize) but if you are charging them each $5 you only have $25 coming in from the entry fee -that means your prize needs to cost less than $10.

    The really big money makers are the Annie Oakleys where you might have 20 plus guys linining up and each paying $5 plus a $1 buy back. In this situation you can afford to give a really good prize - something like a prime rib roast is reasonable or you can split the pot 50/50 with the winner.

    It is good to mix the Annie's up with the smaller squad contests - it keeps the interst level up.

    Another fun idea is to put a few odd color targets in your machine and when a shooter gets the odd color bird and breaks it, they are given a box of shells. The beauty of this is those 'free' shells just encourage more game participation.
     
  12. pyrdek

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    For the "still Turkey" shoots, my club uses paper plate. They are a bit more solid and will hold up in the rain.

    Shooters sign up and get a small paper with something like 2 / 12 on it to show they are signed up for Squad 2 Shooting Post 12. Targets are prepared IN ADVANCE, with the same numbering system so they are all set to be stapled to the post. The cost may be $2.00 or $3.00 depending on the number of shooters and the size/cost of the turkey being won. Usually about 15 or so shooters @ $2.00 a shot with multiple shoots on the same squad but at different targets from the corresponding posts

    We have one or two guys staple the targets to the wood baking. When all targets are hung and the target posters are back of the line, another guy walks down the line of shooters, handing each one shell to fit their gun's gauge (12, 16, 20, 28, 410 but NO 10 ga.)when he gets to their spot. One thing to help is hang a number on the shooting line rope and the same number on the target holder post (out of the main line of shot impact).

    Once all the shooters have fired at their target, one or two guys go to retrieve the plates to take them to the scoring booth. The Retriever(s) is/are followed by someone posting the next rounds targets. While they are posting, the targets are "scored" to see who has a BB closest to the large fine red line crosshairs. If there is a tie, then the tie breaker is a smaller fine line blue crosshairs. Loser targets are given to the shooters for whatever they may want to do with them. Usually this means going into the trash barrel but some young shooters keep them as a souvenir and go home with them.
     
  13. luvtrapguns

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    The most fun I ever had at a turkey shoot was a follow the leader. (Annie Oakly??). Once you have enough shooters signed up to be profitable you begin the event. First shooter shoots from anywhere on the field he chooses, need not be on a prescribed trap post. Each shooter shoots one bird from the same spot. One miss and you are out. If first shooter misses the next man in line that has not missed starts the second round from any point he wants. And on until only one remains.

    Beware of the farmer that arrives to the shoot on his tractor, wears bib overalls, and carries an A5 on his lap. He happened to me. Could not shake him (LOL). Marc
     
  14. MisterHappy

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    At my club I run a Turkey (or other special event ) shoots like this:

    Boost the per-shooter price of the birds to cover cost of prize, birds, and a bit more.

    One stack out of each case is replaced with green targets, randomly placed in the carousel. (1 bird in nine)

    This puts a luck component in, so even the less-talented shooters have a chance. Most green Turkeys wins. If it's a tie, then high score, if still a tie, then longest run. If stiil a tie, rock paper scissors (it's nver come to that!)

    I get a BIG turkey, with a slightly higher entry, for the usual high-gun types, and "Poaching" is allowed: If a shooter misses a green bird, the next shooter can try for it. If the second shooter can break a piece of a dead green bird, he "poaches" it.

    Generally, we get a bunch of teasing, etc. for this.

    Scoring is easy (X - green / - dead 0 - lost), and since there are not "special" rules ( movement, etc. is all the same) it's an easy shoot.

    Oh, and the winnner of the main evnet is crowned the Big Turkey. :)
     
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