Nearly 8,000 people from Utah, southern Idaho and western Wyoming are expected to attend the 51st annual Bountiful Lions Club Turkey Shoot Nov. 18-19, one of the biggest events of its kind in the West.
Scheduled the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving each year, the trapshoot is held at the Lions Range near the "B" east of Bountiful in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.Unlike some charities or fund drives - that use considerable amounts to pay for administrative costs and salaries - 100 percent of the proceeds from the annual benefit shoot are used by the Bountiful Lions to help the blind and deaf, support drug awareness programs and to build community projects in Bountiful, Lions officials said.
This year, more than $1,500 worth of prizes, including a color television set, guns and sporting goods, and more than 1,200 frozen turkeys will be given away.
Wayne King, president of the Bountiful Lions Club, said the Turkey Shoot includes several kinds of trapshooting contests, including singles, doubles and some special shooting events - some with novel innovations.
"We have four automatic trap machines set up, and they will be working full steam from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday," King said.
"More than 25,000 shotgun shells will be fired during the Lions Turkey Shoot. The usual trapshooting contest has five contestants shooting at five birds apiece from five positions. The one with the highest score wins.
"Often there are ties and we have to hold shoot-offs to decide who wins the turkey. Sometimes, top shooters fire several times and from long distances to decide the contest and it gets pretty exciting, for shooters and spectators both."
King said contestants include some of the best shotgun shooters in the area and beginners and the Lions keep shooters in their own class to promote fairness.