November 6, 2011 Annual Turkey Shoot: (1 Photo)


1.   This year the Annual Turkey Trap Shoot was held on Sunday November 6, 2011 at the St. John's Rod and Gun Club. French and I were in Tors Cove moose hunting that weekend, but were only too eager to leave Saturday evening to get back to town and ready for the last big shoot of the year. This years competition consisted of 100 singles, 50 pairs of doubles, and there was an option to shoot another 50 sporting clays which most of us did.

French, his Dad, and I had a great day shooting, the weather was awesome, and we all shot well. Monty and the crew in the club house served an awesome lunch to all competitors, but best of all was the Turkey Dinner later that evening. Each year the crew cook fresh farm grown Deep Fried Turkey, and a full Jigs Dinner with all the trimmings. This year didn't disappoint as the meal was awesome, deserts provided by Bob Barbour were also a big hit. And if all that wasn't enough, the crew had dozens and dozens of great prizes which they drew for in a raffle after supper.

From the St. John's Rod and Gun Club Official Site:

The annual club turkey shoot held on November 6, 2011 was another huge success with more than 40 shooters registering for the trap and sporting clay competitions. This event also served as the club’s way of saying thanks to all those that help out throughout the year and treated everyone that attended to a first class meal of deep fried turkey, salt meat, potatoes, turnip, carrots, cabbages and desserts.

Competition was fierce for the coveted top turkey award with Andrea Bassan and John Tucker neck and neck throughout the Singles and Doubles events. Bassan was 3 targets ahead of Tucker going into his last round of Singles but dropped 3 (2 on the last station) to tie Tucker with a score of 94 / 100. Bob Nightingale wasn’t too far behind with a 91.

The trap machines were then switched over to Doubles for the final event. Bassan tallied 2 – 45’s for a 90 and Tucker did the same. No other shooter could come close on this windy day. Both Bassan and Tucker waited anxiously for the shoot off but darkness came early and the pair decided to postpone the shootoff for another day.

Shooters were then treated to the highlight of the shoot – the deep fried turkey dinner. This year, organizers fed 60 people – the largest crowd ever to attend a dinner. Organizers and those in attendance graciously thanked Sandra Bassan and Josephine Martin for preparing lunch and for watching over the peas pudding while others found time to shoot. In addition, many thanks were given to Monty Petipas and Monty’s Restaurant, Whitbourne and to Bob and Alice Barbour of Ches’s Fish and Chips for their kind and generous donations that made the meal taste so good. For those who don’t know, Monty’s serves the best soup on the Avalon and Ches’s, in addition to their fantastic fish and chips, makes a coconut cream pie that is second to none.


Top Turkeys – Andrea Bassan and John Tucker

Singles Champions - Andrea Bassan and John Tucker

AA Class – Bob Nightingale, Troy Coldwell
A Class – Peter Tucker, Runner up - Bob Barbour
B Class – Mark French, Runner up - Paul Bailey
C Class – Adam Tucker, Runner up - Roger Butler
D Class – Don French, Runner up - Mark Geehan

Honourable Mention: Monty Petipas, Jim Legge, Craig Osmond. The boys all tied during the Singles competition. The shoot off will be held over the winter months at the club or behind Monty’s Restaurant and Gas Bar in Whitbourne. Details to follow....

The results for the Rifle/Pistol Turkey Shoot were as follows:

Rifle, 100 yards
First Place – Brad Leyte – Score 96
Second Place – Jesse Kearley & Roger Howell – Score 91
Third Place – Ed Kearley & George Bursey – Score 90

Rifle, 200 yards
First Place – Brad Leyte – Score 75
Second Place - Tony Mackey – Score 66
Third Place – Jason Waterman & Corey Day – Score 64

22 Rimfire Rifle, 50 yards
First Place – Ed Kearley & Mike Bugden – Score 85
Second Place – Corey Day – Score 83
Third Place – Brad Leyte – Score 77

Handgun, 20 yards
First Place – Dave Donovan – Score 77
Second Place – Brad Leyte & Jesse Kearley – Score 71
Third Place – George Bursey – Score 70

Congratulations to all participants.


All in all it was an awesome day. Although once again I didn't win any prizes, French and his Dad did ok, and I managed to break lots of targets!


Cheers, MIKE

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