Do you like shooting for sport, or watching people who do? If so, the Oak Hill Gun Club, 12364 Coon Hunter Road in Blue Grass is the place for you.
A group of men started the Raccoon Hunters Club in the 1930s, although nobody today knows if they named their club for the road or vice-versa. Regardless, the club name was changed in the 1950s and now has almost 800 members who shoot trap, rifle, pistol and bows and arrows.
A favorite event is the black powder shoot, which requires “primitive” flintlock guns with ball and cap ammunition. Another popular one is “Women in the Outdoors”, which will be held this year on Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and includes open trap and pistol shooting, plus archery. No experience is required, and all equipment will be provided and supervised by instructors. Also popular is the Vintage Bolt Rifle competition, which requires military bolt action guns with original iron sights.
Mike Craig, 20-year member and current club president, told me that despite the high membership and the many visitors, the club is one of the best-kept secrets in the area. He said that all shoots are open to the public and membership is not required. Members are allowed to shoot from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Open trap is available on Wednesdays from April 4 to the end of October. The rifle range is open year-round.
Membership Safety & Orientation usually occurs on the last Wednesday of most months from April to October. One of the certified instructors, Dean Kreuger, initially told me about the club and his involvement. Call the club at 563-381-2677 for the schedule.
High school trap practice is on Tuesday nights from March through June. Additionally, high school trap matches between area schools are held in the spring and early summer, with the 2018 dates to be announced. I’ll tell you more about this popular school sport in an upcoming column, but I’ll give you a sneak preview: some area high school shooters have earned trap shooting scholarships to college.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a training program offered to people age seven and older. Students learn about responsible gun safety and shoot .22’s from a prone (lying down) position. Guns, ammunition and targets are supplied at no charge. This is a fine way to get youngsters involved and properly introduced to gun safety and shooting.
Membership is $85/year, $60 for seniors age 65 and over. A $25 discount is applied for those who participate in a work party. Reasonable? For sure.
Interested? Check out their story and learn about all they offer on their website: oakhillgunclubinc.com, and be sure to watch the video of shooting bowling pins off a table — what a hoot.
So, Get Out to Blue Grass. Check out the schedule of events on their web page. You might want to join, or maybe just watch people enjoying their favorite pastimes.