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Sportsmans Club rifle range opens

Scott Gillespie's Paddle Buck.1 / 2
Gun Safety Instructor Kevin Kupferschmid, assists Hunter Ditterich in some rimfire target shooting at the grand opening of the PSC firing range.2 / 2

The Perham Sportsmans Club (PSC) held the grand opening of their brand new rifle range just outside of Perham Sat., Oct. 30. Festivities continue this week with a Chili Feed at The Cactus Restaurant and Bar.

Since the reformation of the PSC, summer of 2008, this range has been in planning. Construction began in May of this year.

Fort Thunder Road is a hotbed for gun enthusiasts with the Fort Thunder Shooting Center, the PSC range and the public range.

The PSC range is not just for club members, but club membership does allot free use of the facility.

With the opening of the whitetail rifle season, the PSC chose last weekend to give non-club members the opportunity to zero their rifles at the range and to showcase what the club has to offer the community.

The PSC provided range masters, targets and range carts with drivers for the opening afternoon.

"This is truly a range that is probably one of the best if not the best in the region in regards to safety, comfort, and what we have to offer the shooter who is looking for a little more than the standard 100 yard experience at most rifle ranges," Frank Vorderbruggen said.

The Chili Feed is scheduled for Thur., Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at The Cactus.

"We are targeted to be done by 8:30 p.m., so guys can get to deer camp and families can get home," Craig Swanson said.

Five BB guns, for kids, will be given away as door prizes. Every young person who attends the feed will be eligible.

Fifteen guns and a bow will be given away as part of an assortment of raffles. One Henry Golden Boy will be given away as a door prize.

Another treat for attendees of the feed will be Scott Gillespie's Paddle Buck mount.

Gillespie, of Graceville, Minn., had high hopes on one of his regular hunting trips to Saskatchewan in 2007, but came back with more than he could imagine.

According to Gillespie's cover story in the March, 2007 edition of Big Buck Magazine, he awaited the passing of 12 does before the appearance of the Paddle Buck changed him forever as a hunter.

"It was surreal," Gillespie said.

Gillespie took the buck from 20 yards.

The mount showcases antlers carrying five drop-tines, the longest being 14 2/8 inches. The antlers grossed 213 3/8, with a net score of 200 5/8 non-typical points.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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