From the President's desk
September 12, 2017
Remember the club monthly membership meeting on Monday, October 02, in the clubhouse at 7:00 pm.
September 11, 2017
Very hard to believe that it's been 16 years since the attack on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. Now the country is recovering from two devastating hurricanes. Here at the MCGC things seem to be going along as planned. We completed an ATA Trap shoot Saturday with 67 shooters. All went well with that shoot and we are in the sixth week of our ten week Fall Trap League. We have lots of other events planned before the snow flies. Don't forget the club pistol shoot on Saturday Sep 16, show up at 8:30 am for a 9:00 start.
August 31, 2017
August has been a busy month. We have had a High Power Rifle Match, a night time 'in the dark" Club Pistol shoot and we hosted the Tennessee State Skeet Shoot, a three day event. Thank you to all the volunteers that made this possible. A special thank you to Don Huebschman for running the rifle match, Shawn Berryhill and Mike Parris for coming up with the idea of a night pistol shoot and bringing it to fruition. Hosting the Tennessee State Skeet Shoot was a special honor for MCGC but it would have been impossible without a host of volunteers to prepare your club for such an event. I would like to mention some of the people who made it possible. Tim Byrd, Steve Burt, Milton Crutcher, John Davison, Phil Devine, William Dunnebacke, Devin Farmer, Randy Gray, Lee Groover, Brian Lewis, Dave Peterson, Mike Rolla and Lon Wilson all helped with the preparation and operation of the shoot. We had a wonderful lunch on Saturday and Sunday for over 150 people. That lunch was planned, prepared and served by Roy Boyd, Jan Crutcher, Suzanne Devine, Bill Osborne and Carol Terry. This club has a wonderful cadre of volunteers that make MCGC what it is, Thank you all.
Speaking of volunteers, have you been up to the rifle range lately? Howard Parker (past President), Ron Bell (past Board Member) and John Moomaw (rifle Range Officer) have taken it upon themselves to clean up the rifle range. It looks great, Let's give a big , Thank You, to all three when you see them.
Tennessee State Skeet Shoot
MCGC is once again honored to host the Tennessee State Skeet Shoot. The shoot will be a three day event commencing Friday August 18 at noon and go through Sunday August 20. If you would like to see the best Skeet shooters in TN come and watch. or even better come and shoot. Further information is on the NEWS page.
August 16, 2017
Club Pistol Shoot
This Saturday night August 19 we will have a NIGHT shoot. Bring a gun mounted light or a hand held flashlight. Shawn Berryhill says to come at 6:00 pm to help set up the course, shooting will commence at dark.
August 05, 2017
Wow! This is a busy time. Carol and I just got back from a two week vacation is Minnesota visiting family and friends. MCGC Fall trap league started last Thursday, August 03, and will run every Thursday for ten weeks. It starts at 4:00. "Come on down" it's a great time to meet new friends and get a little trap shooting in, it's not too late.
Tomorrow I will depart for the Grand American Trap Championships and shoot through August 12. We always have a lot of club members there. Some even win a trophy or two.
Five days after we get back from the Grand American, MCGC will host the Tennessee State Skeet Shoot, August 18, 19 & 20. Don't forget the Pistol shoot on the third Saturday of every month and the rifle shoot the first Saturday of every month. Like I said Wow! we are really busy this month.
July 18, 2017
Thursday night Trap league starts August 3rd at 4:00 pm.
Remember the ATA Trap shoot in five days, July 22 at MCGC . Also remember the Trap Doubles Marathon ATA registered shoot on July 29th. Starts at 9:00 am, registration starts at 7:30 am.
July 6, 2017
Spring Trap League Banquit is tonight at 6:30 pm at the clubhouse. Please bring a covered dish that you can share.
July 06, 2017
THIS IS A NEW ADDITION TO OUR SCHEDULE.
On Saturday July 29 we will hold a registered ATA Trap Doubles Marathon. Shooting starts at 9:00 am registration at 7:30 am. Cost will be $25.00 for the first 100 targets and $20 for every 100 targets thereafter. No trophies but lots of fun. Bring all the shotgun shells you can carry because we will shoot until you either run out of shells, daylight or enthusiasm. For those who have never seen or shot Trap Doubles we will have at least three of the best doubles shooters in the state, Mitch Loveless, Don Kerce and Steve Rice. Unfortunately, last years Senior Veteran Tennessee State Doubles Champion will be fishing in Minnesota that day. Y'all come and break them all.
Good shooting and be safe, Bob
July 03, 2017
Remember, tonights Membership Meeting is CANCELED due to HOLIDAY.
June 23, 2017
Date change for the July ATA shoot. Due to a conflict with an AIM Shoot we will hold our ATA shoot originally scheduled for July 29th one week earlier on July 22nd.
June 20, 2017
JULY 03 MEMBERSHIP MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to the July 04th Holiday.
Well done Savanna Brock. Savanna has shot 100 straight singles targets at both the Mississippi and Alabama State Trap Shoots. In addition to that great accomplishment she won Lady-1 High Over All.
June 18, 2017
Spring Trap League Banquit has been rescheduled to Thursday July 6th, 6:30 pm due to conflict with the KY State Trap shoot
June 07, 2017
Caleb Clayton's Big Day
On Friday June 02, 2017 I witnessed a spectacular display of Sub Junior Trap shooting at the Alabama State Trap Shoot. Our own Caleb Clayton started the day by winning a shoot-off for the previous days Handicap event. Caleb then proceeded to shoot 100 straight doubles targets to win his second Champion trophy. If that wasn't enough he then shot a 95 in handicap from the 24.5 yard line to win his third Champion trophy of the day. Now get this, after winning three events in one day he proceeded to Singles where he again shot 100 straight targets to win his fourth Champion trophy of the day. All I can say is WOW and a mighty well done to you Caleb, we at MCGC are so proud of you.
June 06, 2017
ATA shoot will be held Saturday June 10, Shooting starts at 9:00 am, Registration at 8:00 am.
Club pistol shoot
Saturday June 17 at 8:30 am, at the pistol range.
Spring Trap League Banquet will be at the Clubhouse June 29 at 6:30 pm. Please bring a covered dish to share.
May 18, 2017
ATA shoot will be held on May 27, Shooting starts at 9:00 am, registration at 8:00 am.
May 17, 2017
Don't forget the Breast Cancer fundraiser this Saturday May 20
“Shoot for a Cure”
Breast Cancer Awareness Shoot
Looking for Shooters and Sponsors for “Shoot for a Cure”.
Please contact Don Kerce at 931-982-6222 home or 386-546-0466 cell
or Denise Snackenberg 931-626-5008
OPEN TO ALL SHOTGUN SHOOTERS
All money goes to The Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Center Fund
May 20, 2017
Registration opens at 7:30 AM
Entry fee $25 per individual shooter $125 per team (5)
TROPHIES and Door Prizes
EVENT 1 – Trap Singles
Start time 9:00 AM
25 Single Targets
EVENT 2 – Skeet
25 Skeet Targets
Awards to: Awards to:
High Lady’s Novice Shooters 12-18 yrs High Overall
19-29 years, 30 and up High Skeet High Trap
Ties will be done by a Drawing
Team Awards to: High Ladies Team
and High Overall Team
Breakfast items and Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be available
In the Club House
Novice shooters?????? NOT A PROBLEM. We will have coaches available to help. We will also have loaner guns available. Ammunition will be available for purchase.
These Team and Individual shooter Donations are Tax Deductible if checks are made to Maury Regional Foundation.
April 28, 2017
General information about club finances
We are in excellent financial order and see no reason to raise dues or clay target prices at this time. That is thanks to you the volunteers. With the exceptions of clubhouse cleaning, shotgun side grass mowing, trash pick-up and new construction everything at MCGC is done with volunteer labor. To the recollections of our Board of Directors we have not had an increase in dues or targets in 10 years and we want to keep it that way. Thanks again to all of you who have come to help every time there's been a need.
Our fixed costs are about $35,000.00 a year, that's taxes, insurance, utilities and the above mentioned labor costs. That's just to keep the gates open and does not include any equipment replacement or club improvements. We have roughly 400 families but about 100 of those do not pay dues because that's a PERK for being a range officer or are lifetime members. Therefore about 300 of our families pay the $90.00 annual membership dues. Dues income amounts to $27,000 leaving an $8,000 shortfall in covering fixed costs. Just making enough to cover the fixed costs would not allow any money to replace existing equipment as it wears out or make any club improvements. Let's just talk about the big ticket items we have purchased in my tenure as president. It cost $19,000 to pave the clubhouse road, $4,000 to build trap house on field #1, $2,600 for new lawn mower for the rifle range, $4,000 to build the pavilion on field #5, $14,000 (less NRA grant of $6,550) to build trap field #7, $3,000 for steel targets at the rifle and pistol ranges. In addition to those costs we have traded in three of our oldest PatTrap machines on three brand new Wobble PatTrap machines at a cost of $13,000. That doesn't include replacing the clutch and hydraulic controls on our tractor, deep cycle batteries for the sporting clays field, trimming the Bradford pear trees, removing the fallen trees on the rifle range road, rebuilding the picnic tables and benches on our fields, having our septic tank repaired and all the little things like paper products and Port-O-Potties. Here's one I never would have guessed, those heavy duty trash can liners we use, last year we spent over $600 on them.
Well, if you made it through the above paragraph without your eyeballs caging and falling off your chair from the induced coma it put you in, you're probably asking yourself the key question. How do we stay in business? We do it by selling clay targets. Lets analyze the cost and profit in just one round of trap. Our cost is 7.5 cents per target or $1.88 per round of 25 targets. Our revenue varies depending whether the shooter is a member, nonmember or member paying with a punch card. A member paying $3.00 cash our profit is $1.12. Member paying $2.67 via punch card our profit is 79 cents. Nonmember paying $6.00 our profit is $ 4.12. That's a huge variable $4.12 vs $0.79. We are in business for our members but without those occasional $4.12 profits we would have to raise member prices.
Here is where you can help. Wasted targets really hurt our ability to "live long and prosper". You see it every day you are at the club. A shooter on station talks, the electronic speaker picks up the sound and a target is wasted (7.5 cents wasted) The next shooter has a semi-automatic and closes his bolt when it's his turn to shoot, the electronic speaker picks up the sound and fires another wasted target (7.5 cents wasted). After every one has shot five shots it's time to rotate, when in your new shooting station you notice the speaker isn't where you like it so you move it. The metal base scrapes the concrete and the electronic speaker picks up the sound and wastes another target (7.5 cents wasted). We have all done it but we can also prevent it by using correct procedures. 1. Never talk on the shooting station. 2. If you have a semi-automatic shotgun take advantage of the 1.5 second delay from the time the system throws a target until it arms itself to fire the next target. How do you do that? Be ready to close your bolt and close it when the person shooting before you fires his gun. 3. Move your speaker without making any noise. There's no telling how many thousands of targets are needlessly wasted in a year's time, but I can tell you for every thousand wasted it's the cost of eight boxes of targets, 135 targets per box.
Thanks for reading through all these boring numbers, I hope they will give you a better understanding of how your club functions.
April 27, 2017
General Membership Meeting
Monday May 1st is our next monthly general membership meeting. It will be held in the clubhouse starting at 7:00 pm
High Power Rifle Match (NRA)
Saturday May 06 will be our next rifle match. Start time is 9:00 am at the rifle range.
Mitch Loveless Trap Clinic
Saturday May 06, 9:00 am Mr. Mitch Loveless will conduct a trap shooting clinic at the trap field. I have personally taken this clinic and can highly recommend it to all ages, even us "over the hill" shooters. You can contact Mr. Loveless at (615) 691 0746 for details.
April 21, 2017
Last Friday and Saturday MCGC was host to a J O Practice event. We had 35 young shooters preparing to compete at the Paris TN Junior Olympic Trap competition that will be held tomorrow and Sunday. On April 28, 29 & 30 The Skeet portion of the TN State Junior Olympic competition will be held at MCGC. We feel very honored to host this wonderful event.
April 20, 2017
Summer hours of operation
Starting tomorrow, April 21, Skeet and Trap will be open three days a week. Fridays 3;00 to 6:30 and normal hours on the weekend. Later in the summer if volunteer Range Officers can be found we will increase hours of operation to Five days a week.
April 07, 2017
April 14 & 15 Friday and Saturday MCGC will host a PRACTICE EVENT for the upcoming Junior Olympics. We will be practicing International Skeet and International Wobble Trap. Fridays practice will commence at 10 am and conclude at 4 pm. Fridays event will cost regular club rates, $6.00 for non members and $3.00 for members per round. Saturdays practice event will be a 100 target Junior Olympic Match with trophies, cost will be $40.00 per shooter. Shooters must chose to shoot Skeet or Trap, not both. We expect Saturdays events to be completed by 1:00 pm, allowing normal club shooting for members.
April 04, 2017
Thursday Night Spring League
Just two more days till Spring Trap League starts. Form your five person Trap squads. If you don't have a complete squad see Don Kerce and he will help you find a place on a squad. The club will open at 3:00 pm, shooting will commence on three fields as soon as your squad is ready. The League will shoot for ten weeks followed by a Banquet where a good meal is served and trophies are presented. Every shooter will contribute $10.00 to buy the trophies. Good luck, and have fun.
April 3, 2017
Club Pistol shoot
Saturday April 15 will be a big day for pistol and small caliber rifle shooters. We will have a two (small caliber) gun pistol and rifle shoot at 8:30 am on the pistol range. Bring your 22 caliber pistol and 22 caliber rifle and lots of ammo. If you don't have access to a 22 rifle, bring a rifle that is chambered for pistol center fire ammunition. It will be fun so "come on down".
March 14, 2017
Friends of NRA Banquet
The venue for Saturdays (March 18 @ 5:00 pm) banquet has been changed to Columbia Academy due to construction at the Armory. For those not familiar with Columbia Academy it is located on Trotwood Ave. The banquet will be held in Vest Hall, It has a red roof.
Our own Hayden (Beaudreaux) Stewart has won the Gold Medal at the World Cup Skeet Match in New Delhi, India. Ronnie Lunn told me when Beaudreaux started shooting at MCGC as a child, he was so young his shooting vest hung below his knees. Well Done Beaudreaux!
February 18, 2017
Today's Two Gun Jungle Walk was cancelled due to the rain. It is rescheduled for Saturday February 25 at 8:30 am at the pistol range.
The SCTP Trap shoot will be held February 25 at the shotgun side. Registration starts at 8:00 am, shooting starts at 9:00 am
February 06, 2017
Don't forget about the Membership Monthly Club Meeting tonight, 7:00 pm at the clubhouse.
January 30, 2017
The following is an excerpt from the upcoming Firing Line
Many of you have seen the new website "maurycogunclub.com". The site gives me the ability to communicate with the membership without waiting for publication. This is such a vast improvement to club communications that the Board of Directors has decided to suspend the Firing Line. This will be the last issue. I urge you to regularly check the website for the latest and greatest club news. Yes, I am trying to join the 21st century.
January 29, 2017
It's with extreme pleasure that I can announce, our own Don Kerce has been inducted into the Florida Amateur Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame. This is a pinnacle honor bestowed for a lifetime of dedication and promotion of Trap shooting. Don has annually earned a position on the All American Trap Team for as long as I can remember. His dedication includes coaching the Zion Christian Academy Trap Team to State and National Honors. Don is the kind of a man that you will see, one on one, with a youth shooter whenever there is daylight and a clay target. He has endless energy and a tremendous desire to help.
For the last four years Don has organized, promoted and run a fundraiser called "Shoot for the Cure". Last year his efforts raised over $3,300.00 for the Maury Regional Breast Cancer Women's effort.
Don divides his time between Florida and Tennessee with homes in both states. It's our loss that all of his competition shooting and the majority of his efforts are under the Florida banner. Maybe, if he ever slows down, we can convince him to concentrate on us alone. Regardless of where he exerts his efforts I can say without reservation, Don Kerce is one of the finest men I have ever met. A superlative man in all regards who I am proud to call friend.
January 17, 2017
We are wanting your input on starting a ladies shooting group to meet monthly at the Gun Club. This group will cover all disciplines including Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, Personal Safety and Protection and a monthly educational topic. Also included will be lots of fun and laughter – Shootin’ and Hootin’!
If you would be interested being a part of this group, please contact:
Beth Fischer at (931) 215-3564 /email@example.com
January 13, 2017
I finished the 2017 calendar of events for the club. Check it out on the Events page of the website. Sorry about the vertical columns not lining up, they were vertical when I pasted them from Word to the Website. I'll ask the sixth grader next door how to fix it. As you can see from the calendar we are an extremely active club for our 413 families. Monthly meetings are held in the clubhouse at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of each month. I personally would like to encourage all of you to attend.
Thanks to Don Kerce, Roy Boyd, Ronnie Lunn and many others Trap field Seven is throwing targets. We will pour the concrete for the shooting stations as soon as weather permits. For those of you who didn't hear, the NRA granted us $6,550.00 to help us build Trap field seven. The NRA is very active in its support of youth shooting. With the addition of a Trap on field one and field seven MCGC was able to take on two new high schools. Summertown and Columbia Central High Schools are now home based and practice at MCGC. That makes six high schools and one college who call us home. Congratulations to Martin Methodist College the current Division one Champion of the United States of America.
January 07, 2017
It's Saturday, it's cold (16 degrees) and the snow and ice on the gravel road going up to the pistol and rifle ranges are too iced to safely use. Therefore the pistol and rifle ranges will be closed today, shotgun side will be open. Thank you Dave Parks for braving the elements to check out the club conditions this morning.
At the January club meeting the current officers and Board of Directors were reelected for the year 2017 by acclamation. There was no opposition. Twenty Yea's and zero Nay's was the result of the voice vote.
I am extremely happy to announce that MCGC will be the host club for the International Skeet portion of the 2017 Tennessee Junior Olympics, April 28-30. I'm equally proud to announce that we also will host the 2017 Tennessee State Skeet Shoot, August 18-20.
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