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Submitted by Tom Fieber, Mission Valley Shooting Club

MISSION VALLEY — Our 2015 program for Youth Shoots at the Mission Valley Shooting Club near Ronan came to the end of the year at the Dec. 1 shoot. At our annual December shoot we give rewards to those who participated throughout the past year.

Our top Shooter of the Year with the most first place finishes was Andrey Bauer of Polson. Andrey received a certificate and a $60 gift certificate to Ronan Sports and Western. Andrey and his father, Ken Bauer, were great supporters of the shoots. Ken came up with multiple challenges for the kids throughout the year.

The prize for best attendance was shared by Andrey Bauer and Isaac Cantlon. They split a $40 gift certificate to Ronan Sports and Western.

I wish I could name everyone who comes out to these events and makes them work. Thanks to all of the parents, grandparents and volunteers who help. We average close to 150 youth shooters a year that participate. Not only kids but adults as well shoot with and combine scores with the kids.

Each time a youth attends their name goes into a drawing for a .22 rifle and scope that Ronan Sports and Western donates each year. This year’s winner was Jarod Farrier of Polson. Ken and Andrey had invited Jarod to attend two shoots this year. His name was drawn as the 2015 winner.

These shoots normally happen on the first Sunday of each month. Lunch starts at noon and shooting starts at 1 p.m. We supply all of the equipment and food so all the kids, ages 8 to 18, need to bring is a parent or guardian with them. Families learn to safely handle and use .22 rifles. Every youth that attends wins a prize. This is open to all youths and there is no cost to attend.

The Mission Valley Shooting Club, myself and other donations provide funding to keep this going. Special thanks to Rob Shrider of Ronan Sports and Western and Andy Larsson of Skinner Sights of St. Ignatius — they have been supporting us throughout as we are starting our eighth year. 

Our next shoot will be starting next year on Jan.10 . Come out and join us.


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