It's that time of year.
"We’re just generally cleaning up weeds and trash, cleaning out all of our skeet machines, and getting prepared for the spring time, which typically is a good time for skeet shooting and trap shooting,” explained Bob Jenkins, president of Headland Skeet and Gun Club.
The club recruited members on Saturday to polish off their shooting grounds. Since the NRA named January 19th National Gun Appreciation Day, members highlighted the 50-year-old club.
"The friendliest people I've ever been around,” exclaimed Jim Robbins.
Athletic Director Jim Robbins has been a member for 15 years. He said it's a great sporting activity to enjoy the outdoors.
Robbins said, "I've got several grandchildren now and the opportunity to get them outside, you know everything is on computers nowadays, so it’s a great opportunity to get the kids outside to experience nature.”
With gun control issues swirling the nation, Jenkins said gun safety is number one priority.
"Of course gun safety is the very first thing. Our gun club is all about promoting shooting sport, play target sport, as well as gun safety, discipline in shooting sport,” he stressed.
However, the club does not sell guns or ammo. They just provide a good time.
Jenkins explained, "We have shoots that bring in people from Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and they'll come here during our competition days."
The club has three skeet ranges, one trap range, and are currently building a rifle and pistol range. Headland Skeet and Gun Club also hosts youth clinics in February to teach gun safety to new learners. To members, it's more than just the sport that brings everyone together.
"They come here for the camaraderie because the atmosphere here is very much along those lines,” said Robbins.
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