You can hear that you’re in the right place before you can ever see it. The muffled sounds of gunfire echoing from off in the trees, just off Old Litchfield Trail.
For almost 100 years the Litchfield Sportsman’s Club has been an oasis for shooting sports enthusiasts, whether it be clays or targets or anything else in between.
On Sunday, Aug. 16, trap was on tap as the club hosted a 100 bird trap derby, with 28 marksmen shooting for bragging rights and a little bit of prize money. Rusty Blurton of Greenville would take the top spot with 93 birds out of 100, winning by two birds.
The derbies are held the third Sunday of every month on the club grounds at 4047 Old Litchfield Trail. There are also trap shoots every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m., which draw in even more shooters.
“During the winter months we may only have a few out here, but we have shoots year-round,” said Kevin Prickett, vice president of the Litchfield Sportsman’s Club.
Next Sunday, Aug. 23, the club will be hosting a fun shoot at 11 a.m., with an abundance of food also on hand as most of the club’s events are part precision shooting and part potluck. While the trap shoots use clay targets, the fun shoots go a little more outside of the box.
“We shoot various fun targets like dartboard replicas,” said Jeni Neece, who organizes the shoots, which are held the fourth Sunday of each month. “I think we will be doing carnival ducks on the 23rd.”
The second Sunday of the month is dedicated to aspirin shoots, which are held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The aspirin shoots are exactly as they sound as shooters try to pick off one of the white pills. If you’re not quite that accurate, there is a slightly larger, two inch circle target that you can score points for hitting too.
In addition to the Sunday events, the Litchfield Cowboys Action Shoots are held every third Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The action shoots are unique in that the shooters use vintage weapons and wear clothing from the old west to enhance their shooting persona.
The Litchfield Cowboys, who have their own page on Facebook, had 31 shooters for their last event on Saturday, Aug. 15, with the aptly named “J.P. Leadslinger” taking the top spot.
In addition to the regular events, the club also has special shoots and is planning a fundraiser for the Montgomery County Cancer Association in the near future according to Prickett.
With more than 200 members, plus guests coming to shoot from other clubs, the club continues to grow and keep shooting sports alive in Montgomery County.
For more information on the club, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/litchfieldsportsmansclub or email them at email@example.com.