Shooting carnival

ON the Anzac day weekend Taree Wingham Clay Target Club will host the annual two day shooting carnival.

This will begin on Friday afternoon with practice and competition starting on Saturday at 9am. The carnival is due to wrap up on Sunday afternoon. 

Shooters from all over the State are expected to contest the weekend's events with the Flying Fox Fifty consisting of 25 targets double barrel and 25 targets pointscore being the pinnacle of the carnival. This event is held in high regard among the shooting fraternity.

It has been won by past and present Australian representative shooters.

"We are expecting a very good turn out of more than 60 shooters for this year's carnival,'' club vice president Phil Baker said.

"Some top level shooters are keen to attend. Kim Nealon from Yamba, Tony Ryder from Richmond River, Brad Henshall from Tamworth, Geoff Richardson from Guyra and regular Taree Wingham club attendees Brad Hooper from Kempsey and Kerry Miller from Port Macquarie will be some of the top guns looking to take out the title.

"In fact Kim Nealon set the long break record for the club shooting 348 targets straight a couple of years ago at this carnival. If the weather holds out that record could be in danger of being broken this year."

But it's not just the visiting shooters looking to take away the spoils with local members Peter Ryan and Roger Squire shooting impressive scores recently and they hope to be among the top in B-grade. 

Ryan won last year's handicap event where shooters from all grades competed against each other with the best shooters handicapped by shooting from a further distance back than those still refining their skills.

Anyone interested in seeing some high level competitive shooting is encouraged to attend the clay target club on Comboyne Road, Wingham throughout the weekend and have a look.

"We certainly encourage and invite new members to our club and stay tuned for a come and try day for people interested in our sport," Baker added.