By Rob Potter
DEBRUCE The Sullivan County Long Beards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) held its second annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen shooting event last Saturday on Hunter Lake Road in DeBruce.
The event gives wheelchair-bound adults the chance to compete against each other in a target shoot.
Those adults shot at paper targets using a .45-caliber rifle and a .17-caliber rifle.
“We had six shooters this year,” Long Beards Treasurer and Event Chairman Hank D’Auria said. “We had some more who registered but didn’t show up, which I think was because of the weather.”
D’Auria was referring to a light rain which fell during the morning hours of the competition.
The Long Beards treated the shooters to lunch and refreshments during the competition, which lasted from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
Wayne Griffin of Woodbourne earned first place in the event. He had a final score of 99 7X, which meant that he earned 99 points with his shots and seven of those shots pierced the dead center of the target’s bullseye.
Billy Kelly of Endicott took second place with a score of 97 3X. Lisa Chesney of Roscoe finished third with a score of 97 1X.
All three shooters were awarded trophies and Griffin received a $50 gift certificate to the Rockland House in Roscoe for winning the competition.
Long Beards President Butch Kortright noted that his friend Griffin taught himself to shoot left-handed after suffering a stroke which affected the right side of his body.
Kortright also said that Griffin still enjoys deer hunting.
“One of us will go out with him and make sure he gets a deer this season,” Kortright said.
Chesney is also looking forward to the upcoming deer hunting season. She also enjoyed Saturday’s target shooting event.
“I am happy,” Chesney said. “This was something exciting to do.
“I just like to go out and do some shooting,” she added.
D’Auria noted that the Sullivan County Long Beards won an NWTF award for hosting the best Wheelin’ Sportsmen event in North America last year.
He said the Long Beards will definitely be hosting the event again next year.