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Winter Iowa Games To Return To Area

By Staff | Jan 17, 2008

After selecting Palo Alto County as a location for one of the events in the 2007 Winter Iowa Games, Iowa’s annual citizen celebration will make a return visit on Saturday, February 2 to Sportsman’s Park near

Cylinder for the 2008 Winter Iowa Games. In case of snow or other inclement weather, the event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The Palo Alto Sportsmen’s Gun Club will once again be the host organization for this regional competition in Trap shooting, with club president Don Bruch and vice president Brian Garrels serving as Iowa Games Commissioners at this location. Trap shooting for the Winter Iowa Games will also be conducted at Ackley, DeWitt and Harlan, along with the addition of a site in Montrose.

A total of four events will be shot at the competition: 50 rounds at 16 yards; 50 rounds handicap; 50 rounds of doubles and Youth teams.

The Youth teams are open to shooters in grades 6-8 and 9-12, for both girls and boys. Team scores are combined to determine placings, and the school-age teams will shoot 16 yard and Handicap classes.

Practice rounds will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event, with the actual competition to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Age categories for the competition include Youth: grades 6th – 8th; grades 9th – 12th; College division: 18 -21 years; Men’s: 22 – 64 years; Women’s Open; Veteran: 65 – 70 years and Senior Veteran 71 and older. The age determining date will be age as of September 1, 2007, and current school grade the student is enrolled in for youth divisions.

Hearing and eye protection will be required for all shooters during their competition. All competitors will need to supply their own gun (maximum size 12 gauge), shells – 3 dram, 7 1/2 shot, 1 1/8 oz. maximum.

Medals will be awarded to the top three shooters in each category at each of the four sites. The scores from each regional shooting site will then be combined to determine the top three overall state-wide winners in each category of competition. Those medals will be mailed to the state-wide winners following the competition.

There is a registration fee of $15 per participant, and a target fee of $9.50 per round, due at the shooting range the day of the event.

Participants who register online by Jan. 28 will receive a commemorative T-Shirt, and those who register the day of the event will receive their T-Shirt, based on availability of the shirts at that time.

Food will be available at the shooting range.

Persons wanting additional information can go to the Iowa Games website: www.iowagames.org.

The public is welcomed to come to Sportsman’s Park to view the competition.