Shooting Events Planned


The Mesa-based black powder shooting club, Mazatzal Mountain Muzzleloaders, will host its 18th Annual Rendezvous Nov. 9 to 13 at the trap shooting site south of Rye.

Among the events to be held are pistol shoots, trail walks, squirrel shoots, a mountain-man run, shotgun shoots and junior shoots.


A black powder rifle and pistol shoot will be held Nov. 9 to 13 at the trap shooting site south of Rye.

Skill demonstrations will be held Friday and Saturday, and traders with antique and early American items are welcome. Vendors must check in before setting up. The fee for a family is $30, which includes a Saturday evening chili dinner; for singles, the fee is $20.

All campsites are dry, so participants should bring their own water and firewood.

For more information, call Pete Waichulaitis at (480) 833-2788 or Mac McCurdy (602) 989-2772.

MSA benefit

The Mogollon Sporting Association's Great Summertime Giveaway culminates at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 with a drawing for a high-tech, luxurious hot tub.

The drawing will be held at the Plant Fair Nursery.

Tickets are $50 each and only 200 will be sold.

The hot tub is a Beachcomber 350, seating six to eight adults, and is equipped with all the bells and whistles, including underwater lighting, therapeutic massage pump, auto controls, microfilter filtration, 14 water ports, ozone machine and a cover.

Professional setup by Plant Fair is also included. Second prize is a $200 gift certificate to Plant Fair.

Tickets are available from any MSA member or by calling Jack Koon at (928) 474-1662.

TRSC hosts shoot

The Tonto Rim Sports Club hosts a bevy of shooting competitions throughout the year. The shoots are held at the Jim Jones Shooting Range south of Payson. The next event, Sportsman Awareness Day, is Oct. 30. The day will feature black powder, archery and cowboy shooting demonstrations as well as several hands-on opportunities, with equipment provided by the TRSC.

"We will have a range safety officer there to help individuals who would like to shoot .22 (rifles) or try their hand at archery target shooting," TRSC member Otto Weeden said. "We'll have some fun targets, maybe balloons."

In addition to the Sportsman Awareness Day, the range is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p .m. each Saturday.

The fee is $5 per person, with no charge for children under 18.

During the hours the range is available to the public, a volunteer safety officer is on duty.

The range is located south of Payson and east of Highway 87. Take the first left turn .4 of a mile past milepost 249, then drive 1.8 miles to the range.

The facility features three ranges: high-power rifle, covered training and archery.

On the high-power range, all rifles are allowed and target frames are set up at 100 and 200 yards.

The covered training range is for pistols only, but rifles may be used during training or match shooting.

No firearms are allowed on the archery ranges, and target frames are located at 50 and 60 yards.

For more information about the upcoming Sportsman Awareness Day, the range or TRSC, call Weeden at (928) 472-4279.

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