Gunslinger Accepts $1,000 Plus For Youth Trap And Skeet Club


Caitlin Harold, a 9-year-old member of the Payson Gun Slingers youth trap and skeet club, gladly accepted on Saturday evening at an NRA banquet a $1621.60 check that will be used to help the Payson Bird Busters continue their program of training local youth in the proper use of firearms.

Caitlin Harold, a 9-year-old member of the Payson Gun Slingers youth trap and skeet club, gladly accepted on Saturday evening at an NRA banquet a $1621.60 check that will be used to help the Payson Bird Busters continue their program of training local youth in the proper use of firearms.

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Caitlin Harold, a 9-year-old member of the Payson Gun Slingers youth trap and skeet club, gladly accepted on Saturday evening at an NRA banquet a $1621.60 check that will be used to help the Payson Bird Busters continue their program of training local youth in the proper use of firearms.

Caitlin Harold, a 9-year-old member of the Payson Gun Slingers youth trap and skeet club, gladly accepted on Saturday evening at an NRA banquet a $1621.60 check that will be used to help the Payson Bird Busters continue their program of training local youth in the proper use of firearms.

Bob Albert, a volunteer NRA Shotgun Lead Instructor, presented the check to young Harold at the festivities held at the Mazatzal Casino and Hotel.

Specifically, the money is a grant from the NRA foundation that help the Bird Busters continue their Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) that this year began Oct. 1 and will end March 31.

Harold was one of the 14 local youths, ages 9 to 16-years, to participate in SCTP.

Most of those who participated had earlier earned their NRA Basic Shotgun Certification in classroom training in Payson and hands on practice at the Bird Buster’s range in Rye.

Tom Benson, Lou Chabrier, Ron Kuhn, Russ O’Rourke, Bob Seiler and Albert coached the youth the certification process.

To serve as volunteer coaches, the six were required to participate in a certification of their own, which the NRA sponsored last year.

“All of the coaches have enjoyed interaction with the young shooters,” Albert told the media. “None of them had ever fired a shotgun before, but now they are regularly breaking targets at the range.”

Albert says the donation Harold accepted will allow the Bird Busters to continue the program and, “Keep these kids active for another year.”

In addition to Bird Busters receiving the grant, the Arizona and Fish Department assists with the program by providing training materials, shotguns, ammunition targets and transportation support to the Rye range.

For more information on the club or program go to: www.birdbusters.com.

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