Activity increases at Rod & Gun Club

Mecosta County Rod & Gun Club members get ready for another shoot.
Mecosta County Rod & Gun Club members get ready for another shoot.

MECOSTA — The last few weekends have been busy ones at the Mecosta County Rod & Gun Club.

The Club had a major fundraiser recently with its pancake breakfast.

The club also had its scrap trap tournament at the clubgrounds four miles west of Mecosta, off of M-20. It's a combination of trap and skeet. The afternoon featured a sporting clays shoot. The trap shoots will continue every Saturday morning.

"This starts the season," said Larry Kelsch, who was the chairman for the breakfast and was also taking care of Saturday afternoon's activity. "We had a pretty good turnout (Saturday morning). We haven't had a good turnout so far for (Saturday afternoons)."

But the fundraisers continue to draw huge crowds.

"We do one (fundraiser) every holiday during the summer," he said.

The club sponsored its Hunter's Safety program in May, under the direction of John Glover. Another one takes place in July.

Lee Stearns, of Barryton, was among the attendees at a Saturday afternoon shoot. He's frequently an attendee every Saturday at the Rod & Gun Club.

The Saturday afternoon activity is the six-stand sporting clays shoot.

"I like to shoot," Stearns said. "I enjoy shooting. I've been in (sports shooting) just about all my life. It's just enjoyable."

Stearns is also an active hunter. The area turkey season ended on May 31. But Sterns invests his time in other hunts.

"I hunt deer, I have a crossbow, I've shot two the last two years and I've killed deer with my rifle," he said.

Sterns is also an avid pheasant hunter.

"It's been wonderful the last two, three to four years," he said. "My dog is getting older. We still get out and enjoy it."

Stearns is among the hunters who thoroughly enjoys running and watching his dogs, and is looking forward to the upcoming pheasant season, especially for this reason.