Jack Adrianse gaining recognition at sportsman club with shooting skills
REED CITY -- Jack Adrianse of Reed City has been shooting since 1986 at the Reed City Sportsman Club.
“I started with a 4-H program here,” he said. “I took a little hiatus when I was in the service.”
His uncle Mike is also an active shooter at the RC sportsman club. Jack usually shoots at the club about two days a week.
Jack Adrianse was state runner-up in a shooting class named for his uncle, who had won the event the previous year, and also won the Michigan Class A singles this summer in the Lake Superior handicap out of the Great Lakes Grand in Mason.
“There’s five satelite Grands and this one was held in Michigan,” Adrianse said. “There’s some in Florida and one in Arizona.”
It was one of his top achievements for this year, Adrianse noted.
The most enjoyable part of shooting, Adrianse said, is the people that he meets.
“It’s the people you get to meet everywhere,” he said. “I like the challenge and the people. There’s the women, children old guys and young guys.”
Adrianse is also an avid whitetail hunter around the area and also out of state to places like Wyoming and Oklahoma with relatives. He’s involved in all three seasons -- bow, gun and muzzleloader.
“They’re saying it’s looking better,” he said of 2012 prospects. “Last year was pretty dismal.”
Out west, he shot an 11-pointer in Wyoming.
Small game hunting also interests Adrianse. He’s also an avid fisherman and goes to a private pond just outside of town.
“There’s pike, perch, bass and bluegill there,” he said.
Favorite ice fishing spots for Adrianse are Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell plus the Haymarsh.
A 13-inch bluegill is among his pride and joys, He caught it at Haymarsh two years ago.
“I have him mounted at the house,” Adrianse said. “I was thinking that I can’t throw him back.”
Target shooting runs in the Adrianse family, Jack noted.
“My grandpa shot, my uncle, my dad, my brother shoots, I have cousins that used to shoot,” he said. “I like to see how I can match up with the rest of the guys.”