Rotarians Host Annual Hunt

Trap shooters lined up ready to take aim. No one was allowed to stand beside or in front of them. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Six Rotarians from out of state are participating this weekend in a tradition that's been happening in Sheridan for more than 60 years.

Terry Weitzel, who's co-chairman of the Sheridan Rotarians' Gunpowder and Buckskin Club, said the club has been inviting out-of-state Rotarians to Sheridan for a weekend of hunting, fishing and shooting since 1954.

The six, five from Columbia, Mo., and one from Florida, arrived in Sheridan Thursday and were treated to a reception where they met their guides, all fellow Rotarians.

Weitzel said that was followed on Friday by a prairie dog shoot in the morning, lunch, a rifle sighting and trap shoot, both at the Sportsmen's Club, and cocktails and prime rib dinner at the Sportsmen's Club Friday night.

Saturday's activities include a hunt on lands east of Sheridan, and a weigh-in. Weitzel:

Sunday, the action will move into the Bighorn Mountains for fly-fishing on the North Tongue River. That will be followed by lunch and an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Best Western. Weitzel said prizes are awarded for the heaviest buck and the smallest buck.

He said the main goal of the hunt is to build fellowship with fellow Rotarians from across the U.S.

Chris Baker, one of the Rotarians from Columbia, said he was having a fantastic time during the event.

Baker said he'd mentioned that the whole invitation from the Sheridan Rotary was to get the out-of-staters to move here. And, he added, the strategy was working.

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Sheridan Rotarian Sandy Baird, left, offers some tips to a visiting shooter. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A shooter takes aim. (Photo by Pat Blair)