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Sportsmen practice aim before hunt

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

With hunting season in full swing and deer-gun season ready to kick off next week, the Erie County Conservation League has been busy.

Approaching a membership of 1,000, shooting sportsmen — and women — from all over the state take to the range to test their aim year-round.

But once pheasant season opens and deer-gun season approaches, hunters visit the Mason Road lodge more frequently to amp up their game before seeking out live targets.

“It gives hunters a place to go this time of year to practice up,” said Gary Howell, a past board member and one of Sunday’s participants on the trap range.

It’s a sport that interests people with often otherwise different lives.

“Doctors, lawyers, janitors, to the guy who puts the cheese on the hamburgers at Mickey D’s,” he said.

Membership dues and volunteer hours keep the 100-acre facility up and running, and growing in the

four years it’s been since it moved to the property.

It’s open to the public three times a week with two skeet and two trap-shooting arenas ready for beginners or veterans.

For more on this story pick up a copy of Monday's Register.

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