As always with the start of a new year we gather and celebrate the previous year and plan for a new shooting season. This year was no different and we gathered on January 26th for our annual awards banquet and membership meeting.

We kicked off our 2017 shooting season last week with our Garand clinic, and what a great clinic it was! We started out at the Pig Palace, which served as our classroom. There we covered the basics of the shooting positions, sight alignment, how to operate the Garand and much more. If you have never been to the Palace before, it's located a couple of miles up the road from the range and is a beautiful spot with more than enough room for our class.

The Down East Garand Shooters held their third annual awards banquet at the Pig Palace on January 21st. After a magnificent feast, outstanding awards for the 2011 shooting season were presented. The awards for most improved shooter and high were also presented. This year’s most improved shooter was Jimmy Varner who’s 2011 average score improved 14 points over 2010. High shooter honors this year went to Lenn Norment with a score of 288-4X.

Once again, the Down East Garand Shooters celebrated the new year in style with a wonderful banquet at the Pig Palace, appropriately enough, not far from the club’s home range. The food was delicious and the camaraderie was excellent. Awards were given to top shooters from 2010 and several items were raffled off to members, including shooting timers, bore snakes, and a Turner National Match leather sling.