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 will hold our annual marksmanship clinic on 17 February at the Pig Palace (7254-7318 NC-43, Ayden, NC 28513). The clinic is intended primarily for new and itermediate shooters as an introduction to competitive shooting, and especially to the kind of match DEGS hosts each month. A few of the topics you can expect to cover:

On 15 July, the Crusader 4-H Shooting Team held a Rimfire Sporter match, with 14 shooters turning out for the event. They also shot a sporting clays match on the same day. For those that don't know, the team is using CZ 452 rifles on loan from the DEGS inventory. Below are a few photos of the event. The match winners are pictured in the photos, and are (from left to right) K. Alligood shotgun winner, S. Vosburgh rimfire O-Class winner, and A. Waters rimfire T-Class winner. 

Looks like the weather is not our friend this weekend. Due to a chance of steady rain hovering around 80 to 90 percent all morning, we're going to have to cancel tomorrow's match.

Our next match will be held on 8 April (the 2nd Saturday of the month instead of the usual 3rd Saturday) to avoid any possible conflict with Easter weekend. Hope to see you there!

Remember, if you're interested in one of those gorgeous, personalized insulated mugs, drop us a line and we will set you up with one.

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.