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Practical shooting competition Sunday


People of all ages and abilities will converge on the Powder River Sportsmen’s Club’s Virtue Flat Shooting Range this weekend for a regional championship shooting contest.

The Idaho U.S. Practical Shooters Association Section Championship event has drawn a record number of 118 registered competitors, said Ray Merritt, match director.

That number includes 15 women and 15 juniors and several professional shooters, Merritt said.

The match is scheduled in Baker City this weekend because the Baker City shooters are part of the Idaho section. The regional championships rotate through five different locations, including Emmett, Nampa, Idaho Falls and Jerome, Idaho, and Baker City in Oregon.

“This is the biggest thing that’s happened in Eastern Oregon that I know of,” Merritt said of the weekend shooting contest. “It’s the biggest thing that’s happened at Powder River.”

He said planning for the competition began about six months ago. 

Spectators are welcome to watch the contest, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and is expected to conclude between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Competitors are expected to come from throughout Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.

They will shoot through nine stages, firing a minimum of 200 rounds, Merritt said.

Twenty-nine trophies will be awarded. There are 27 different state sponsors and a table offering $6,500 in prizes.

The gates to the shooting range, which usually are locked and open to members only, will be open to all Sunday. Spectators are required to wear ear and eye protection to avoid injury, Merritt said.

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