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Sportsmen show prowess; Boy, 9, outshoots grandfather with bow and arrow.

Byline: Kim Ring

WARREN - He's been shooting the bow for two years and 9-year-old Clayton P. Courtemanche is pretty good, landing a few arrows square in the turkey, bear and bobcat targets at the annual field day of the Quaboag Sportsmen's Club yesterday.

In fact, he outshot his grandfather, bird hunter Paul R. Tkatz of West Brookfield, at the club's annual field day yesterday.

But Paul R. Tkatz of West Brookfield said the turkeys in his yard are probably safe after his grandson seemed, for a while at least, to be outshooting him at the annual field day of the Quaboag Sportsmen's Club yesterday.

The event is the club's biggest fundraiser, president Richard L. Julian said. There are a variety of shooting events, including running deer, ham and turkey shoots and a pistol shoot, at headquarters on Dunham Road.

A raffle of Smith & Wesson collectibles donated by Donald Mundell was also popular.

Some members spent much of the day shooting clay pigeons - blasting the orange plates to smithereens in many cases.

The one shooter lucky enough to see a green plate launched during his or her turn at the line wins a free year's membership if the shooter hits the moving target.

Clay pigeons are quite popular, in fact Robert Sullivan runs a trap and skeet shoot every Sunday, weather permitting, and about a half dozen people show up.

While there were prizes yesterday, the weekly shoots are "for fun . . . and bragging rights," he said.

The club boasts more than 450 members, including one woman in Alaska, and they try to encourage younger members to take part, learn gun safety and enjoy the sporting life.

Yesterday, many of the kids won patches from the National Association of Shooting Ranges Junior USA Shooting Team Patch Program arranged by George Hood. They shot BB guns and added up their scores, hoping for the 35 points needed for the patch.

Working with Arthur H. Cosby of Warren, they learned not to point their gun at anyone, how to cock it and to aim at the bulls eye.

In the balloon shoot, most every youngster walked away with an ice cream certificate from Howard's Drive-In of West Brookfield.

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CUTLINE: Clayton Courtemanche, 9, sights a standing bear target through his bow at the Quaboag Sportsmen's Club annual field day yesterday.

PHOTOG: KIM RING
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