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Houghton Lake Sportsmen’s Club holding Sight-In Days

The Houghton Lake Sportsmen’s Club invites all area hunters to its annual “Sight-In Days” Nov. 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. which takes place at the club’s outdoor rifle range.

The range is located at 6774 West Nestel Rd., between Tower Hill and Townline roads, Houghton Lake.

Hunters will be able to bring their ri­fles to the range to get them sighted in for the start of the deer hunting firearms sea­son which begins Nov. 15. Visitors to the range will be greeted by club members and given instructions for procedures to enter the range area. All firearms must be enclosed in their case when brought onto the range.

There will be a $5 fee for each fire­arm to be sighted in.

As each visitor signs in, a club mem­ber will place their cased firearm inside the covered firing point table. There will be six shooting benches set up and as each bench becomes available the next shooter in line will be taken to the firing point table and will designate their fire­arm from the table.

The club member will uncase it, will check the barrels to assure there are no obstructions and that the firearm is not loaded. The club member will then bring the firearm to the bench where the shoot­er will choose what distance he or she wishes to shoot – 25 yards, 50 yards or 100 yards. Each bench will have a spot­ting scope available to spot hits on the target and the club member will assist the shooter in making sight adjustments as necessary.

During the process there will be oth­er club members on hand to help with any problems that arise with the firearm and to assist in changing targets on the range. Range officers from the club will be present at all times to assure all safety rules are followed and all safety precau­tions are observed during the sighting in process and while on the firing line.

Members of the Houghton Lake Sportsmen’s Club look forward to wel­coming area hunters and members of the community to the range facilities for this annual event.

The Houghton Lake Sportsmen’s Club has been active in the community since 1952 and is a family-oriented or­ganization featuring an enjoyable and safe environment for firearms and ar­chery sports. Club members volunteer to organize leagues for archery, rifle, pistol and black powder matches throughout the year, sponsor an NRA Junior Rifle Marksmanship Program for area students during the school year and participate in the Enrichment Days events in the com­munity. The club has affiliations with the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce, NRA, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Civilian Marksmanship Program, United States Practical Shooting Associ­ation (USPSA), Michigan Bow Hunters and USA Archery.

Monthly members meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Club facilities are available to members and their family all year round and offer indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, hunting and fishing activities, annual special events and public events throughout the year. For information about the club visit sites.google.com/ site/houghtonlakesportsmensclub for details about membership dues, ranges, public events and contact information.

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