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VAN WERT COUNTY — Believe it or not, the harsh winter weather will soon be just an unpleasant memory! The Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association has several public events scheduled to help usher in the spring season.

On Saturday, March 8 starting at 9:30 a.m., the club will be hosting a Civilian Marksmanship Program sanctioned match. The safety briefing will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the match will start at 10 a.m. If you ever wanted to shoot an M-1 Garand, this is the match to attend. Once you shoot in the match, you will be eligible to purchase an M-1 Garand from the CMP. If you do not have a rifle, the club has M-1 rifles to loan out to the public to use in this match. However, any military rifle may be used. The cost to participate is $2, which is a target fee. If you need to purchase ammo, the club has 30.06 ammo at $20 for forty rounds. For more information on this event, please call (419) 203-5419.

On Sunday, March 23, the club will hold its first turkey shoot of the season starting at 1:30 p.m. The event is for 12 gauge shotguns, however the club also has several 20 gauge shotguns for use by ladies and youth. Shells will be provided at a cost of just $3 per shell. Shooters compete for various prizes such as frozen turkeys and hams by attempting to place a single shot closest to the center of a target.

The club is also conducting a raffle to raise funds for range improvements and enhanced programming. The winner will receive their choice of a Savage Axis 223 rifle with scope or a Ruger LC9 with a laser targeting. Tickets are available at BHS Gun Shop in Ohio City or Patriot Arms in Van Wert.

The Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association is a non-profit organization and is an NRA affiliate club. Its mission is to increase the knowledge and safe practice of hunting skills, marksmanship and other outdoor recreation skills.

The club is located at 9065 Ringwald Road, just south of Huggy Bear Campground. More information on the club and its activities can be found by visiting