3/25/2014 2:24:00 PM Blythe Trap & Skeet - up and shooting
Members and guests can find Buck Blair, Blythe Trap & Skeet Club honorary mascot, at the club promoting safety first.
Photo special to the Times
Blythe Trap &
Skeet Club member Eric Witzel preps for a 5-Stand target.
Times photo/JACLYN RANDALL
Jaclyn Randall Former Times Editor
Blythe Trap & Skeet Club has spruced up their club by adding more covered patios and paint and now would like to the public to know that they are open for business and invites the public, including the whole family, to come check them out.
Blythe Trap & Skeet Club is a nonprofit organization that has been in operation since the 1950s. Since then it has went through many changes but what has remained the same is their attention to safety. Safety is the number one priority to anyone who operates the club and for all guests.
Club President Bill Mueller dedicates much of his day to making sure the club is a good, clean, happy place that welcomes families, kids, and the ladies.
"This is definitely a good, clean, family sport that can be done right here," said Mueller.
In preparation of the upcoming dove hunting season, the club hosted the hunter safety class with over 50 men, women, and children shooting at targets in hopes of getting licensed. But you don't have to wait for hunter safety class to have groups at the club. Mueller encourages the public to use the facilities to host parties and other gettogethers. Mueller will even open up the facility for parties of five or more as long as he is given a little notice.
"Just give me a call and I will come on out here and open it up," said Mueller.
The week leading up to dove hunting season opening day on Sept. 1, the club is hosting several shoots with a ?-pound rib-eye barbecued steak dinner and all the trimmings included. Aug 30 for $15 for members and $20 for non-members, the club will open at 6 p.m. for locals and offer trap, skeet, and 5-Stand with dinner. On Aug. 31, the club will do it all over again for the out-of-towners and on opening day, the club will do its opening day shoot and feed for anyone who stops by and unwinds.
For $10 a year, members are able to shoot at the club for $6 each shoot with the opportunity to show off skills at trap (target moves away), skeet (shoot in a half circle as the target comes towards shooter), or 5-Stand (nine different machines, nine different speeds, at nine different angles). Non-members can shoot for $7 each shoot.
"We want to get the locals up here and check us out," said Mueller. "Everyone is welcome. We want nice people who are looking for some fun."
Loaner guns are available but everyone must bring their own ammunition. The club is also looking to purchase quality used shotguns to add to their loaner collection.
"We have so many people coming out and needing them that our supply runs low," said Mueller.
Mueller has also invited hunters to sign up for Mexico pheasant hunting trips. The trips will be scheduled for October once the pheasant hunting season opens south of the border. The trips include fully guided hunts, lodging, meals, private hunting areas, cleaning, packaging, and more. Daily bag limits in Mexico are: 45 mourning and whitewinged doves; 30 quail; 30 ducks; and five pheasant.
The club sits just east of the United States Border Patrol at 16460 W. Hobsonway. Enter at the Border Patrol entrance and take the first road on the right and follow it down to the sign, hang a left and there it will be.
"Come on out and get to know us and shooting as a family," said Mueller.
Blythe Trap & Skeet is open Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information on club membership, party reservations, upcoming events, or pheasant hunting in Mexico trips, call Bill Mueller at 760-854-3110.