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9/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Real times at Blythe Trap & Skeet Club
Blythe Trap & Skeet is located on West Hobsonway, just east of the U.S. Border Patrol Station.
Blythe Trap & Skeet is located on West Hobsonway, just east of the U.S. Border Patrol Station.
Palo Verde Valley Times Editorial

BLYTHE - The Wild, Wild West with Butch Cassidy and Buffalo Bill standing around waiting for high noon, each with a pint of gin in his hand is what we envisioned prior to heading to Blythe Trap & Skeet Club during dove season's opening weekend.

We expected tumbleweeds rolling across the land and Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane there to greet guests with pistols in their holsters and a suspicious eye under their 10-gallon hats. Instead eager shooters encountered a family atmosphere, friendly faces, and plenty of good food.

Starting with the food, since dusk had already come and gone, Blythe Trap & Skeet Club President Bill Mueller's wife, Shelley, was the perfect host. She loaded up separate bowls with homemade potato salad and beans. She directed all eaters to the corn on the cob that was boiling outside next to the grill that held nearly 10 individual pound-and-a-half t-bone steaks. Then she heralded cake for dessert. Not too sure about dessert, eyes are already bulging from all the food on the plate and in the bowls, but diners accepted the challenge.

After finishing off the good eats and watching all the people who had gathered at the club, the mood in the air was wistful and the conversation lively with stories about how far people had traveled to the Palo Verde Valley for dove season and tales about dove seasons past. Gunshot blasts speckled the night air with the excitement as people dreamed of dove catches to the upcoming weekend.

Club members were more than happy to help people with their shooting stance and give any helpful pointers to the amateur hunters. Then the expert shooters decided to play a shooting game that left the last man standing with a pocket full of cash and bragging rights. Bill must be proud. Wife Shelley not only was hanging in there with the guys but actually outshooting them.

A young girl asked about setting up the five-stand. She said she was comfortable shooting and looked forward to what the club had to offer. Club members set the station up for her and off she went. Actually off shooting she went. The girl never missed the mark. Come to find out she was on the Arizona State University Shooting Team. Impressive.

A few hours into the night, Blythe Trap & Skeet Club conducted a couple of drawings such as the drawing for a Winchester 12-inch 101 that went to Karen Mauldin on Saturday, which marked more shooting, more stories and more good times.

The club is a great place to make memories and learn the safe habits that distinguish a responsible shooter and hunter. The club is great for anyone who is looking something to do. It's a hop, skip and jump from town.

You won't find any real outlaws hanging around, but you'll meet lots of real people ready for a good time.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Animal Lovers are a joke. Why? Because they treat animals better, than they treat their children, or any other person.

If their dog gets sick, they will take that animal to a veterinarian. But if the children get sick, they will wait until the very last moment. To take that child to a doctor.

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Vindhurst

Nobody has bad mouthed you for not bieng a hunter , please show the same respect for us who do enjoy the sport of hunting. We have to go thru numerous tests and steps to become a dove hunter. We pay our money to the state and only take our limit to conserve the population. I myself cook and eat the birds I take during the season , I do not waste them.
And as far as you saying we are selling ourselves and are humanity , please save us the over dramatic liberal talk.


Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Non - Hunter

I grew up in this town, and never gave any thought to the horror that besieges these poor little creatures. I never hunted before. I've been out a couple of times, with friends and watched, and still I found no interest in it. And then I happened upon this quote, and not only did it make sense, but it put everything into perspective! Now I do not care for the hunters that invade our little town, disrepect our community lifestyle, and trash our deserts and land. Sure you can argue that the hunters bring business to our little town. But is it worth our humanity to sell ourselves, to earn a profit to only a few stores in town, in their pockets?

Here is the quote:

"When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature who was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning?"

~ Marv Levy

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Lovely Dove

The dove is such a lovely bird, living and loving life. Why destroy?

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