ENTERPRISE — Two boys and a girl each won a new .22-cal. semiautomatic rifle, Saturday, Sept. 18, during the Eagle Cap Shooters Association Youth Shoot.
Jaxom Grover took first place in the 8- to 12-year-old group.
His older brother Kooper Grover won first in the 13- to 17-year-old group.
The boys each took home a new Ruger 10-22 semiautomatic rifle.
Lillian Bostedt, 16, won a Rossi .22 semiautomatic rifle as the top female shooter of the day.
Kim Hutchison, of the Enterprise Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4307, said 36 youths turned out for the event.
Most of them were from Wallowa County, but a few came from beyond the county.
“We had kids from as far away as Umatilla,” he said.
The youths competed in a poker shoot, a bowling pin shoot and a “test-your-limits” shoot, Hutchison said.
The youths who scored high enough in the three events were determined the overall winners.
Competitors were offered firearms to use in the shoot, free ammunition and food during the event, according to a promotional flyer for it.
The event was sponsored by the ECSA, the VFW, the Enterprise American Legion Post 157 and the Eagle Cap Shooters Educational Alliance.
The intention was in part to promote the alliances educational efforts on firearms, according to Jack James of the ECSA.
Hutchison said upcoming Saturday events at the range include a rimfire shoot Oct. 2 and an “old soldiers” military weapons shoot Oct. 16.
Signup for the events is a 9 a.m. and the shoots begin at 10 a.m.
The gun range is at 69105 Ant Flat Road, seven miles north of Enterprise off of Highway 3.