Turkeys are the prize at East Windsor Sportsman's Club shoots

By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
East Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
David Malo of East Windsor takes aim at a target. The club held multiple rounds at the Oct. 6 turkey shoot, awarding several gift certificates in the process. Photo by Annie Gentile.
David Malo of East Windsor takes aim at a target. The club held multiple rounds at the Oct. 6 turkey shoot, awarding several gift certificates in the process. Photo by Annie Gentile.

A little weather doesn’t stop the East Windsor Sportsmen’s Club from holding its turkey shoots. Participants at the well-attended but rainy Oct. 6 public event stayed dry and comfortable when practicing their marksmanship at the only area club to have a covered shotgun port.

Shooters lined up to try their hand at hitting the center of a target with a shotgun at a range of 25 feet. The closest to the center in each round won a gift certificate from a local supermarket to purchase a turkey.

“Our club has been here for 50-plus years and we presently have about 750 members,” said Jerry Lojzim, a director on the club’s board. “We’re basically a club that promotes safe shooting.”

The East Windsor Sportsmen’s Club sits on about 18 acres of land and features three separate shooting ports for rifle, shotgun and handgun shooting. It is located in a fairly rural area, but as development has increased incrementally in town, the club has taken pains in the past five years to add significant safety features to the grounds, including berms, baffles, eyebrows and walls, as well as added grading, to keep the area safe, Lojzim said.

“We started a [National Rifle Association] range safety officer program and we currently have 37 range safety officers trained to NRA standards,” Lojzim said. Several officers - recognizable by their yellow safety vests - were on hand at the Oct. 6 shoot. “We also hold a hunters’ safety course once a year for new hunters, which we just held yesterday,” he said, explaining that in order to get a license for hunting, one is required to take a safety course.

Besides the turkey shoots, Lojzim said they have also held occasional ham shoots, and some organized rifle, pistol and shotgun shoots.

Club secretary and newsletter editor S. D. Broder noted that the club also holds weekly trap shooting events every Tuesday, led by Lojzim himself. “On Tuesdays - every Tuesday, winter or summer - he holds the trap shoots,” said Broder.

“We have one major social event each year - a pig roast usually held in early September where we invite all our membership, their families and surrounding landowners,” said Lojzim. “This year we had about 250 people attend, about one-third of our membership.”

Lojzim said a number of members that come to the club this time of year are hunters who come to sight-in their deer rifles to get ready for hunting season, which starts in November and runs generally through the end of December.

The East Windsor Sportsmen’s Club will be holding three additional turkey shoots, all open to the public, on Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at their facility on Apothecaries Hall Road in Broad Brook. Participants may bring their own shotguns, but there are usually guns available to use for those who don’t have one.

For more information about the club and its activities, visit the website www.EWSClub.com/clubevents.htm.

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