How to start a Turkey Shoot


If you are planning to start a Turkey Shoot you will need a good safe location with plenty of room for parking and enough space to accommodate the shooters. When you have located a space, find out if there any noise ordinances, days of the week, time of day and gaming rules that might apply to your area. Oh yea, did I mention insurance? Check into that! If you need insurance, you can get it through the National Rifle Association.

You want to make note of other shooting matches in your area. Can another shoot be supported by the number of local shooters? If there are other shoots in the area check their shoot dates, times, distance from the trigger line to the target, gun/choke restrictions, shell choice/shot size, rifle sights, stock open bead sights, scopes, barrel length/diameter, shoot rules, and prizes. A successful shoot needs shooters so you don’t want to be in competition with other Turkey Shoots for your new shoot. Can you offer something better? The Shoot has to make money.

Many shoots are run by Hunt Clubs, Family’s, Individuals and Fraternal Organizations like, Moose Lodges, VFW Posts, Elk Lodges, Lions Clubs, Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, the list goes on and on. These groups use the shoots as fund raisers and are often requested to have one by shooters who enjoy our sport of Turkey Shooting (at targets, not live birds). Did I mention that we sale 6”X6” Turkey Shoot Targets? Always a good price, quick turnaround time and shipping is included.

Old country farms with a house or building that can be converted to accommodate a shoot house are great to rent or buy. I have seen some purty ruff shoot houses and some that are indoors with concrete floors not dirt. Nice kitchens, not just a wood stove with a pot of boiling water with hot dogs and on the side ketchup, mustard, and maybe relish, sauerkraut or slaw. The shoot needs a sufficient backstop to catch the spent lead shot, keep it from coming back at the shooters and a guarantee that nothing will cross the line of fire.

If you have the money to start an indoor shoot with a kitchen, food/snacks, tables, restrooms and maybe a buy swap trade area. Let people shoot off stuff on a round, of course they would deal with the money. Get a family affair going that teaches gun safety rules. You need to have TV access for those idle times and FOOD, cause if your shooters aren’t winning or tying, than their eaten and watch’n TV. FREE food (hot dogs and burgers) it's a loser’s way to get even with the house. You might want to get a smorgasbord going where people sale their homemade goodies, vegetables, crafts etc. You can give food away but you might not be able to sell it without a license or complete restrooms with handicap access.

Find the shoots in your area by checking our FREE listing web page and add yours. If you decide to start a shoot then by all means get your listing. The old advertising adage, "If you kiss in the dark you and your girl know what you’re doing but nobody else does".