With deer hunting season beginning Saturday, locals sighted in their rifles at a centerfire match Sunday at the Salonie Creek Rifle Range.
“All of the participants realize the rewards of competitive rifle contests when it comes to deer hunting,” event organizer Michael Kerwood wrote in an email to the Daily Mirror. “Good marksmanship ensures better success at filling deer tags when the moment comes in the field, instead of another, ‘Oh, the big one got away story.’”
Starting Saturday, residents and nonresidents can hunt bucks in the Kodiak Road System Management Area until Oct. 31.
Kerwood was the top marksman on Sunday, shooting past six other competitors to take both the first and second relays with scores of 249.
He drilled the bullseye on 15 of 50 shots in the two legs — each leg consisted of 25 shots at a target sheet with five targets placed 200 yards away.
Kerwood said that a score of more than 225 points is considered an “excellent achievement,” which happened 11 times on Sunday.
“I guess, after several Sundays of either shooting in rain and wind, the seven shooters who showed up Sunday really appreciated the sunny skies and light ocean breeze,” Kerwood wrote. “It was certainly reflected in better than average scores for most of the field.
“However one of the main benefits of competing in any sport is self-improvement, which may also account for scores being separated by very few points.”
Bob White snagged second place in both relays, scoring 247 points in the second relay and 238 points in the first relay.
The next shoot is 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee is $8, with proceeds going to the Kodiak Island Sportsman’s Association. Set up begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Salonie Creek Rifle Range, 11.5 miles south of Kodiak city.
1. Mike Kerwood, 249 points (six bullseyes); 2. Bob White, 238 (2); 3. Jason Humphries, 236 (1) 4. Andy Finke, 231 (2); 5. Ryan Kitka, 228 (1); 6. Velma Vining, 202 (0); 7. Erik Berggren, 156 (2).
1. Michael Kerwood, 249 (9); 2. Bob White, 247 (5); 3. Jason Humphries, 244 (3); 4. Andy Finke, 239 (3); 5. Ryan Kitka, 234 (4); 6. Erik Berggren, 231 (0) 7. Velma Vining, 214 (0).