Bitely sportsman among avid participants in sporting clay shoots

BIG RAPIDS    Winter has hit the area finally, but those who love to shoots sporting clays aren’t taking a break.

Members at the Mecosta County Rod & Gun Club got back to shooting sporting clays last Saturday afternoon, club president Randy Rice said. They had taken a break since the start of the deer hunting season, but were back to a regular schedule. Action starts at 1 p.m.

“Sometimes, guys don’t show up and we can’t control that,” Rice said. “We’re normally around every Saturday.”

Among the participants was Rob Doornbos, of Bitely, who comes out to the club for the shoots about every week. He’s been doing it for three years. He uses a 12 gauge.

The key, he said in being a successful sporting clays shooter is “practice, practice, practice. I like hanging out with the guys.”

Doornbos is among those participants who doesn’t mind seeing some snow on the ground. In some respects, it’s more reminiscent of hunting weather.

Doornbos participated in the goose hunting season.

“We had a real successful year,” he said. “We hunt all over Mecosta.”

Doornbos said he didn’t usually see too many other goose hunters, but went out with other members of the club and also the Reed City Sportsman Club.

“You can sit and talk with each other, then when you see the geese, you can be quiet,” he said. “It’s a hanging out with your buddies type of deal.”


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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