A rootin’ tootin’ cowboy shoot

The Boone Valley Izaak Walton League will be hosting a Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time Shootin’ on Saturday, June 22 beginning at 9 a.m.

The event will be held at the Boone Valley Ikes Lodge, located 7.5 miles south of Webster City on Fenton Ave.

Sign up begins at 8 a.m. with a $15 entry fee. Entry fee includes ammunition.

Ikes member Doug Ritter was busy Saturday morning preparing the site for the upcoming event.

“We held one of these last spring as a fundraiser for the Ikes,” said Ritter of the first event in 2012.

The competition will involve contestants advancing through several staged target areas in a timed event.

Previous stages have included “Killing Time” where a contestant is required to hit a number of days on a calendar. Another stage has included “The Luck of the Draw” where a shooter tries to hit a playing card target.

There will also be a Three Person Stick Shoot where three contestants try to sever a marked stick in a timed competition.

The Boone Valley Ikes’ event is patterned after popular competitions which are being held throughout the United States and broadcast on television, he said.

A replica of a 1880 Montana Territory town at the Ikes’ Lodge serves as the backdrop for the event, said Ritter. A jail, constructed five years ago serves as shoot-out headquarters. Bank and saloon storefronts serve as staging areas for the competition.

While cowboy attire from the 1880’s is encouraged but not mandatory, a cowboy hat is required while shooting as are safety glasses and hearing protection, said Ritter. Regulation cowboy hats will be available for contestants if needed, he said.

Contestants are encouraged to dress as a favorite “B” movie idol or a 1950’s TV Western character, he said.

The tournament is not a sanctioned S.A.S.S. event and all contestants must be 18 years of age or older to compete.

The only firearms allowed in this competition will be 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 410 and .22 caliber single action revolvers, lever or pump rifle and shotguns with open hammers or coach guns. All guns will be checked at sign-in and no loaded firearms will be allowed except in the staging areas.

Membership to the Boone Valley Izaak Walton League is not required to participate, said Ritter.

The public is welcome to attend and is encouraged to don western gear, said Ritter.

Lunch will be available and maps can be accessed at boonevalleyikes.com.