For the past 28-plus years, a traditional part of the Hardy County Heritage and Harvest Weekend has been a muzzle loading rifle shoot sponsored by the Hardy County Rod and Gun Club.
This year's shoot will take place Sept. 27 at the club range located on the South Branch Road. Competition will get under way at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.
As usual, there will be 10 different shooting events and a tomahawk/knife throwing contest. All matches are traditional in nature, and it takes a perfect shoot to win, according to a spokesperson. "There are no near misses when shooting at a charcoal briquette hanging by a piece of string at 35 yards, or an apple on a stick at 60 yards."
Each match will continue until only one shooter hits the target. A miss of the target eliminates the shooter.
All participants will be shooting flintlock or percussion muzzle loading rifles with open sights, and all matches are standing offhand. The shooters must stand and cannot use an artificial gun rest of any kind.
The three shooters who hit the most targets all day will be named the aggregate winners and each will receive a handmade trophy.
Some of the best shooters from a five-state area attend this shoot. The event is a step back in time to the traditional "meat shoot" where shooters won their winter meat.
For more information, call club secretary/treasurer Daniel Boeddeker at 304-538-3289.