Turkey Shoot Benefits Bolar Volunteer Fire Department


The Bolar Volunteer Fire Department holds a fundraiser most every month to help out with needs at the department.  They hold a turkey shoot.

Chris Moore is the Assistant Chief of the Bolar Volunteer Fire Department.

“Everybody brings a shotgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, and we have targets out at thirty yards and you shoot at a small paper target and the person that gets a pellet closest to the center of the target wins the round,” says Moore.   “We do ten rounds each time we do a turkey shoot.  It’s $5.00 a shot and normally you get one shot a round, but you can buy more shots.  Each shot is $5.00 after that too. Right now we’re doing it to raise money for the fire department and right now we are in the process of building a UTV sport utility vehicle and getting a trailer to pull it behind our brush truck, so that we have a small brush unit and rescue unit that we can get up on the mountain a little easier than taking a pickup.”

Usually they have around fifteen to twenty participants.   Shells are provided.

“We give away meats and cheeses,” says Moore.  “We usually do like rolls of Colby cheese and, I think they are five pound, packs of bacon and then pork loin.  We usually do a couple of money rounds at the end.  The winner splits the money with the fire department.”

The turkey shoots are held near Mustoe.  From Monterey, follow Route 220 south for ten miles.  From Warm Springs, follow Route 220 north for thirty-three miles.  At Mustoe, turn on Route 607, Dixon’s Hill Road, and follow the signs.

“We also sell hamburgers and hot dogs at whatnot at the event as well,” says Moore.   “So we usually try to get drinks and stuff like that donated.  If somebody wanted to contact one of us and donate drinks or something, that would be great as well.”

The turkey shoot is usually held the last Saturday of each month.  The fire department will most likely not hold turkey shoots during November and December due to hunting season and the holidays, but plans are in place to start back up again in January.

“We’re going to put heat and everything in where we’re at, so that it’s indoors,” says Moore.  “Well partially indoors, you’re standing indoors, you’re shooting outdoors.”

The next turkey shoot, and probably the last one for this year, is coming up on Saturday, October 31 at 10am.

For more information, contact Chris Moore at 540-468-3677

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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