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Gun Club Opens in Sherwood

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The sound of gunfire has been heard a bit more near the Canadian border this year.

Now there is nothing to worry about -- nothing illegal happening.

A local gun club is making a comeback, and people are picking up a sport in the Sherwood area once again.

Perry Olson takes us north of the Renville County town for the story.

"Pull!"

(gun firing)

(Brian Knutson - Sherwood Gun Club) "It is easy to shoot...it is harder to hit!"

The sound of trap shooting is ringing through the air near Sherwood once again. This club has been here since 1979 -- but this new addition is bringing people back.

(Jomarie Knutson - Sherwood Gun Club) "Here just last weekend there was an auction sale in town and a gentleman he walked out and heard the shooting so he had to find out where it was coming...so he came out and wants to join the club."

In fact numbers are up -- 20% of the population has joined...keeping these stations occupied a couple of days a week.

(Jomarie Knutson - Sherwood Gun Club) "We have over 50 active shooters. In a town of about 250 people or thereabouts that is pretty good."

And that means women -- and kids too.

(Brian Knutson - Sherwood Gun Club) "You see some determination in the kids. They get out here and even if they don't shoot great they keep trying."

Layne Driscoll is in his second year, making strides all the time

(When you started what were you scoring? Like three or two. So you've made some big strides? Yeah.")

In fact, his best is 13 out of 25 -- by next year...he may be firing perfect scores.

(Brian Knutson - Sherwood Gun Club) "You get to see the kids start up. They start out shooting zeros and the next thing you know they are shooting 50s and 20s. We had a kid here the other night who shot his first 25 and then got his first 50 the same night."

The city of Sherwood owns this land...and has allowed the club to grow with this addition. A new four seasons structure...

(Brian Knutson - Sherwood Gun Club) "There has been a lot of support. All of this has been donated money or grants."

A big chunk of that came from Game and Fish, and it has re-energized, getting back into a sport they've loved for years. North of Sherwood, Perry Olson, KX News.

Knutson says the addition of the building should allow for a winter league to start up this year as well.

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