Cooper Gilkes wins the Fall Shoot


Cooper Gilkes 3rd of Edgartown added to his collection of Top Gun Awards from 1986, 2003, and 2007 on Sunday in this year’s Rod and Gun Club’s Fall Shoot. Cooper outshot 10 challengers by one point, to take the club’s 2010 top gun fall honors.

Second place went to a new member, Ted Saulnier, retired police officer and Tisbury police chief. Last year’s top gun winner, Matt Gamache, picked up the third place position.

Participants had to score highest in four categories to bring home the prize. A total of 21 competitors used the occasion to sight in their guns for the deer season. Doing so, 13 took home canned hams donated each year by Cronig’s Market for this event and the various events throughout the day.

On Sunday, December 12, the club will hold the Annual Black Powder Shoot, enabling the primitive firearms people to make ready for their hunting season. This event is also open to the public. Both traditional and modern firearms may be used. Prizes will be awarded for both primitive and modern black powder firearms.

The club will also award, for the fourth year, a plaque and $100 together, as the Bill Nicholson Award, for the outstanding black powder participant. The winner’s name will also be engraved on the club’s perpetual plaque. This award is being established and sponsored by Bill’s longtime friend, Eddie Belisle.

Refreshments will also be made available for competitors and viewers throughout the day, from 10 am to 3 pm. This event makes for an interesting afternoon watching hunters firing their primitive firearms at various targets. The public is invited.

Call Steve Jordan at 508-627-9500 or Rick Carlson at 508-939-0909 for information.