News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 5, 2013

KENNY BAYLESS: Sponsors sought for 'Ladies Only' event at Terre Haute Sporting Clays

Kenny Bayless
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Sponsors are being sought at the Ladies Only event at Terre Haute Sporting Clays on Saturday at 10 a.m. Sponsors should be willing to donate $1 or more for every broken bird. Each lady is allowed 25 shots. Flat donations are gladly accepted. Also, organizers are looking for more ladies to participate. Ammo, clay birds, and guns (if needed) will be furnished.

For more info, contact Paul Bridgewater at 812-251-3636. One-hundred percent of the donations go to Breast Cancer Research in the sponsor’s name. Send donations to Paul E. Bridgewater, 4400 W Thralls Ave, West Terre Haute, IN 47885

Laura Borden is happy to announce the First Shots Seminar will be offered on June 1, 2013.

This event is targeted towards new shooters. When it comes to learning about shooting and firearms ownership, not knowing how or where to start can be an intimidating hurdle.

To get you and a friend or family member started, they offer a free seminar. Members and their family and friends of Terre Haute Sporting Clays will have first opportunity to participate before classes are offered to the general public.

Free classes are for rifle, pistol and shotgun sport shooting. The date is June 1 at 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required, so call Laura at 812-535-3787.

Although there may be additional classes, the next scheduled class has been scheduled for September 2013. See for more information on this class and others like it in your area.

For you coon hunters and all-around sportsmen, you’ll need to go visit a country store in Bowling Green called Ringtails and Tall Tales. It’s located across from the park on the main drag in town.

When you step in the door and meet Joe Melin and Kevin Cook, the owners, you will feel right at home. On the walls are wild boar, deer and trophies of all sorts, like an autographed picture of Ken Curtis, Festus from Gunsmoke. My hero!

Old-fashioned sleds with metal runners hang over the door and Joe said he got one of them when he was 10 years old, so add 49 and you know his age.

Boots, Carhart hunting clothes, con hunting lights, dog collars with name tags, plus numerous other hunting supplies fill their shelves.

Fishing stuff and pocket knives are at the back of the store. They’ve even got tracking collars to be able to find your dog. One of the guys suggested, put a couple of diamonds in one of the tracking collars and give it to your wife, so you can see where she’s at all the time.

Another patron of the store said he bought a shocking collar to break a counterfeit hound from running deer. He thought he would try it out by strapping it on a cat and turned up the voltage and hit the button. After watching that cat swim a river and go over the top of a mountain, he never saw the cat or his collar again!

If you ask me, the store should have been named Tall Tales!

Kenny Bayless can be reached by e-mail at