Shotgun team needs a home

By Laura Ann Sills - email

Hamilton, GA (WTVM) - The Harris County Shotgun team has a lot to be proud of. They are the reigning National Champs and just last week they won the 2010 State Championship.  But their real target is a place to call home.

Coach Austin Shepherd said, "It would be nice to have a place to hang our hat."

The team was practicing at the Callaway Gun Club when it closed, since then they have hopped from range to range.

Right now, they drive over 50 miles to Marion County for practice.

Shepherd said this made it hard to recruit new members, "A lot of people did not want to shoot because they were not able to travel."

"The further we had to drive, the less we could really practice.  When we did go practice we made the practice for a long time, we made the most of it," said team member Cody Bentley.

Coach Shepherd has made an offer to lease the Callaway Gun Club, but for now it is out of his hands.

"There is a sense of pride in having a home club.  You get to host shoots and you get to invite people to come shoot at your home club.  It is nice to have a home field advantage," explained Coach.

Home field advantage or not, the team is working hard to keep their National Champion title.

"We want them to be sportsmen, we would like them to win with character or not win," said Shepherd.

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