An early Saturday morning gave citizens of Beauregard Parish a chance to test their aim.

At the crack of dawn on Saturday, August 25, the air was filled with the booming cracks of rifle fire, as well as the cheers that followed several of those shots.

For 23 years, Dry Creek Ranch and the Family Life Church has been presenting the opportunity for Beauregard Parish to come together and share in the excitement of skeet shooting. This partnership was forged between owner of Dry Creek Ranch, Josh Sills, and Pastor of the Family Place Church, Glenn Ducharme.

“Back in 1995, Josh (Sills) had gotten a bunch of skeet shooters and he was thinking of using them in a shooting course,” Ducharme said. “Well, we at the church decided we’d give him a hand, have a few of our own join him and get some participants.

“It basically built from there; in ‘95 we started off with 17 members from the church, and then in 1996 we grew to 38. Over the past 23 years, we’ve been averaging at least 350 people a year.”

Members of the Family Place Church volunteer, with all proceeds from the skeet shooting going towards Dry Creek Ranch.

The event holds a $30 entrance fee, offering guests a full 50 clay target course. In addition to the target course, a $10 fee allows participants to shoot for the chance to win an assortment of prizes.

There are four adult divisions, two youth divisions, and a separate woman division.

The event was held on Saturday, August 25, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.