Friday, November 28, 2008

Guns and Religion..

Kristie and I were going through tennessee when we saw this sign.. I've always heard of a turkey shoot but never knew what it was.. For those of you who would like to know exactly what it is, here's a little history on the turkey shoot..
A turkey shoot is an opportunity for an individual or a party to very easily take advantage of a situation. It also implies that the "shooter" can't lose.
A "turkey shoot" is also a shooting contest where frozen turkeys are awarded as prizes. The shoot is most commonly held, using shotguns aimed at paper targets about 25-35 yards away. Original turkey shoots, however, dating at least to the time of James Fenimore Cooper, were contests in which live turkeys were tied down in a pen and shot from 25-35 yards. If the turkey died, the shooter received it as a prize. This gave rise to the military term (see below). Today, turkey shoots are still popular in rural America, where citizens are all likely to be familiar with shotguns. The winner is chosen according to which target has a shot closest to its center cross-mark. This removes almost all skill from the contest, and allows every shooter an equal chance.
In the military, a turkey shoot occurs when a group or team catch the enemy off-guard or out-gunned to the point of being unfair..


Amelia said...

I saw a sign for a truekt shoot on a back road on our way to Rutledge this weekend, too. I've always heard of them but never seen one.

Amelia said...

Eek on the spelling "TURKEY" shoot