Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Urbandale Open House (It's alive!)

Gossip that Urbandale Gun Club in Madison Township is dead are terribly misguided.

While the popular public trap and skeet range has seen a series of owners the operation remains in business. Which is good since there are few places where a shot-gunner can go and break clay targets.

To help get the word out that Urbandale is very much alive its current owners will host from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday an open house. During this time shooters can take in a 25-round course of either trap or skeet for just $2. That's $3 off the regular walk-on price and less than other area private ranges.

On top of that the owners will host a cook-out featuring free hot dogs and burgers.

For more information, call 440-298-3200. Urbandale is located at 6347 East Loveland Road.

Getting the word out - Southwick Associates notes that anglers are increasingly turning to the Internet for their main source of information. That's a change from 2008 when the majority of anglers said their primary source were fishing-related magazines.

This time around Southwick's Anglers, Hunters and Shooters Survey revealed that just under 42 percent of anglers got their material from the Internet - an 8.2 percent increase from 2008. Magazines came in second with 32.5 percent.

However, hunters still depend most on the printed word and which likewise represents an increase from 2008. This year 49.9 percent of hunters said their primary source of information came from magazines, up from the 46.7 percent in 2008.

Internet-based information did continue with second place, though. This year 26.1 percent of hunters said the Internet was their Number 1 choice for news, down slightly from last year's 26.9 percent.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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