Tuesday night, outdoors folk have the opportunity to learn, first-hand, who is running and how.
From 7 to 9 p.m., interested candidates will gather for Meet the Candidates Night at Elma Conservation Club, 100 Creek Road in Elma. Typically, candidates who attend and speak have an interest in furthering gun owners' rights under the Second Amendment and are concerned about the conservation of our natural resources.
Last year, this event drew 14 hopeful office seekers, but the most powerful message delivered that evening was from State Senator Dale M. Volker (R-Depew), who discussed voter presence. Countering claims that adding new voters to the roles might be detrimental to hunting and gun ownership, Volker said, "Bring in new voters and I can assure you that we (pro-gun, pro-hunting advocates) will get our message across."
Volker voiced the ongoing concern that hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts show poor voting statistics. One National Shooting Sports Foundation poll puts the voter registration numbers for hunters at about 16 percent. Only about 10 percent of hunters actually arrive at the voting booth to cast a ballot, according to the poll.
With Hillary Clinton trying to win a Senate seat from New York State -- which could mean two anti-gun Senators would represent the state -- it will be critical for gun owners and hunters to learn about the candidates.
For more details about Candidates Night, call 825-4174.
Perfect trap shooter
Robin Hahn, 44, of Angola, began shooting traps with her husband, Ron, at the Elma Conservation Club some 2 1/2 years ago and this summer she won the C class with a perfect 200 score at the Grand American Championships held Aug. 14 in Vandalia, Ohio. Robin had taken first places in state contests, but this was her first national title.
Her score placed her in the top 13 of finalists at the Amateur Trap Shooting Association event, the only New York State shooter to take a first place in the Singles Class Championship and the first woman shooter to score a 200 in 101 years of competition.