South Naknek hosts weekend turkey shoot
South Naknek welcomed neighbors from across the river for a turkey shoot this past Friday and Saturday. The two-day get-together included a night of bingo, a crackling campfire, cooked breakfast and a turkey shoot competition, followed by a potluck dinner held at the South Naknek Village Council building. All ages and abilities were invited to join in the fun. Some flew in just for the shoot itself, while others opted an overnight stay, giving them further time to enjoy the charming community of South Naknek.
The Turkey Shoot was sponsored by the Bristol Bay Borough Parks and Recreation Department in an attempt to bring more community-based activities to South Naknek. Parks and Recreation supervisor Donnie Wood hosted and organized the event.
"South Naknek is often neglected when it comes to public community events and so we were trying to organize a cool event to do over here," Wood said. "The Turkey Shoot was something they did here years ago and so it seemed like a natural fit to start the turkey shoot again. So last year we did it and we did it again this year, but we added a Bingo night Friday, and a little bonfire and cooked breakfast in the morning and added a couple of different events. We added archery and shotgun this year, just to draw a little more of a crowd in and just for people to have a good time."
Turkey Shoot competitions were once an annual tradition in South Naknek, according to South Naknek local, Carvel Zimin, Jr.,
"We used to do turkey shoots all the time, so it's nice to have that tradition come back," Zimin said. "It was started years ago by my dad and a whole bunch of other people that wanted to raise money for the Village Council, for their funds. It was always kind of like a celebration and also a way to bring turkeys and meat into the village just before Thanksgiving. You kind of accomplished two things by having the Turkey Shoot, so it was always kind of nice that way."
When asked if the people of South Naknek enjoyed the visit, Wood answered, "I hope so. It's probably nice to have the event come to them sometimes."