My name is Cecil Nye.
Head coach of our high school shooting team and owner of the shooting range where they shoot.
Our team took 2nd place in our conference, and we are very proud of them, but there are some serious problems.
One of our neighbors wants to shut us down and close the shooting.
We need any donations anyone can help with as this is now ending up in court.
Some background on our range.
The shooting occurred in 1973, with the first trap field set up here in 1975. A second trap field and a third were put in the following year to accommodate a growing number of registered shooters. At the time, a layout and walkways were established for a 4th field with some concrete poured for walkways. At this time, the first field was no longer in use and eventually, the 4th field construction was finished. This property has been continuously used for shooting sports during summer, fall, winter, and spring since 1975.
Both regular trap-shooting target throwers and hand-held target throwers targets have been thrown for sporting clays and upland game bird hunting practice. For this purpose, my Dad had placed several throwers on the back half of our property in the late 70s. That area has been continually used every year for clay target shooting. Also, a rifle shooting gong and 22 targets were set up and used there. We have an annual event with shooting for our fallen shooters, which is done on top of the hill every year. We also have held fundraising events for Hospice house and our local ambulance service.
People from all over Michigan, other states, and even Canada come here. They support our local motels, stores, restaurants, and gas stations. We accommodate hundreds of people over a year who spend almost all money at one of our local establishments.
My parents and I aimed to provide a safe, fun environment for all to enjoy. And now, with our youth shooting high school team, we are providing gun safety training and lifelong sports training for secondary school-age students. There is little that is as rewarding an experience as seeing a young person involved in a sport in which they first-hand enjoy helping and supporting each other.
Please help save our training for the next generation of shooters, sportsmen, and women.