You may know the Caldwell County Sportsman Club from its Joe Keeney Shooting Range, but they’ve served their community in different ways for 54 years.

The Sportsman Club is a non-profit organization that sponsors young people and promotes shooting sports.

After losing founding member Robert Earl, the club established a scholarship fund in his honor. Club president and Caldwell County Constable Adam Cruzen said the scholarship will allow at least one child to attend Camp John Currie each year, where they can be educated in a variety of outdoor activities.


click to download audioThe Sportsman Club’s Joe Keeney range is used for a variety of shooting sports including archery. Walmart recently gave the Sportsman Club a grant for archery targets that everyone in the community can use. The line is often used by local 4-H clubs, and surrounding counties that do not have 4-H will also begin using the Joe Keeney line.

The club will hold a silent auction on June 18. On the morning of the auction, they will host a pancake breakfast. Breakfast is open to all and admission is by donation. It will be from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the silent auction will end at 6 p.m., both at the Caldwell County Extension Office.

The club aims to raise funds for 3D targets, which will be used in an organized shoot later in July.

Cruzen adds that the Sportsman Club is always looking for new members and that everything the club does goes back to the community.

click to download audioAlthough the shooting range is currently closed, there are still upcoming events with the club. There is a swinging trap shoot on June 19 and a five-bird race on June 11. Cruzen encourages those interested to register for the event on Facebook.

Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $35 for a family. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month and are open to the public.

More information about the Caldwell County Sportsman Club and its events can be found on their Facebook or by contacting [email protected] Cruzen can also be reached at (270) 625-4793.

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