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July 4, 2002

Complex offers sporting clays, trap, skeet

Ozark Shooters Sports Complex emphasizes safety, is home to several major tournaments.

By Charlie Farmer, Springfield News-Leader


Peggy Siler, shooting at her club, believes it’s important to “get the women involved in the shooting and hunting sports.”
Charlie Farmer / For the News-Leader

Peggy and Dale Siler have a good thing going in the Ozarks.

In April 1989, they opened a sporting clay course 11 miles north of Branson on U.S. Highway 65. The Ozark Shooters Sports Complex sits on 45 acres, plus 400 acres leased for special events.

The terrain is gently rolling hills, woods and open grassland.

The Silers had owned a gun shop in Springfield prior to their move to Walnut Shade, the official address for the complex.

They are sticklers for safety.

“No one leaves the clubhouse without safety glasses and ear plugs,” Peggy Siler said. “If they refuse to wear them, we don't allow them to be here.

“Eye and ear protection is furnished for those who do not bring them. All employees, spectators, shooters and guests, including children, are required to wear eye and ear protection. There are no exceptions.”

Sporting clay stations at the complex vary with terrain, Peggy Siler said. The course is changed every Monday to allow for different target presentations.

Course II is used mostly for tournaments along with the third course during large tournaments. Golf carts are available during tournaments, and at all times for people with disabilities.

The Silers have had their share of accolades as expert skeet, trap and pistol champs. Peggy Siler has traveled the United States on behalf of the Women’s Recreational Shooting Association and as regional coordinator for NRA Women On Target charity events.

“In today’s time, it’s very important to get the women involved in the shooting and hunting sports,” she said. “There is a large percentage of homes that are run by single women raising their kids.”

Peggy Siler stressed the importance of instilling “in the minds of children the importance of safety with guns and the knowledge they need in their later years.

“The woman in the home is the one who spends the most time with the children and has the most influence on their day to day lives.”

Peggy Siler became involved with shooting and guns in high school. After she married Dale, she shot skeet at a local club, where she got involved with shotgun shooting. She also shot high-power rifle competition matches for a while during the time her two girls were very young.

“I formed a junior rifle club and taught shooting and safety to kids of all ages,” she said. “Both daughters, Cindy and Mindy, are avid hunters and shooters thanks to the opportunities I had working with youngsters. Cindy has since passed on the shooting and hunting sports to her children.

“Shooters, male or female, make great contributions to their communities by getting involved with their local shooting clubs by helping plan shoots to raise money for charities. The more people get involved with the shooting sports, the better the chances the country as a whole can retain their rights to keep and bear arms.”

The best part is that Peggy and Dale have been married for 42 years. They have Cindy and Mindy. And they are proud of grandchildren Chad and Casie.

They also are proud of the major tournaments held at Ozark Shooters Sports Complex.

Those events include the:

• 1995 U.S. Open that drew 603 shooters

• Missouri NSCA state shoots

• Sportsman Team Challenge held every year since 1992

• Louise Mandrell Celebrity shoots held for years

•Annual Bass Pro Classic.

Peggy Siler is proud of the NRA Women On Target Ladies Charity Shotgun and Handgun events held at the complex in May and September.

“These events are designed for beginning shooters as well as experienced shooters,” she said. “Shriners Children’s Hospital has been the recipient of the funds that are raised from these events.”

One person Peggy and Dale miss is their club manager, Rocky Lippold, who is currently in the reserves and guarding prisoners in Cuba. He will be back to the Ozark Shooters Sports Complex when his hitch is up.

Ozark Shooters Sports Complex is open seven days a week from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. It is closed Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. Reservations and memberships are not required.

There are three sporting clays courses, five trap fields, two skeet fields, three wobble traps and five stands.

Ozark Shooters has a pro shop, gun rental, ammo, cart rental, supplies, clothing and a clubhouse with food available.

For more information, call (417) 443-3093.
 


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