The old idiom, “A good time was had by all” certainly applied to Saturday’s first Tri-Fire Wolf Chase skeet shoot challenge. And plans are already in the making for the second one, with the 2018 date being determined soon. This information will be posted on both the Van Alstyne Firefighters Association and the Gunter Volunteer Fire & Rescue Facebook pages when it has been officially set.


Held behind the Grayson College south campus on Sept. 23, Saturday’s skeet shoot competition was open to everyone over the age of 16 years. There were numerous rounds shot, and several chances for each shooter in each round to hit the clay skeet. This continued until there were only a few left.


In the end, it was Bill Bennett from Gunter who took first place and won a Savage 308 rifle, while Jim Lillis came in second place and won a $300 gift card to Defenders Outdoors.


Gunter Volunteer Fire & Rescue spokesperson Detra Gaines said that their half of the net profits will be used to help purchases hoses and medical supplies, among other necessities for their new fire engine, which now is completely void of those essentials. Similarly, the Van Alstyne Firefighters Association will use its proceeds to help with necessary supplies and equipment for the Van Alstyne FD.


Gaines spoke highly of the members of the two non-profit associations, saying, “These guys came together with this skeet shoot and really stepped up to help.” She added that they hope to double or even triple attendance at the 2018 event “to do everything they can to make this work for us all.”