Another entry into the fall SWclassic, is Johnson Paige from Shooting at the Moon, a local rifle range which has 50 separate yards and allows people of all ages to practice for a monthly fee, as long as they have proper supervision and a clean track record. Paige has been in the business for 10 years, and helps young future outdoorsmen get their initial hands on experience with guns, including a summer youth program which acts very much like the boys scouts. His shop, which is located at the entrance to the range, sells the best recurve bows that you could possibly ever need for sports archery, as well as nice beginner bows, just in case you have children who you want to start early. What he is really known for are his ear muffs, as he sells the best ear protection for shooting in the area, at an affordable price.
One of the criterias for entry for this tournament, along with charitable work, is that the participants must submit a story of how they got into their business, and why the wish to continue down their line of work as well as devote time to their community. Mr. Paige submitted a particularly moving piece, so we thought we would share this piece of information with you.
“When I was about 8 years old, my daddy use to take me hunting. He worked all of the time, and I rarely got to see him, but he made sure that he at least had time to show me how to manage in the woods. I never really understood why this was so important to him, until I got older. That is when I really began to appreciate the time that I spent with my dad, and once he passed away, it was my most fondest memories of him. I think every every boy and girl should experience the kind of love that I had a chance to experience, for the outdoors and hunting. Its not all about killing animals, its about embracing nature and being in comradely with your fellow rifle mate”