Hunting & Outdoors

CMS Sportsman Club readies for state competition

Western District champion Black Bears will compete in N.C. Hunting Education Tournament in Ellerbe on April 27
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Apr 11, 2013
Photo by: File Canton Middle School Sportsman Club. First row, from left, are Erika Jimison, Dalton King, Chance Best, Brady Conner, Will Norris, Andrew Toney, Tristan Carson, Jared Shoemaker and Caylee Franklin. Back row, from left, are, Kade Thompson, Kenneth Farmer, Logan Clark, Adam Boyd and Rhiannon Goodwin.

CANTON — The Canton Middle School Sportsman Club has dusted off a spot in the trophy case next to its newly acquired North Carolina Wildlife Commission Western District championship trophy as it gets ready for the state championships in Ellerbe on Saturday, April 27.
Back in early march at the Hunter Education Shooting District Tournament held at Polk County, CMS finished first in archery, rifle, and hunter skills/orienteering competitions.
The Black Bears’ Dalton King won the individual archery competition, Chance Best showed his tracking and identification expertise by winning the hunter skills/orienteering competition, while Brady Conner finished a close second place.
The Canton Middle Sportsman Club’s head coach is David Franklin and he is assisted by Tim Farmer (archery), Kevin Norris (rifle) and Randy Ledford (shotgun).
Pisgah High School Sportsman Club qualified for the state championship as a “wild card” after finishing fourth at the Western District Tournament.
The Friends of the NRA provided a grant to help fund the teams for the season.
Anyone wanting to help youth shooting sports in Haywood County can do so Saturday, April 13, when the Blue Ridge Friends of the NRA will hold their annual banquet at the Stomping Grounds in Maggie Valley.
Tickets to the event can be purchased on-line at or by contacting the Field Representative, Doug Merrill at 628-0410 or e-mail him at