From left, Jessie Ackerman, assistant principal at Barbers Hill Elementary North, and Jaycee Johnson, 8, one of the youngest contestants at the turkey shoot. 


This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 912 Turkey Shoot. 

Started in 1957, the “turkey shoot” is one of Baytown’s longest-running family events. The VFW hosts the turkey shoot 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday in October, which is also the main fundraiser for the post. 

Anyone under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or adult. The cost is $5 per shot.

There is a winner for every shoot, with 50 to 70 shoots a day. The winner has their choice of brisket, smoked turkey, pork ribs or a 10-pound box of smoked sausage, boudin, smoked ham or bacon.

Guests can bring their own shotgun or use one of the ones loaned by the VFW. 

The VFW will provide all ammunition.

They will also have a chicken shoot for ages 6 to 10 using bb guns for children, and dart throwing for younger kids.

Food and drinks will also be available, and raffle prizes will be given throughout the event.

There will also be a cake/meat wheel, which will work like roulette. Participants can purchase numbers that, if the wheel lands on them, earn the winner a cake or meat prize.

All proceeds will go toward building funds for the VFW.

VFW Post 912 is located at 8204 North Main Street.

Overflow parking is available behind the daycare next door.

For more information, call 281-421-1257 after 3:30 p.m. or call 832-984-5852.

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