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      Trap shooting for a good cause

      If you were down by the Quincy riverside on Saturday night you may have heard what sounded like a large gun battle going on.

      Well it wasn't ... but a group of shooters were testing out their skill for a good cause.

      Shots rang out from the balcony of the Northside Boat Club Saturday night as the members of the boats club's trap league tested their skills against these flying orange disks.

      The event was a fundraiser for the Quanada Food Pantry .

      Nancy Tucker is the house manager there and says besides donated non-perishable food, fundraisers like this help with other needs.

      "The community in Quincy is really, really, very, very giving," Tucker said. "And they're always giving can goods and non perishable items. But there's always the meat products or other products that we don't get from there that we buy through Central Illinois Food Bank and through our other grocery stores. Through their buyers we'll get a special deal. And for that we have to do, food pantries need to do fundraising and its not easy to do in this days economy."

      The event is called a meat shoot because instead of taking home prize money, the winner of each round takes home a package of meat.

      Monday Goehal the club secretary for the Northside boat club says that this is one of many meat shoot fundraisers that the Northside boat club holds each year.

      "It's great for the club. It's great for Quanada," Goehl said. "We love that our members come out and have a good time and it goes to a good cause. If we give back to the community, the community gives back to us. It's the community that supports the club so we need to support them as well."

      But for the shooters it was all about challenging that little orange trap.

      This is the 6th year for the event which has raised about 25 hundred dollars for the Quanada Food Pantry.