When the pheasant shooting is over, there is quail hunting, and rabbits are fair game at all times. On the final evening everyone attends a banquet for the presentation of awards. Team titles are decided on a cumulative point basis, with each type of small game killed, or treed in the case of coons, worth 25, 50 or 100 points. In case of ties, the team using the least number of shells wins. This year the team title, which in the past has gone to groups captained by Rogers (1972), Weitz (1973) and Nelson (tied with game call manufacturer Jim Olt's team in '74), was won by champion sharpshooter Bill Jordan and his squad, with a point total of 1,225. But more important is the fact that eight states now have Acres for Wildlife programs, with another three in the process of establishing them.
"It is really remarkable," says Weitz, a former celebrity trapshoot winner, "that a town so small can do such a big job. When I read all that advance publicity', and all those clips and things, I just figured Silver Creek had to be a big place. Now that I have been there, I realize that it's not the place that's big, it's the people."