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First Baptist sets good night for outdoors enthusiasts

If you enjoy eating wild game and participating in outdoor sports events, First Baptist Church of Decatur is the place to be Thursday evening.

First Baptist’s 2007 Wild Game Supper will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, and if the past is any indication, a lot of people are going to have a great time.

Activities include door prizes, outdoor vendors, wild-game food, a casting contest for children and a duck-calling contest. The guest speaker will be Phil Robertson, also known as “The Duck Commander.”

The duck-calling contest will include two divisions — 15-and-under and 16-and-over.

The calling contest surely sounds like a hot topic because many callers take it seriously. They take a lot of pride in calling in a duck to their decoy spread.

First Baptist Church member Nicky Suggs of Decatur said this week that the guest-speaker portion of the evening looks to be a crowd pleaser. Besides speaking about duck hunting, Robertson also is slated to give the audience a taste of professional duck calling.

Suggs described Robertson as a great outdoorsman and a great athlete.

Robertson excelled in football, baseball and track during his high school days. He attended Louisiana Tech University on a football scholarship where he earned a starting position at quarterback. As a matter of fact, Robertson was the first-team quarterback who made future Steelers standout Terry Bradshaw take the bench for a little while.

Youth archery

The Alabama National Archery in the Schools Program state shoot is scheduled for April 26 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

It is anticipated that 700 to 800 young outdoors enthusiasts will participate in the competition, which is the fourth state shootout for Alabama by the ANASP.

Flight times are slated for 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Awards are expected to be given at about 3:30 p.m.

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Paul Stackhouse
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