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5:03 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot

These paper cards serve as targets. Whoever hits closest to the black dot in the center or takes the most black wins. Judge Don Motzkus calls it “the luck of the pellets.”
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

The first thing you need to know about a meat shoot is that they don’t shoot animals.

“That’s not a crazy question, you know, we get that a lot,” said DeeDee Lakas, laughing a bit. “Do you shoot the meat? No, you shoot the target.”

Lakas sits at a long table outside Elks Lodge 2316 in Florissant with a cash box in front of her. The wife of one of the members, she’s signing up shooters at $3 per round. 

Most of the money will go to the Elks’ charitable work, but the winners will walk away with meat; a different cut for each of up to 30 rounds.

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