Military-style rifle match is Sunday

The Medford Rifle and Pistol Club will swing over to the old Camp White grounds in White City on Sunday to host a military rifle match.

Military rifles from any branch of the military and from any country are allowed during the Military Rifle Match set for 8 a.m. Sunday at the Jackson County Sports Park high-powered range off Kershaw Road east of the Jackson County drag strip.

The only requirements are that the weapons have metallic sights (no scopes) and with a magazine capacity of at least five rounds capable of rapid reloading. Loaner rifles are available and ammunition will be sold.

The match will be preceded Saturday by a practice shoot that begins at 8 a.m. The general public is welcome to both days, says Don Shefcheck, the club's match director.

This is the fourth military-style match the club has sponsored in the past two years, drawing increased participation each time, Shefcheck says.

"We've seen (guns) from all over the world show up," Shefcheck says. "These are the rifles that people play with at the range all the time. When people hear about a match, I think it really intrigues them. So they're showing up."

Participants will shoot 50 rounds for scoring at military-style targets set at 200 yards, 300 yards and 500 yards. Shots will be fired from the standing and prone positions as well as rapid-fire.

Cost is $20, with sign-ups beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.

For more information, call Don Shefcheck at 890-5224 during the daytime or e-mail him at


The all-depth sport halibut fishery off the central Oregon coast reopens today and runs through Saturday to give anglers one more shot at filling this spring's quota for deep-water halibut.

The central Oregon coast between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain south of Port Orford has 36,000 pounds remaining from the all-depth spring quota, which governs the sport catch in halibut-rich waters deeper than 40 fathoms.

Whatever poundage remains from the spring all-depth fishery will roll into the separate summer quota, which begins Aug. 3. Summer-quota fishing will run Fridays through Sundays.

This is the last opportunity for anglers to fill the spring all-depth quota.

The separate summer all-depth quota begins Aug. 3, with fishing allowed Friday through Sundays until Oct. 28, but it will close earlier if the combined quota of 226,989 pounds is caught before that date.

Open dates will be announced on the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline (800-662-9825) and posted on the ODFW Marine Resources Program Web site at

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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