Welcome to the Westside Sportsman's Club!
The West Side Sportsman's Club is situated on the west side of Evansville, IN on Peerless Road, between Hogue and Upper Mt. Vernon Roads. The West Side Sportsman's Club offers its members a convenient, several-acre venue for many outdoor activities, including archery, fishing, and various shooting disciplines.
In addition, Members enjoy the spacious setting for various family activities, as well as just hanging out with fellow sportmen after a hard day's work.
The Club offers a convenient distraction from the stresses of everyday life.
If you have questions about becoming a member, want the newsletter, or want to submit to the newsletter, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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The “Man’s Monthly”
Issue #3: January 2016
By Rick A. Woods
Writer, Web-News Committee
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If you are a diehard firearm enthusiast living in the Evansville Tristate area, with an interest in the newest products on the shelves including, guns, ammo, and accessories, it’s nice to know that you can see the products in person, and still benefit from competitive pricing. One of the best locally owned gun shops is “Red Ghost” at 9540 Big Cynthiana Rd (Hwy 62), ~3.5 miles North of Diamond Ave (Hwy 66). It’s owned by this month’s member, Terry Eickoff. He and his brothers started this business at home around 1993, but had to move into a commercial building in 1996 when Bill Clinton revised FFL qualifications. Terry could have ended his business, but loved what he was doing and enjoyed the friendships that came through his business. Now 66 and semi-retired, he feels that his life and goals have been fulfilled, and looks forward to having more time to spend with his family, at the gun shop, and at the WSSC.
Terry Eickoff was born in 1949 and grew up in in the Evansville area and Posey County. As a young boy, he found an early fascination in gardening and was always eager to help his parents tend their garden. The training that he received there would serve him as an adult. Today, he prefers to grow the more unusual vegetables, and they keep him involved.
All teenage boys develop an early interest in shooting and he and his brothers had BB guns, then 22 rifles that they used to hunt and plink. He was steadily becoming more and more of an outdoorsman all the way through high school, and wasn’t interested in pursuing high school sports. He graduated from Mater Dei in 1967.
In those years, all graduating seniors 18-25 were eligible for the draft during the Vietnam War. Terry wasn’t college bound, so in 1968, he enlisted in the Air Force and was trained in the states as an Avionics Technician assigned to a group of F4 Phantom fighter jets. Their group was known as the Red Ghosts, with emblems on their jackets. He had assignments in France, Germany, and Thailand when his squadron was deployed, and helped the Air Force stage demonstrations for government officials and dignitaries. He was discharged in 1972 after 4 years of service.
After leaving service and returning home, Terry became an employee at Cook Label learning a variety of general and printing trades before leaving in 1996 to open his commercial business, the Red Ghost Gun Shop. During his period of employment at Cook Label, he served as the Division Chief for the German Twp Volunteer Fire Dept from 1978-1992.
I asked him how he came up with “Red Ghost” as the name of his business. Terry chuckled as he explained that “Red Ghost” was the emblem for his squadron, but in French, they were the “Red Dorques,” and it was even worse in German. After he was discharged and back in the US, he decided that the “Red Ghost Gun Shop” was the natural choice.
One day in 1996, a customer walked into his gun shop, told Terry about the West Side Sportsman’s Club, and invited him to several visits as his guest. That customer was Eddy Walters, and in short order, Terry found a new interest and a new customer base. He joined that year, held positions on the Board of Directors, helped to rewrite the By-Laws, upgraded the club’s membership roster into the computer age. Terry is another great source for any member with questions about guns, ammo, accessories, and reloading. He is an asset for the WSSC, and anxious to make new friends.