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   On behalf of the staff here at Trap & Field Magazine I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday season as we close out a wonderful year of trapshooting. Our next issue should be coming to you very soon and the Average Book is just around the corner! And be ready for another great year of coverage from the pages of Trap and Field Magazine in 2008.

terry@trapandfield.com.

 

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  December 13, 2007


   Congratulations to Georgia’s Ronnie Gullett. He ran his first 100 in doubles on Dec. 12 at the Silver Dollar Shooters Club to make his first leg of a Grand Slam. His wife Cyndee asked him what he was thinking when shooting. She said Ronnie thought and answered, “I wasn’t thinking about anything.” (Hum, maybe keeping the mind clear is good for shooting!) Needless to say, Ronnie was excited with his perfect century, and Cyndee was tickled. Earlier in the week, she smashed 95 twin birds for her personal best. The couple celebrated their 25th anniversary on Dec. 11.

   The winter season is getting underway at the Silver Dollar SC in Odessa, Fla. They’re shooting registered targets almost every day. Other activities include plenty of good eating: every Wednesday is wings night. The golf side clubhouse has pool tournaments on Monday nights and karaoke on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Dixie Grand is Jan. 14-20, and Southern Grand is March 10-16.
 

   Be sure to let T&F know about your very firsts in trapshooting, so we can recognize your accomplishments!  What’s happening at your club? Let me know at terry@trapandfield.com
 

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   December 5, 2007
Hey all, I think you'll enjoy Dale Stockdale's column this month in
Trap & Field. Here's a snippet…

 

 

Practice outside the box

   Before 2002, I used to flinch occasionally. Maybe once or twice a hundred, I would double-chuck and delay the shot. (Funny thing was, I usually hit the target; the “after-flinch” target was the hardest to hit.) My squadmates would hesitate for a second and go right on shooting. Sometimes they would talk about the recovered shot I’d made, often with the bird a few feet from the ground. They put up with me.
   In ’02 I signed up for the whole Grand, including the preliminary events, plus played a lot of the options. I started flinching so bad, two or three times an event the first day. It got even worse in just a couple hundred, and I couldn’t shoot five targets without a flinch.
   Everyone said I’d better find a release trigger, so I looked up Ray Stafford. Ray let me try a release that he picked out from his inventory, and he gave me two other
complete trigger sets to take along for the very next event. I put one release in the gun and had another in each back pocket of my jeans. Ray said that if I couldn’t shoot the first set, change it out to one of the others right on the line. (Shooting an MX8 has its advantages—the triggers drop right out with the push of a button, and I could make the switch on a post change without anyone even noticing.)
   After shooting those three trigger sets, one seemed the most comfortable for me. Ray measured the set and release of those triggers and then grabbed two more for me to try. He said to go through the same process on the next event. Ray helped me and retested me through the whole Grand. I went through about nine different sets before settling on the one that worked for me. Going to Ray was like getting your new prescription for a fine pair of shooting glasses dialed in exactly right. (You know, as the eye doctor says, “Can you see better out of lens No. 1 or 2? Better like this, or better like this?”)
   You’re probably thinking, “Great, nothing like learning to shoot a release at the Grand!” But you can if you set your mind to it, and in my case, it turned out to be definitely the way to go and kept me shooting. Too bad the flinching happened at the Grand, but good thing it happened at the Grand! Where else but at the Grand could I have found the absolute best help in figuring out what works—and then buy what I needed, right then and there? If I’d decided to go to a release in the off season, how could I ever have found the poundage Before 2002, I used to flinch occasionally. Maybe once or twice a hundred, I would double-chuck and delay the shot. (Funny thing was, I usually hit the target; the “after-flinch” target was the hardest to hit.) My squadmates would hesitate for a second and go right on shooting. Sometimes they would talk about the recovered shot I’d made, often with the bird a few feet from the ground. They put up with me.
   In ’02 I signed up for the whole Grand, including the preliminary events, plus played a lot of the options. I started flinching so bad, two or three times an event the first day. It got even worse in just a couple hundred, and I couldn’t shoot five targets without a flinch.
   Everyone said I’d better find a release trigger, so I looked that works best for me on my own? It would have been like trying to see perfectly out of someone else’s glasses, and you know that won’t work.
   My fear of the release trigger was not being able to hold it for a no target, or worse yet, having a loader come out of the traphouse when I had my trigger set. That fall I didn’t shoot but just a day or two at the Missouri Fall Handicap after the Grand, but I sure did a lot of dry-firing. Through the winter up until it got warm in May, I ran the gun almost every day without firing a shot.
   I would stand and point at objects in the room while using objects in the room and visualizing a target: mount the gun, set the trigger, move to the target, and release for the shot. Over and over, again and again. Then, about once in five to 10 shots, I would pretend a no bird. I would have to hold the release and open the gun. Hundreds of times a week I would practice this.
   In a couple of months, I could….
   See Dec. issue, Page 48.

 
 

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November 30, 2007


We’ve got two covers!

Watch for the December issue in the mail now.

We’re always trying to think of new ways to give recognition to ATA competitors and gun clubs. This month we’ve designed two different covers to feature registered shoots and participants, and we’ve printed our circulation run half-and-half, at random. So we don’t know who will receive which cover. ON THE COVER, LEFT: Missouri Fall Handicap tournament, Missouri TA (Linn Creek),

 

featuring new shooter Jim Reichmann, who won the feature handicap. Other main-event winners were Ray Stafford, singles and all-around; Harlan Campbell Jr., doubles; and Jerry Parr, HOA. RIGHT: The First Annual Hunter Open, Redlands (Cal.) SP, featuring the 500x500 singles squad of (back row) Al Yapelli Jr., John Hoffland, Steve Williamson, Charlie Long and Ed Wehking plus (front) Bill Hunter of shoot sponsor Hunter Woodworks, Inc. and Terry Bilbey, Redlands owner.

 

Terry Heeg

 

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   November 14, 2007

   Thanks to ATA shooter Bob Glatz of St. Louis, Mo., who worked with the ATA to help obtain the ATA’s 501c3 status. This status allows the association to offer tax deductibility to its contributors, which in turn, permits the ATA to attain its mission by serving its members and creating further interest in promoting the sport of trapshooting. Glatz, a retired CPA, was recognized at the Funds Celebration at the Grand American. ATA Ohio Delegate Dean Townsend said, “I have known Bob for almost 40 years.  We started our shooting careers together at the Twin Valley Rod & Gun Club in West Alexandria, Ohio back in the late 1960s. Since that time we

  

Bob Glatz has registered more than 145,000 targets during his shooting career.

 

have shot together as squadmates in over 35 Grand Americans.  We have traveled and shot together all over the Midwest, and in Texas, Montana, and Florida.  Bob has always been a very competitive shooter, driven to succeed. He thoroughly enjoys the sport and has a passion to see trapshooting grow and develop.  It was this passion that led Bob to orchestrate the conversion of the ATA into a 501c3 tax exempt organization.  I hope all members realize the importance of this change in the ATA tax status and appreciate the opportunities it presents for the future of our organization.”

   The tax-exempt ATA funds are : ATA Youth & Education Fund, ATA Gun Club Fund and ATA General Charitable Fund.

 

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And the winners were: (l to r) Adam Krzyzanowski, winner; Kate Schmidt, women’s; Tom Clarke, Class A RU; Joe Clarke, sub-junior; Pete Frederiks, Class A; Joe Geddes, open winner; Fred Minus, Class B.

  November 9, 2007

   We just heard from Joe Nuva of the Langhorne R&GC in Holland, Pa. He sent us this picture of the winners from the Langhorne Lions club “Shoot for Sight” annual charitable event. The registered ATA shoot was conducted on Sunday, Nov. 4, and a total of 57 shooters participated.  The event contributed more than $3500.00 net to the Langhorne Lions Club. Thanks, Joe, for letting us know what is happening at your club. What a great cause! If anyone has information to share about what’s going on at their club, e-mail me at terry@trapandfield.com.

 

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   October 5, 2007

   I’m here at the Missouri Fall Handicap tournament, and I tell you this is the best weather ever.  Blue skies and warm temperatures. There are lots of 100s and lots of shooters.  Just about every event has topped last year’s attendance figures.

  Congratulations to Ken Tofferi of Vermont. He smashed 100 from the 27-yard line in Thursday’s handicap to complete his ATA Grand Slam.

  Congrats to 13-year-old Andrew Simpson of Illinois, who registered his first 100 in Thursday’s singles. Andrew is in the eighth grade and shoots at the Alton Woodriver  SC.

   I met Rachel Hopkins of Pattonsburg, Mo. You might recall her name—she was the handicap champion at the Missouri State Shoot this year, winning with a 99 from 23. She is now a 26.5 yarder, having earned some distance since May.


Rachel Hopkins


Ken Tofferi

Andrew Simpson
 

   Rachel likes ATA shooting because she enjoys the competition and beating the boys. She’s a straight A honor roll student at Pattonsburg High School and plays the drums in band. So far her personal best in shooting was 199 at the Minnesota State Shoot last summer. Her goal is to get 200x200. She’d like to make the All-American team, too. Rachel’s mother Dana Hoover says, “Shooting builds confidence. The sport has been a positive influence. It’s great the way the older shooters are supportive of the kids and give them so much encouragement.”
   Contact me at terry@trapandfield.com and let me know what’s happening at your gun club.

 

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Lori Wharton and Jeff Pokorny caught this 55-pound salmon in Alaska. See the state coverage on Page 57.

  October 1, 2007

 

   The October issue went into the mail last week. Watch for the much-awaited-for five-cover issue featuring all the Grand American ring winners. This issue features Grand coverage and state shoot stories.

 

   Congratulations to the 2008 Trapshooting Hall of Fame enshrines. Find out who they are on Page 23 of the October issue.

 

   Be sure to check out “House Rules” on Page 115 to find out about the latest rule changes as approved by the ATA Executive committee (EC) and/or Board of Directors (BOD) and took effect Sept. 1, the beginning of the 2008 target year. Shooters, know your rules.

 

   The Missouri Fall Handicap starts today. I will see you there this week as Trap & Field covers this event. Good luck, shooters.

 

Let me know what is happening at your club. Contact me at terry@trapandfield.com.

 

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   August 29th, 2007

Hi, everyone,

   Wow, we are on overload here at the offices of Trap & Field receiving shoot reports and subscription renewals. We’re busy checking Grand American results and preparing our coverage of the world’s largest shooting tournament. Congratulations to all Grand champions, winners and all those who participated! Thanks to all who worked the Grand; we endured some pretty hot days. We have results starting in the October issue.

   Great news! The All-American team standings are now online on the ATA website. Just go to www.shootata.com and it’s the first item to click on. Thanks so much to TechPro for streamlining the calculation process. This will make the procedure a lot more efficient for us shooters.
   We wish you a safe Labor Day holiday coming up. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend with or without clay targets.  Let us know what’s happening at your trap range by contacting me at terry@trapandfield.com.


Watching shootoffs at the 2007 Grand
 

 

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   August 15th, 2007

   Wow, what a Grand American here at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill. It’s so great to see all the ATA shooters and all the familiar faces at Classification, Squadding and Cashiering.
   We’ve had some excited winners this past week. Congratulations to Ken Darroch of Aliquippa, Pa., for earning the top AAA spot in Tuesday’s Trap & Field Doubles Class Championship. Gerald Demulling (New Richmond, Wis.) and Michael Kempel (Fargo, N.D.) were second and third, respectively.
   Way to go, Mary Lynne Downham (Camden, Ind.)! She tied the high score 99 in the President Ray Greb Handicap. It only took her one round of shootoff to grab the championship.
   It’s record heat here. Shooters are taking care of themselves to stay cool and hydrated. Tonight is the Meet the All-Americans reception sponsored by T&F and the ATA.
                                                               Terry Heeg


Getting ready for shootoffs – Budweiser Handicap.

  

Remington displayed their colors on the grounds and also had a Sweepstakes for shooters to fill out to win a chance to meet Kasey Kahne at a NASCAR race.
 


Mary Lynne Downham

 

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     July 26th, 2007

  We apologize to Florida ATA Delegate Tom White. We inadvertently left his column out of the August issue’s Around the ATA column, but here it is for you. And we will have extra copies at the T&F counter at the Grand.
   Sorry, Tom. We appreciate your graciousness about our mistake, and thanks for all the many columns you’ve contributed!

 

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The four shotguns from left are: model Bi-gun, s/nT400; Model Centennial Pro, s/n “Top Gun 000”; model Centennial Pro Stainless Steel s/n 001; and TC model s/n TC 11.
 

   John splits his shooting time between the Ogden GC (20 minutes away) and Golden Spike in Brigham City (30 minutes away). “I have always considered Ogden as my home club,” he said.
   Great to hear from you, John, and thanks for the super pictures. I’d love to hear from all you trapshooters. Contact me at terry@trapandfield.com and let me know what’s happening around your trap.

Terry Heeg

   July 24th, 2007

   We just heard from shooter John Ernst of Riverdale, Utah. He sent these great pictures of Ljutic guns. He just attended the Western Zone shoot in Pocatello, Idaho July 20-22. He saw four Ljutic over/under shotguns in the rack and thought it would make a good photo.  John said, “As not many were made, it is unusual to see more than one at a time, much less four.”

   John has been trapshooting for 19 years. His favorite memory is winning his first belt buckle in 1978. It was for D Class singles at Crystal Lake GC, just outside of Springfield, Ohio. “I remember how hard I was trying while shooting, and how excited I was when my score was the high score. I also remember placing the open buckle box on the dash of my car so I could admire it again and again on the drive home.” John  doesn’t remember what the score was, but he still has that belt buckle. It has a flying pheasant on it and is engraved “Crystal Lake Gun Club, D Singles, 1978.”

 

 

From left are: Virg Perry from Idaho, Clayton Hagen from Oregon and Adam Massey from Utah.

 

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July 12th, 2007

 

   The Indiana State Shoot started Tuesday, July 10. George Rezabeck and George Gresh each blasted 198 in opening day singles to win Class AA and Class B respectively. Sub-juniors Nathan Stidham and Matthew Perkins both carded 197s to earn Class A and sub-junior category trophies.  John Voliva shot the high 97 in the day’s doubles for Class AA. On Wednesday, Michael Welte turned in a perfect century in the twins race. Good luck to all the competitors out at the Indiana Gun Club in Fortville, Ind., this week.

   Weather has been blue skies and sunny, although a bit windy making the targets sporty. It rained Tuesday night after shooting. The forecast says it will cool down from the 80s to 70s.  We’ll have complete results in Trap & Field Magazine.

                                            Terry Heeg

Tre Marshall is attending the Indiana Shoot with dad Rick. Tre is reading all about dad's Doubles Championship at the Great Lakes Grand in Trap & Field Magazine.

 

 

Welcome sign greets shooters as they come into the club house.

 

 

Looking west down the line at the Indiana Homegrounds.

 

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June 28th, 2007

 

Opening ceremonies for the SCTP at Tennessee. Chad Whittenburg (in the white shirt) welcomes all teams, parents and coaches.

Betty and Alan Loveless led SCTP in 2001, its inaugural year. As state director, Betty partnered with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and took the SCTP into public and private schools. A few years ago she passed the baton.

Edie Reynolds, youth development director for ATA, visits the SCTP competition and stays in touch with the office.

   I’m here in Tennessee at the second weekend of their SCTP state championships. Yes, I said second weekend. There are about 400 Junior Varsity participants firing at 100 singles targets today and 100 more tomorrow. On Sunday, the Senior Varsity will shoot 200 targets to vie for top honors in their division.

   Here in Tennessee the SCTP is a joint effort between the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

   The day started with opening ceremonies and required safety instruction. Shooting began promptly at 9 a.m. A whole lot of registered targets are being shot right now. Tennessee boasts the largest SCTP in the country with more than 1,600 registered participants. Thanks to all the adults who volunteer as coaches and assistants, and thanks to all the parents who support their young shooters.

Let me know what’s happening in your state.

Terry Heeg

The National Guard raises the American flag and Tennessee state flag.

 

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June 28th, 2007

   We are deep into shoot season as many state shoots are happening around the country. The Tennessee State Shoot finished June 10. Congrats to singles champion Steve Williams, doubles and all-around champion Mitchel Loveless, handicap champion Scott Hadley and Keith Heeg for winning HOA honors. There was an increase in entries this year, as well as an extra fun day added to the shoot.
   Thanks to Kim Stephens, secretary of the Washington State Trapshooting Association, for sending in the results from June 21-24. She noted there

Diana Crawford (Ace Insurance Services) leads her squad at the Tennessee State Shoot.

  was strong resident turnout and out-of-state attendance as well. Congratulations to doubles champ Travis Iksic, singles champ Mike Scharbach and handicap champion Dr. Laura Winkel. Watch Trap & Field for complete stories and record facts.                                                                                      Kudos are in order for several Grand Slams reported to T&F. Hooray for Minnesota’s Mark Zauhar for his 100 in doubles at the Nebraska State Shoot. Hooray for Vince Compolongo for his 100 from the 27 and Doug Gustafson for his 200 in singles at their state shoot in California, and kudos to Virginia’s Clay Floyd for completing his while at the Maryland State Shoot with 100 in handicap.
   Watch for the July issue in the mail now. Legendary musician Charlie Daniels talks to our T&F subscribers. If you’re going to the Grand, make plans to attend The Charlie Daniels Band Concert Aug. 6 at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex.
   Let us know what’s happening in your state.
 

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   June 22nd, 2007

   The Pennsylvania State Shoot just finished, and our Marsha Bradley just returned and brings us this news. Veteran Sheldon Hostetter won the doubles, all-around and high-over-all.

   Thomas Motzkus won the singles title. His wife Dianne was women’s runnerup, and the they also won husband & wife honors.

   Sean Slavka was the handicap championship.

Mac McAllister retired as ATA Delegate, and Frank Pascoe was elected to take his place and is Pennsylvania’s new ATA Delegate.

   New shooter Devi Rathod won the shootoff for the Krieghoff gun.

   Trap & Field’s Valerie Kinsey is visiting at the Ohio State Shoot today. “The weather is perfect,” she told me. “Everyone is having a great time. The camp grounds are gorgeous, and the swimming pool is open. The vendors are doing well.” Our Sandy Tidwell will be there

 

 

for the championship events this weekend. Stop by and say hi to her and let her know how you’re shooting.

   Ohio’s ATA Delegate Dean Townsend reported that the shoot was up about 4-5% on Thursday. There were 100 more entries in the singles and 140 more entries in the handicap over last year. “It was a little windy but the scores are descent,” according to Townsend. They anticipate a large crowd for this weekend. The camp grounds are filled. There was a fishing tournament for the kids conducted by the Ohio DNR. Townsend also reported that Ohio Trap Association has a new web site in process. Watch ohiotrap.org for further progress.

   There’s lots going on around the country with ATA registered trapshooting. Watch here on our web site for news. Complete results of the tournaments are only in the pages of Trap & Field Magazine.

 

 

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June 8th, 2007

 Hi, everyone,

     Trap & Field is here at the Tennessee State Shoot, and it’s a great turnout. They added an extra fun day on Wednesday to start off the tournament. Attendance is strong: Thursday’s singles had 174 entries, the handicap had 167 and 134 in the doubles. More are expected as the weekend unfolds. So far it’s been blue skies, although hot and somewhat breezy, making the targets a little sporty. Residents secured the top trophies yesterday, Larry Hord won singles AA, Jerry Houston was the yardage winner, and Keith Heeg took doubles open AA.

     GMC has vehicles on display (pictured below), and ATA’s own Dave Sickmeyer (Ga.) is in attendance. GMC will host a dinner on Saturday night for shooters and their guests.

Watch T&F for complete coverage of the Volunteer State’s ATA tournament.

GMC at the Tennessee State Shoot

 

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      May 25th, 2007

     Hi, everyone,

     Just want to say to have an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day weekend. There will be many ATA trapshoots going on, and it will be a great time to spend with family and friends. I know you’ll be eating lots of good food, too. We’re trapshooters!

     As you enjoy this holiday in our free America, I hope you reflect on Memorial Day and its meaning. Its origins are uncertain, but its purpose has always been to be a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service, for those who died in wars. I remember back when I was a kid in Greenwood, Ind., Memorial Day was a big deal. We went to the family cemetery in Edinburg and decorated the graves of our relatives who died in the Civil War and World War II. In fact, they called it Decoration Day back then.

     Please remember our veterans of wars and the sacrifices they made for our great country. Remember our troops and continue to pray for their safety.

 

 

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     May 14th, 2007

     The U.S. Open was a great ATA tournament at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill., this past weekend. Thanks to White Flyer, Winchester, Browning and Remington for their sponsorships. Also thanks to the Illinois DNR and Southern Promotions for conducting the shoot. Thanks to the Sparta Chamber of Commerce for their help with passing out the trophies and helping us shooters navigate around town.

     Congratulations to all the winners.

Championship event winners:

Singles: Steven A. Johnson 200

Doubles: Bill Stuve 98

Handicap: Scott A. Thompson (21) 97

All-Around: Eric Munson 391x400

HOA: Leo Harrison III 972x1,000

     Watch for the story and complete results in Trap & Field.

     Thanks to all who attended this ATA registered event. I think most everyone had a good time at the tournament. The complex is a first-class venue!

 

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  May 11th, 2007

     Hi, everyone, I’m here at the 2nd U.S. Open in Sparta, Illinois! Yesterday, opening day, started with 286 shooters in Event 1 singles. Yesterday’s doubles was canceled due to lightning. Aaah, weather—it’s such a big factor in our sport! The doubles was going to carry over to today, but it was decided to cancel the event, and refunds were given out. Nearly 400 shooters are competing today.

     Central Zone Vice President Neil Winston had some news of the Grand for T&F today: each day’s shooting will start at 9 a.m. Cashiering and handicapping will begin at 8 a.m., as usual. All 120 traps at the WSRC will be utilized. Practice traps will be open for the SCTP teams Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5.

 

 

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  May 9th, 2007

    I recently met ATA shooter Eaton Brown at the Georgia State Shoot. She’s a native of Louisiana and lives in New Iberia, La., with her husband Si. She and Si hunted together and that’s how she became interested in shooting. She has been registering ATA for about 15 years. Her regular clubs are Hunters Run (Baton Rouge) and South Louisiana GC (Bridge City). 

 

 

   Her husband’s family has been in the food business for four generations. Bruce Foods was founded in 1928 in New Iberia. Among their many products, the company produces Bruce’s yams and Louisiana Hot Sauce. Those are the very yams my dear old grandma used every holiday to make her delicious sweet potatoe concoction. And, let me tell you, I tried the hot sauce and it is good stuff! I think it even improved my shooting. You’ve got to try it. Check out www.brucefoods.com for other products and recipes. Eaton likes to visit different state shoots. Her favorite part of trapshooting is the people. She’ll be at this year’s Grand. Hope you get to meet her, too.

 

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  May 8th, 2007

     Thanks to Kent Southard, who sent this picture into the T&F office. It’s his squadmates from the U.S. Open Warm Up this past Sunday, May 6. From left, Dr. John White earned the A Class doubles award, Kirk Sanders won AA doubles, AA singles and the HOA trophy, and “Ned” Meyer, Illinois State Trapshooters Association president, was long-yardage winner in the day’s handicap.

 

     See you all at the U.S. Open. Good luck, shooters.
 

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     May 2nd, 2007

     I just returned from the Georgia State Shoot (April 26-29), South River GC (Covington), and what great weather we had. The tournament started out with a little rain, but it was perfect blue skies for the remainder of the shoot. All the better for targets appearing bright orange. South River GC is a gorgeous club, nestled in wooded, rolling terrain right off Highway 212. It’s a serene, picturesque place to shoot. But be in the know, it’s challenging. As the local shooters say, “Every trap is like shooting a different gun club.” I hope you can visit it one day. There’s lots to see and do on your way to and from the club from all directions.

     It was record attendance, with the SCTP competition held during the Singles Championship and many out-of-state visitors. The SCTP filled 19 squads! Be sure to see the June issue for complete coverage.

     It was great to see ATA V.P. and Georgia Delegate John Hiter. I thank him for his warm welcome and helpfulness. Dave Sickmeyer, last year’s handicap and all-around champion, was there. Dave is also a champion for ATA members. Because of him we again have the opportunity to win a GMC vehicle if we shoot any registered trap tournament, and additionally this year there is a special ATA Benefit Sweepstakes. See the April issue, Page 11. You can buy a ticket to enter into a special drawing, and gun clubs and SCTP teams are selling these tickets. For further info check out http://shootata.com/Content/News/ATA_Benefit_Sweepstakes.aspx

     Other Peach State residents I visited with were Cyndee and Ronnie Gullett, Dave and Ginger Hollingsworth, Scott and Dorris Hollingsworth, Marie and Billy Griffin, who also by the way hosted a delicious dinner Saturday night. It was perfect to have a bite to eat before the state meeting and shootoffs. Thanks, Marie and Billy.

     It’s always a treat to see senior vet Jim Mitchell who carted home his share of state trophies. I think of Jim as the quintessential Southern gentleman. I saw Royce Cofer, who was hard at work the entire shoot! Thanks for the lift down yonder to where my car was parked. Also hard at work were Betsy and Mike Reed, Georgia’s secretary and treasurer, respectively. David Adams, the SCTP state director, facilitated the awards ceremony, complete with a drawing for prizes. Every SCTP competitor took home a prize. He was assisted by daughter Shelli (Georgia’s lady champion four years in a row from 2002 through 2005). Granddaughter Gracie drew the names out of the shooting bag. George Dyll was thrilled with his two trophies and was grinning from ear to ear Sunday.

     My respect and admiration go to Boone Butler, GATA President. Boone's hard work showed because the shoot ran like clockwork. The lines of communication were open. There were many contributors. I watched competitors leave Sunday evening smiling and happy. It was obvious they had all enjoyed a great tournament. Good work, Boone and all the board and volunteers!

     Among out-of-state visitors were Ray Lee (Fla.), Kevin Polson (Ky.) and Bill and Becky Parsons (Ala.).

     Diane and Mike Bolling cashiered the smoothly-run shoot, along with Tami Daniel. I think Mike helped the Webster folks write the definition for humor. I also think he is a great artist as he seems to keep life in “perspective.”

     See you at the U.S. Open at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill., May 10-13. Check back at the Trap & Field webpage as Elissa and I keep you informed about what’s happening around the country.


 

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