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Happy New Year to all! I hope 2014 is off to a grand start. With the holidays past and hunting season over, it’s time to get serious about upcoming shooting events.
My experience is that it really helps to have a schedule planned for as much of the year as possible. Events throughout the year can obviously put the plan off track, but a good plan can be a large help in assuring equipment is ready, ammo is in hand, reservations are made, etc.
The new year is also a good time to consider a couple of potential goals. One would be to get at least one new shooter involved in this great game. It could be a friend, family member or a youngster who needs a mentor. The game needs new shooters to grow and be healthy. A second goal would be to attend a shoot at a club you have not shot at in the past. I have shot in over 35 different state shoots, and it has been a wonderful experience to go to new places and make new friends.
In the past few months I have written about clubs around the state. This month’s feature club is Southern S&T in Birmingham. Most of you (all the old timers) are familiar with it. The club has been around for years and has hosted numerous state, zone and many major skeet shoots. Monthly shoots are usually on the second weekend of the month. Check Trap & Field for their event schedule and try to attend one of their shoots.
Please be patient with the new young shooters and help them all you can. They are the future of the game and have already proven that with a couple of years experience, they will kick your tail!
Keep your head down.
We in Florida are blessed with sponsoring two of the ATA’s 10 Satellite Grand American tournaments, held at Silver Dollar. Yes, we do live in a big state crossing two time zones and sometimes many hours of traveling to participate in major competition. But here is a chance to witness trapshooting at its finest with competitors, including All-Americans, from all over, including international locations. Many of our Florida residents stand up to this competition and walk away on a cloud after winning one of these prestigious trophies. Don’t miss out on the Southern Grand in mid March.
Most every FTA club in Florida is hosting at least one shoot during February. An addition not found on the FTA shoot card is the South Florida Shooting Grounds in Stuart. They had asked for a few dates to throw ATA-registered targets, and unfortunately I received the information late, so I can only give you the last date that they signed up for: Feb. 8. Markham Park continues with practice, with no registered dates until construction is complete. Sarasota and Volusia Co. continue with strong Big 50 programs. Flagler continues with both Big 50s and some weekend dates. Robinson Ranch has its popular marathons. This type of marathon shooting is subject to ATA rules, but without the Florida Chain shoots this year, it may be a good opportunity to get your yearly target requirements in before the Southern Grand and Florida State Shoot. Silver Dollar will be hosting the following tournaments in February: Federal Ammunition Shoot, Beretta Invitational and the White Flyer Invitational. With this array of popular shooting locations, just pick your favorite and get your registered target commitment in before the state shoot to avoid penalties.
I received this next e-mail from ATA shooter Jim Holian. Holian wanted to bring me and the state up to date on the new range being constructed in Citrus County. The e-mail was sent to those who have signed up for announcements from this shooting range. Take a look at their website outpostrange.com for continuing news and information.
“Thank you for all the holiday responses from our e-Christmas card sent earlier, but we have more good news. Santa has come early for Outpost Range. After a year of working with the county, the final building/civil permits are approved.
“This is super exciting news, as the bank has been waiting for the final permit documents to move forward to close on the loan. As you know, we have had the land permit for a year and half and have been shaping the 40 acres, readying for the build. Now with these final permits approved, the fun of building Outpost Range can move forward with the bank’s date. Christmas and the New Year holiday may slow the bank closing date, but possibilities may come as early as mid February. If so, the contractor could begin Phase 1, building the buildings and the firing lines at that time.
“Phase 1, our smallest range area, is scheduled to take three months and would offer 36 covered pistol lanes, 12 covered rifle lanes out to 100 yards, and convenient bathrooms and parking areas. This way we can get started shooting.
“When Phase 1 is completed, the rest of Outpost Range is scheduled to take seven months and then the grand opening. At that time 40 more rifle lanes with varying distances of 25 to 600 yards, then 76 pistol lanes total, trap and 5-stand fields, indoor archery with static and 3-D pop-up targets, retail accessories/supplies, competitions and full instruction would be available.
“On this Christmas Eve, Outpost Range could not have received a better Christmas present. So keep watching for e-mail updates and pictures as we move forward and can’t wait until the new year.
“Thank you, and we’ll see you at the range.
“Ron and Michele Goodenow, Outpost Range.”
Please keep me posted on any trapshooting opportunities that you know of and may be of interest to other trapshooters in the state. I can be reached at 321-427-6553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hunting season will wind down here the last of January, and hopefully our trapshooters will find their way back to the ranges. Winter weather in central and north Mississippi was not good for trapshooting, as Capitol GC had some weather cancellations. Hopefully some of our clubs will set some ‘bad weather” make-up dates, and our shooters can get their targets in.
Coastal R&P, located as far south in Mississippi as you can venture, has been able to shoot and has remained active all winter. A special thanks to those guys along the I-10 corridor for keeping things going.
Jerry Tharp and many others are really stepping up the pace in plans for the MTA State Shoot to be held at Capitol GC near Jackson. As it stands now, we will have a 300-target warm-up May 21, followed by 300 preliminary targets on Friday, the championship singles on Saturday, and the Doubles and Handicap Championships on Sunday. Capitol GC is looking forward to hosting the shoot for the second year in a row. In fact Capitol has recently upgraded with new models of the Pat machines and should be ready to host the shoot and throw good targets for the competitors.
Let’s all get out and support our local clubs and shoot some targets.
ATA Alternate Delegate
Buckhorn GC had another successful charity shoot recently, supporting the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. Those who came to shoot (or just to eat the great Buckhorn food) appeared to have a good time. A generous collection of toys and money was collected.
Two N.C. shooters deserve hearty congratulations for being selected to the ATA All-American teams based on their 2013 performance: Bill Howe and Charlie Brown placed on the senior vet second team with 442 and 384 points, respectively. Way to go, Charlie and Bill!
I attended the annual Buckhorn Christmas party before heading to the Silver Dollar for the Dixie Grand. It was good to see the regulars and some new faces. The slow-cooked pork and desserts were great, and as usual, I enjoyed visiting with everyone.
Please remember to check the shoot calendar on nctrap.com and plan to shoot some winter targets at our N.C. clubs. Remember to visit www.nctrap.com and www.tarheeltrap.com for N.C. shooting information. You may also want to check out the tarheeltrap trapshooting chat room. If you have any information you would like to see in this article, please send it to me at email@example.com or 336-674-8655.
Writing this just before New Year’s Eve, so my mind is clear (I know; what mind?).
Here in S.C. our wet year continues, which has caused some problems with shoots. The good part of all this rain is that all our lakes are full. Big change from last year, when Lake Hartwell was down 12 feet, and many others were down a lot.
Our state meeting was scheduled for late January. Looks like we’ll have a similar schedule for our state shoot. It’s May 14-18, so put it on your calendar now. I hope you can make it. Tami from Spartanburg GC contacted me that their January shoot was canceled because they’re redoing their restrooms, so we’ll have upgraded facilities for the state shoot. That’s a change that should make everyone happy.
For the shooters who are looking for All-American points, the ATA has changed the rules that allow a shooter to earn points on the final 1,300 targets of the state shoot, so all our events will qualify.
Watch your newspaper inserts; some of the sporting goods stores have some deals on shells. Buy some up so you’re ready for the state shoot.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hey, everybody—it’s February. Isn’t this the month that some groundhog up north of the Mason-Dixon line determines whether winter is over or not? With most hunting seasons over, I’m about ready to start breaking some clay targets.
The ATA is recognizing members who have attained AAA-27-AAA status. Since 2000, when the AAA class was introduced, four Tennessee shooters have reached that goal: Mitchel Loveless, 2002; Charles Morrison Sr., 2004; Charles Morrison Jr., 2005; and Michael Burnette, 2007. To accomplish 98% in singles, 27-yard handicap and 96% in doubles for a season is quite an accomplishment; congratulations!
Congratulations to Robert Smith for attaining his AA-27-AA pin. This award requires averaging 97% singles, 27-yard handicap and 93% doubles for the year.
If you’re ready to shoot in a warmer climate, the 38th Spring Grand American is Feb. 24-March 2 in Tucson, Ariz.
The 2014 AIM State Shoot will be June 10-11, and the state shoot will be June 12-15 at the Tennessee CTC in Nashville. Check our Shootatatn.com website for more info.
For questions or further information, contact me at BCook27@Bellsouth.net or 731-217-9957.
By now the programs for the 2014 VTA shoots should be on the website vatrap.com. Some of the shoot weekends have changed since last year, so I encourage you to check the site. Make it easy on yourself, acquiring target minimums for the shoots and supporting our local clubs at the same time. There are shoots this month in all areas of the state. Kettlefoot is holding weekly shoots, Norfolk Co. and Lynchburg also will be holding shoots, and there is a marathon at Piedmont. It’s not yet “the season” and the weather can be harsh, but I encourage you to get out, see friends, support the clubs, and start building toward the year’s target requirements. You might also consider starting a small registered league to get yourself out to shoot. Record-keeping requirements are not tremendous, and costs are low. You can contact Earl Pinkard to set one up.
Colorado gun clubs threw 827,575 registered targets during the 2013 target year. During the 2012 target year 1,347,975 registered targets were thrown in Colorado. Colorado gun clubs threw 520,400 fewer targets during 2013. Upon reviewing the above, I would hope the Colorado State Trapshooting Association and the gun clubs throwing ATA registered events will do some self promotion to increase the targets thrown.
Congratulations to members of the 2014 Colorado state teams, based on results of the 2013 season: Men’s—Alex Ragulsky, .9536; Mike Herman, .9520; Paul Dible, .9441; John Gurule, .9376; Gregory Kahl, .9371; Jimmy Phillips, .9355; Shane Richardson, .9286; Dean Blanchard, .9270; Kelly Stout, .9204; Clay Loving, .9200. Women’s—Marilyn Walker, .8983; Kathleen Starr, .8855; Diane Dible, .8842; Tonya Thomas, .8588; Nikki Herman, .8534. Junior—Spencer Sol, .9049; Hunter Johnson, .8742; Gregory Ferguson, .7887. Sub-vet—Terry Findley, .9289; Donald Thompson, .8997. Veteran—Phil Vasquez, .9178; William Ice, .9127; Don Volz, .8925; Irvin Savidge, .8850. Senior Vet—Claude Hemsi, .9580; Cliff Haycock, .9470; Ron Walker, .9135; Bill Bruss, .9029; Jeff Bailey, .9024; James Wilson, .9001; John Uhl, .8889.
This year the ATA will recognize shooters who have obtained AAA-27-AAA status throughout the years back to 1999, when the ATA went to the new singles and doubles classes. Colorado shooters who have obtained this honor are Stacy Rehor, Benjamin Larson, Mike Herman, Scott Obenchain, Denis Bringelson, Cliff Haycock and Ray Stafford.
Please feel free to contact me regarding any concerns or questions about trapshooting in our state. I can be reached at email@example.com or 303-808-6152. For the most up-to-date information about trapshooting in Colorado, check out our website www.rmclaysports.com/CSTA.html.
Louisiana trapshooters also tend to be hunters, and our trapshooting activity goes down during the winter months due to hunting season. However, as hunting seasons close, our minds and attention will be turning back to the trapfields.
Unfortunately Louisiana lost one of its clubs last year when the South Louisiana GC, which operated in suburban New Orleans, lost its lease. The club has canceled all shoots until a new property can be found.
However, Louisiana has also added a new club. The Cottonland S&TC on Kiper Farms near Mangham began operation last summer. The club is open to the public only for registered shoot dates. Dates and directions to the club can be found at www.louisianatrapshootingassociation.org, the LTA’s website.
Cottonland S&TC has two overlaid skeet and trap fields and also has a helice or ZZ bird ring. The club is located on the edge of a large agricultural field and offers one of the best backgrounds in Louisiana.
Our National Trapshooting Day Shoot was held at the OTA SP Oct. 13. At that time we used the newly constructed Ketchum Pavilion for our temporary headquarters.
Our new clubhouse building has been erected. The interior is still under construction, but it affords refuge from the weather while we hold our derbies. Besides the clubhouse interior, the water and electrical pedestals for vendor row and the RV camper sites need repaired or replaced. Also needing replaced are the three awnings blown away in the tornado. We have a long way to go, but we are making progress.
Congratulations are in order for Oklahoma’s All-Americans for 2013: Pat Stacey, men’s second; Corbin Grybowski, junior second; Ryan Savely, junior gold second; Jim Moody, veteran second; and William Dayton, senior vet first.
Also to be congratulated are the Oklahoma state teams for 2013:
Men’s—Pat Stacey, .9501; Rick Bliss, .9243; Terry Johnson, .9238; Mike Grove, .8878; Tex Hollis, .8659. Women’s—Rose Shaffer, .9195. Junior—Corbin Grybowski, .9455; Micray Ratcliffe, .9193; Sydney Street, .8589. Sub-junior—Hunter Ratcliffe, .9193; Hunter Slater, .8388; Clay Galbreath, .7861. Junior gold—Ryan Savely, .9227. Sub-vet—Ron Bliss, .9265; Charles LeadingFox, .9192; Pete Wedelin, .9069; Stan Crawford, .9028; Rod Savely, .8889. Veteran—Jim Moody, .9307; Danny Elston, .9121; Monty Tolleson, .9076; Robert Campbell, .8870. Senior vet—Tom Batt, .9389; William Dayton, .9295; Verlin (Doc) Koper, .9255; Larry Taylor, .9211; Gary Nichols, .9116.
Rookie of the Year is Josh Casteel.
Remember our military men and women.
As I write this, it’s only three days until Christmas, and there is snow on the ground in the Panhandle. I’m sure it won’t last until Christmas, which is fine with me. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and are having a great start to the new year.
It will be February when you are reading this. Maybe by now you have lost those extra pounds that you put on during the holidays. It sure is more fun to put it on than it is to take it off. I speak from experience.
As you can tell from my rambling, I don’t have much to write about this month. (Not too sure that I ever have much to write about.) I would appreciate any news you could provide. Texas is a rather large area to cover, especially when you live way up north in the Panhandle.
While it’s cold and your gun is put away for the winter, it would be an ideal time to study your Rulebook. I know I preach that in every column and you’re sick of hearing me say it. If I go a whole year and don’t hear anyone misquote any of the rules, I’ll stop harping on the Rulebook. Is that a fair deal?
I guess I’ll see some of you at the February TTA board meeting. The rest I hope to see in April in San Antonio at the Southwestern Grand. Royce and his crew do a fantastic job. If you haven’t been to the National SC, do yourself a favor and go. It’s one of the nicest facilities anywhere.
If you have news, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-679-6889.
Till next time, y’all shoot well, y’all shoot often, and y’all have a great time.
The end of the year is just a few days away as I write this report. The 2013 target year in Arizona flew by. Many great scores were recorded, and new personal records were sought and set. In Arizona we added a new club, Tri-State T&SC in Bullhead City. Many of our clubs experienced record attendance, thanks in part to Arizona’s Chamber of Commerce days, great targets and you. I want to thank every shooter in Arizona for your contribution to our sport, as well as the shooters who travel many miles to enjoy our tournaments.
The Arizona State Shoot, March 24-30, will have great weather and is held at a great club. I hope we see record attendance.
Thanks to everyone who shot in Arizona, your attendance and daily fees and ATA memberships returned more than $12,700 back to the Arizona State Trapshooting Association during 2013. The ASTA will use this money to offer more trophies and important additions to the state shoot.
This year we will have 1,500 registered targets, over $25,000 in trophies and added money, more non-resident trophies, reduced entry fees for sub-junior and junior participants, and our complimentary dinner Saturday night.
Some great news for those seeking All-American points. The ATA has implemented a new policy that allows up to 1,300 total targets and up to five days of a state/provincial tournament to be used for All-American point determination. That means beginning Wednesday, all events plus the all-around and HOA will carry points.
Then we must thank Bill and LeeAnn Martin for their generous support of trapshooting in Arizona with their $5,000 Martin Lewis Challenge, which will be a multiple-event Lewis purse available on the following HOA events: high-over-all (1,000 targets), multiple singles (400 targets), multiple handicap (400 targets) and multiple doubles (200 targets).
Shooters can enter all four multiple Lewis purses or just the individual HOA option. See the program for more details.
Tony DeSimone has once again offered one of his TS2000 trapguns to one skilled and perhaps lucky shooter in the TS2000 Trap Gun Lewis Option. Remember, the definition of luck is “when opportunity meets preparation,” so prepare to take home one of Tony’s guns.
There will be some changes in how the championship events will be run this year. The ASTA Board voted to move the championship doubles from Sunday to Friday. The board has discussed this decision for many years; their aim is that shooters (resident and non-resident), staff and management could leave Ben Avery earlier following shootoffs and trophy distribution. The last state shoot at Ben Avery resulted in longer time to process shootoffs, pass out trophies and pack up, with some leaving after 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The board hopes this change will be successful and be of benefit to everyone. Remember, the Satellite Grands and the Grand American have only one event on the last day to shorten the day for everyone. Please let any member of the state board of directors or myself know your opinion of this change. Change is good, but if this change becomes a problem, the board will return to the original schedule next year. Your input is important.
Management at Ben Avery tells me that the new clubhouse will be ready for the state shoot. We look forward to having all components at Ben Avery in a single location. Thanks to Paul Doetsch and Dan Twitchell at Fish and Game for the new facilities. Find Paul and Dan and personally thank them for the new addition.
At the annual meeting at 8 a.m., Sunday, March 30 in the clubhouse, I will present the Delegate’s 2013 Rookie of the Year award to Walter Allen. Walter will receive a finely crafted belt buckle and a life membership to ASTA. Be there to congratulate a first-year ATA and ASTA member on his accomplishment.
For those of you in yet-to-be frozen states north and east of Arizona, don’t let snow and blizzards keep you away from one of the best states in our nation to shoot great scores. You can shoot Arizona almost every week, and many months every day, at Arizona’s premier trap clubs from September to August. Shoot dates and results are posted on the ASTA website www.aztrap.com and in Trap & Field.
The 115th Grand American is Aug. 6-16.
To assist anyone who would like to know about shooting in Arizona, what is happening at our clubs, or share anything with me, I can be reached at 520-907-1895 or email@example.com.
I want to remind everyone to know the ATA rules and shoot and live by them and really look at the ATA webpage for the latest revisions. Keep the “wood on the wood” and shoot Arizona!
The WSTA is proud to announce the 2014 state teams.
Immediately following the state teams list is an article by Bob Maasberg of Farsen.
Men’s—Bodie Johnson, .9571; John Kelly, .9400; Ed Smith Jr., .9428; Troy Ellis, .9362; Chad Frericks, .9326. Women’s—Tanie Heitz, .8796; Lorna Maasberg, .8745; Barbara Hodgson, .8473; Beth Willey, .8066. Junior—Hardy Musselman, .9543; Cole Jackson, .9354; Denton Skogen, .9075; Wyatt Jackson, .9072. Sub-junior—Haley Musselman, .8625; Tyler Thompson, .8562; Garrett Steele, .8236. Veteran—James Butler, .9484; Robert Maasberg, .9372; Steve Weinberger, .9038; Albert Gastelum, .9037. Senior vet—Ed Smith Sr., .9125; Ray Killion, .9014; Jerry Schilling, .8967; John R. Cook, .8939.
“We are coming up on a new year—not a new ATA year, trapshooting seems to be a start for a new year. Some of us have birds already shot in the 2014 ATA season, but with temperatures in the sub-zero range across the state, our anticipation for acquiring more targets in warmer temperatures rises to a higher level.
“Thinking positive about our sport is very important. Even though some of the other sports dominate this time of year, the memories of trapshooting in the past year are with us all. I personally would like to commend the sportsmanship and good examples of Wyoming’s young shooters. They set the bar high with their behavior and sportsmanship. It is a pleasure to shoot with them. The example they set shows the support and good morals instilled in them by their families. Keep up the good work!
“When you are dealing with the general public, there are always ups and downs—different personalities, temperaments and ideas about how things should be run. In general, trapshooters are at the top of the pack. Now is the time of year we need to be working on the areas and skills we lacked the last shooting year. We may not be popping as many caps, but sometimes it is important to do more thinking than shooting until the temperature is more agreeable. Some of us are very fortunate in being able to go south and hone our skills during the winter months. Wyoming is very well represented at the Spring Grand. Good luck, shooters, and have a good year!
Thanks to Bob for a great article.
Anyone with notes about their club should send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if anyone else would like to write something, feel free to send it to me.
Herman Welch of Morris, 1967 Grand American Handicap champion, has passed away. Once you met Herman, you never forgot him. He was a big man, a gentleman with a big heart. He was always smiling. Herman lived a great life. He and wife Lorraine hunted and fished together all over the country. Lorraine passed away last year. It was my honor to present him his plaque when he was inducted into the Illinois Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 2009. He last registered targets in 2008, yet remained active and involved in trapshooting by helping in any way he could at the Downers Grove SC. In fact, he moved from Downers Grove to Morris when the club relocated to a site just west of town. At age 93, Herman was still sharp as a tack. He loved to reminisce about his life experiences. He died in his sleep at his home after eating a piece of blueberry pie before going to bed. I’m sure he was content. He was cherished by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Your directors are always looking for ways to make the Illinois State Shoot fun and exciting. Check your program for details on two non-registered fun events. On Monday, June 9, we will hold the Illinois State Vintage Championship. The event consists of 50 singles, 50 handicap (ATA yardage) and 25 pair of doubles. Acceptable firearms are pump, side-by-side, and single-barrel shotguns commonly seen on the trapline during the 1950s and 1960s.
On June 10 there will be a 50-target Open Gauge Derby consisting of 50 targets from your ATA yardage. A purse will be paid to champion, runnerup and five yardage groups. At this point there is $1,950 added money for this purse. Proceeds will be used to support youth shooting.
The AIM state shoot will be held along with the Illinois State Shoot June 7-8. Come on down to Brittany in June, and let’s have some fun!
As always, please contact me with any newsworthy information, questions or concerns at 903 Center St., Mazon, IL 60444; 815-448-5120; 815-735-2974; or email@example.com.
February in Indiana is when we get most of our bad weather. Needless to say, only the diehard trapshooters are shooting (and I am not one of them). There are some registered shoots being held every month. I certainly commend those who get out in 0º weather to shoot clay targets.
Remember to make plans to attend the Indiana zone shoots. The northern zone will be held at St. Joe Valley CC (date not established yet). The central zone will be at Fall Creek CC May 10-12. The southern zone will be at the Columbus GC May 24-25. Some clubs may hold a preliminary day on Friday; contact the club for information. Also mark your calendars for the Indiana State Shoot July 8-13 at Indiana GC. The host clubs go to a lot of work to host these shoots, and I know they look forward to giving shooters the best targets possible.
St. Joe Valley will also be a host site for the ATA Central Zone Shoot Aug. 1-3. Don’t forget to visit our website indianatrapshooters.com for other gun club information throughout Indiana. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings from Iowa! As I write, we are nearing a new year full of hope and promise. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been very conducive to trapshooting—at least not in north Iowa.
As a reminder, both ATA and ISTA dues are to be renewed at the beginning of each new target year, Sept. 1. Please be sure you are current before registering targets. Membership forms can be found on both the ATA website shootata.com and the ISTA website iowastateshoot.com.
The High School Clay Target Association state tournament will be held May 30 at the ISTA homegrounds in Cedar Falls. The ISTA will also host the SCTP Championships May 31-June 1.
The 138th annual Iowa State Shoot is scheduled for July 23-27; make plans now to attend.
As always, if you have any questions, concerns or information/ideas for an article, please let me know. I can be reached at email@example.com or 641-425-1588.
Winter has definitely hit with its horizontal snow and blustery freezing winds. Clubs throwing jackpot shoots in the cold include Buffalo GC, Minneapolis GC, Del-Tone/Luth and Beaverbrook. Waverly and Metro are throwing league targets. Please give these clubs your patronage (visit www.minnesotatrap.com for club addresses). It is not easy keeping trapfields open in the winter. There is additional expense with snow clearing and ice controls, not to mention wear and tear on equipment. Help these clubs by supporting their efforts. After all, we are Minnesotans, and cold doesn’t bother us!
The Minnesota Trapshooting Association had its winter meeting at Minneapolis GC Dec. 7. It was a good meeting and very constructive. The 2013 Minnesota state teams were approved and will soon be posted on our official website. Two nominees were voted into the MTA Hall of Fame for 2014: Troy Haverly (New London), nominated by Pat Gottberg; and Jim Fetzik (Penngilly), nominated by Ken Koester. Congratulations to both gentlemen.
Owatonna GC has agreed to be a host site for the ATA Central Zone Shoot, and the MTA thanks Paul Cyr, Kyle Wolfe and the Owatonna board for this decision. I can taste the desserts now, as Owatonna is famous for their spread of goodies at big shoots. Minneapolis GC was slated for this event, but their shoot calendar was full so they had to postpone to another year. If your club is not in the rotation, is of sufficient size and capabilities to hold the ATA Central Zone Shoot, and wishes to hold this shoot, let me know. Right now the clubs in the rotation are Alexandria SP, Del-Tone/Luth, Minneapolis, Owatonna and Proctor.
Mark Zauhar (now officially a Florida resident) and his youth shooting foundation recently resigned from running the Minnesota State Shoot live and silent auctions. We thank him for his many years of support with this event. Mark and Sally Stevens, on behalf of their 501(c)3 nonprofit (Minnesota Youth Shotgun Association), volunteered to take over this endeavor with a great deal of support needed from MTA board members. All cash donations are 100% tax deductible. Minnesota youth shooters can use your support through both donated items and cash to help with continuing youth programs across the state as well as at our state shoot. If you wish to donate or volunteer your time to help run the live and silent auctions, please contact us at your earliest convenience. You can reach Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark at 612-703-6155. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The January NRA Shotgun Coach Class (Level 1) being held in Buffalo is full, with 25 attendees, and the March 16-17 school in Buffalo has 12 confirmed filled spots, with 13 remaining as of this writing. I would suspect it will be full in a few days, and we will plan for an additional date if needed. If you are interested in taking the coach class, please contact Mark or Sally Stevens, and we will get you into the next open school. We will hold as many as needed to get the job done.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of David Blanshan of Windom. I shared a few trapshooting lines with David over the years. He was a good representation of the gentlemanly side of our sport. He always enjoyed a shoot, but the camaraderie was really his forte. For more information, see the MTA website. David, you will be missed. Hold your family tight, always treat them like it will be the last time you see them, for you never know what tomorrow will bring. To the family of David, the MTA offers our sincere condolences.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your ATA Delegate. I consider it a privilege and will work hard for our sport. I am humbled by your trust in me. If you have suggestions and/or questions, please contact me at email@example.com or 612-703-6155.
South Dakota trapshooters are excited to have three shooters on the men’s All-American first team, based on 2013 performance: Tim Reed, Fred Nagel and Matt Bartholow (Matt for the first time). It takes a lot of time, commitment and, of course, ability to accomplish this goal. All of us in S.D. are very proud. Congratulations, and good luck this year.
On a sad note, longtime shooter Don Neuheisel passed away suddenly while hunting this fall. Don had shot over 360,000 targets during his career, including 218,600 singles. Many of us had traveled with and shot a lot of targets with Don—always a good time, both shooting and sharing the many stories that accumulate through years of hunting and trapshooting. Rest in peace, Don; you will be missed.
Looking ahead, the S.D. State Shoot will be in Aberdeen July 15-20. If you need camping spots or more information, you can call Jerry Brick at 605-225-6383.
Remember to take someone new to the gun club next time you go.
As always, I can be reached at 605-336-7285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello again. As I write this from balmy southern Wisconsin, it is -8º. First I would like to congratulate all seven of our All- Americans: Cathy Wehinger, Cheryl Demulling and Carol Keeley, Lady II; Benjamin Carlson and Bradley Carlson, sub-junior; Gerald Demulling, sub-veteran; and H. John Duwe, veteran.
Congratulations also to the high-average and all-state team members. High singles average honors go to Gerald Demulling, high handicap average belongs to Jonathon Denman, and Glen Grabski had the high doubles average.
All-state team members: Men’s—captain Gerald Demulling, Jonathon Denman, Keith Lehmann, Dwight Fitzsimmons, Jeffrey Benesh, Donald Mittag, Daniel King, Glen Grabski, Richard Tesker, Larry Heinrichs. Women’s—captain Cathy Wehinger, Debra Longworth, Marilen Sydow, Janet Reding, Emily Riley. Junior—captain Brian Howland, Christopher Long, Abigail Rosenau, Sara Link. Sub-junior—captain Benjamin Carlson, Bradley Carlson, Robert Ebbers, Tyler Thiede. Veteran—captain H. John (Jack) Duwe, Dwight Paulin, Steve Keeley, Laverne Lehmann. Senior vet—captain Bruce Wiegmann, James Grunewald, Bryan Pierce, John Detra, Don Moe.
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As you read this, there are only four months until the state championships. The DTA Board of Directors has been working hard to ensure the success of the shoot as well as that of the organization. DTA president Bill Alfree has been in negotiations with WTA and Millington SA to determine the venue for the state shoot. After several attempts he was unable to secure a viable contract with WTA. We have, however, been able to come up with a favorable contract with Millington SA. Our shoot will be May 23-26 at Millington SA in Millington, Md.
With the help of Bud Fini and Sig Sauer, we are currently running a raffle for a Sig Sauer Model 1911 .45 caliber handgun. This is a beautiful STX stainless steel pistol with the DTA logo engraved on the slide, making it a one-of-a-kind item. The drawing will be held on Memorial Day at the shoot. Tickets are one for $10 or three for $20 and are available from any DTA board, or just give me a call.
After the Handicap Championship we will hold a lucky-number draw for $1,000. Eligible shooters must have shot three of the four handicap events during the tournament. Two numbers between 0 and 9 will be drawn. As long as there are at least three eligible shooters, they will go to the line and compete for first through third place. Money will be split 50/30/20%. If for some reason there are fewer than three shooters, we will draw another number.
Our state shoot is a large undertaking, usually by a small group of people. Our team is always looking for help. If you love this sport as we do and would like to contribute, please attend the annual meeting or just let any officer know. We want our organization to grow, and we appreciate your help.
I would like to once again congratulate Kie Kababik for making the junior All-American team. This was Kie’s last year as a junior, and he has surely made all of us proud. He is shooting for his college team now and doing quite well, placing second in his last regional tournament.
At this time I am proud to announce the Delaware state team: captain Kie Kababik, .9444; Bill Alfree, .9132; John Patchell, .9048; Gary Waalkes, .8751; Jerry Burkert, .8751.
I would also like to acknowledge the following shooters for their commitment to trapshooting through target attainment in 2013: Jerry Burkert, 13,700; Bud Fini, 13,350; Bill Alfree, 12,300; and Gary Waalkes, 11,700. Thank you for your dedication.
Wilmington TA has put the finishing touches on their new clubhouse. They are open for trap and skeet practice every Saturday and Sunday and will have a full schedule of registered trapshooting this spring and summer. WTA also offers NRA certified instructors for those just starting in the shooting sports. So when a friend asks, where can I or my kid get started in shooting sports, send them to WTA.
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Shoot well and shoot often.
I am sorry to report the passing of longtime Massachusetts shooter Dr. Norman B. Pike of Ashfield. He passed away Nov. 29 at the age of 82. Known to most of us as Doc Pike, he was a Korean War veteran. Dr. Pike graduated from medical school in 1961 and was a certified surgeon for 30 years, retiring in 1996. An avid trapshooter, member of the Franklin Co. League of Sportsman’s Club and a proud member of the NRA, he enjoyed woodworking, hunting and photography. He started shooting in 1975 and had shot 79,100 singles, 60,150 handicap and 31,450 doubles targets. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Christine; sons Christopher, Frederick and Benjamin; daughter Patricia; and to all his many friends.
At our MATA meeting Dec. 11, state shoot plans were finalized. The dates will be June 6-8 at Minute Man SC. The club did a lot of work on the fields for last year’s state shoot that not only made each field look great by grading and seeding, but also significantly improved target visibility. My impression after talking with shooters was that the new look was very well received, and this year the fields will look even better. I hope you will mark your calendar for our shoot; I look forward to seeing you there.
Jim Armitage, our longtime vice president, will be the honoree at this year’s state shoot; he has always been willing to give a helping hand when needed as well as being an MATA officer for many years.
The Labor Day Shoot has also been nailed down. It will be Aug. 30-31 at Royalston F&GC. This is a great shoot that is always well attended, with a free MATA cookout Saturday evening. The annual MATA meeting and banquet will be Oct. 4 at 6:30p.m. This is a nice night out for all members and a guest. It will be held at Singletary R&GC.
Congratulations go out to Evelyn Kazen for making the ATA All-American Lady II first team; good shooting, Evelyn.
I would like to recognize the top three clubs in Massachusetts for number of targets thrown in 2013: Minute Man SC, 149,825, of which 118,625 were from the state shoot; Royalston F&GC, 98,550; and North Leominster R&GC, 56,500. All Massachusetts clubs combined for 374,175. Massachusetts shooters who shot in the state as well as others shot a total of 537,200 targets.
I hope all had a nice Thanksgiving and merry Christmas. Try to support our clubs this winter and year-round so we all have a place to shoot and carry on this great sport. I hope you all shoot well in 2014 and remember to have fun.
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Trapshooting has been dealt some harsh weather the first two weekends in December here in the Garden State. Bitter cold temperatures, including rain and snow, have put a damper on clay-target shooting.
These conditions in no way have prevented the diehard pigeon shooter from leaving the warmth of the fireplace and venturing out to Quail Creek in Moselem Springs, Pa., on Dec. 8 to participate in the New Jersey Live Pigeon Shoot. Joad (John) Amaral was the victor with a very respectable 21x25, considering the cold and windy weather conditions.
At the same time, North Jersey CTC was holding their annual holiday party at the VFW in Fairfield. Ed Yanchok put together a guessing game, where he had a jar filled with used primers, another with empty target shells and finally the last with M&Ms. John Fuller, head trap mechanic at the club, was closest to the primer count, Vic Savoia was closest to the number of shells, and Ann Bluestein was runnerup. Peter Berwanger guessed correctly to win the jar of M&Ms. Thanks, Ed, for bringing additional excitement to the festivities. Other holiday parties were held at Pine Belt and Pine Valley, and all three parties were well attended and had lots of good food.
Well, this time of year we (myself and Rudy Torlini) compare notes as to which trapshooter made which team here in New Jersey. This is the second year that the ATA has sent the Delegates an electronic version of the “hard copy” that was the norm. I’ll be omitting the averages and just reporting the names. If you’re interested in knowing the numbers, you can go to www.njsta.com, and they’ll be in the 2014 state shoot program.
Men’s first—Robert Malmstedt, Marc Invidiato, Thomas Clarke, Jeff Slimm, Mark Wade. Men’s second—Dan Biggs, Edward Taylor, Vic Savoia, Ken Mlynarz, Jeff Whalen. Women’s—Kimberly Cormack, Patricia Slimm. Junior—Joseph Lombardi, Joseph Clarke, Ean Taylor, John Di Miglio, Emily Malone. Veteran—John Godwin, Craig Gasparine, Tom Wolf, Joe Sissano. Senior vet—Robert Mlynarz, Robert Long, James Steinhart, Fred Minus. With the most registered targets was Joe Sissano with 34,250. Congratulations to all the team members.
Congratulations again go to John Godwin. John had the high singles target count for the entire ATA, registering 29,000. This is some accomplishment, considering John’s business; he can’t make the various four- and five-day state shoots and is confined to shooting on the weekends and Big 50 events.
Reviewing other areas of the electronic report, it seems that New Jersey was down 20,000 registered targets in 2013. This is understandable with the economy that we all are living through here. Two of the NJTA member clubs were up in registered target count. Ground Swipers was up over 20,000 targets, and NJCTC was up over 10,000.
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Greetings from Ontario, Canada.
For Canadians who wish to temporarily import firearms into the U.S., be aware that the folks at Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms are wanting the ATF applications completed differently for 2014. No longer will they accept general statements such as “approximately,” or ammunition manufacturers “including.” This varies from what I reported to readers of this column last year. To assist you in completing your forms, please ensure that you
• include every ammunition manufacturer whose ammunition you will be importing. If you are not sure, include it anyway, because if you are found with ammunition from a manufacturer that is not on your ATF form, you will either be denied entry or perhaps the offending ammunition will be confiscated.
• include the country of the manufacturer of the ammunition. Most North American brands will be “U.S.,” but be careful here; some may be from Italy (for instance) and only imported into U.S.
• indicate the gauge (12 gauge, almost invariably)
• insert shot size (No. 7 1/2 and No. 8, almost invariably).
• amount of ammunition. You need not specify the amount of each type of ammunition. My discussions with ATF staff indicate that you can put in a global amount (e.g., 5,000 rounds), but don’t import more than your permit authorizes.
On a lighter note, many of you will remember the “Mantracker” series that aired on A&E. The star of that production, Terry Grant (Mr. Mantracker himself), is a client of my office, and every time he arrives, it is like a media event. I have staff that wants autographs and other clients who want an introduction, and Terry just laughs and takes it all in. When you have celebrity status like Terry, you have to take advantage of the notoriety, and he certainly does just that, driving a huge four-wheeler adorned with “Mantracker” all over it.
Terry is actually a very serious young man who hails from High River, Alta. You may have heard of that community, which was badly damaged in early 2013 by massive flooding. Residents had to be evacuated; they were given no choice. Then after the residences were residentless, the RCMP went into homes and confiscated legally owned firearms. The reason for this has changed to the point that presumably only the RCMP themselves are aware of why this was done. I recall reading articles that suggested the RCMP were looking for improperly stored firearms. Some suggest the search targeted individuals whose names were in the firearm owner database.
The National Firearms Association is urging a “high calibre” judicial inquiry into the actions of the RCMP. The “Mantracker” wouldn’t comment on whether he was personally impacted. Victims of the flooding should not have to be further victimized by agents of a “police-like state.” Who gave the RCMP its orders? What specifically were those orders? Why? Time may tell.
Congratulations are in order for the well-known Pennsylvania shooter Lisa Long, who is our 2013 Trapshooter of the Year. Lisa won numerous trophies, beginning in September at South End GC, where the state southeastern zone shoot was held, and her winning continued throughout the year. In addition she has been selected to her 19th state team and named to the ATA Lady I All-American team. Lisa took home trophies from the Northeastern, Dixie and Empire Satellite Grands as well as five state shoots from Delaware to Virginia with New York, Connecticut and New Jersey in between. Another name many of us are familiar with is Tom Burkey. Tom has been selected as the latest member of the Pennsylvania State Sportsman’s Association’s Hall of Fame. Tom has been on several ATA All-American teams as a veteran and senior veteran. Beginning in 2002, Tom’s been a member of vet or senior vet teams at the state level as well. Anyone who has visited the Pennsylvania homegrounds has come in contact with Tom’s handiwork in one way or another. He’s been involved with various campground upgrades, and all of the projects he was involved with still have ongoing improvements today. Tom has held office in the PSSA since 1995, first as vice president and now as treasurer. Tom is also a member of the ATA Executive Committee, serving as ATA Treasurer since 1992. Congratulations to both on these well-deserved honors.
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