Information for Around the ATA is provided to Trap & Field by state and provincial ATA Delegates and/or their designated representatives.
Shooters and local officials: Please inform your ATA Delegate of news about shooters and clubs in your area.
The new trapshooting year started Sept. 1. Pay your ATA dues so that during handicapping our computers show you as a paid shooter.
Also a note from the state secretary: you will need to pay your ASTA dues for the new target year before you can shoot in any of our tournaments. Remember, it’s only $25 for a life membership, and you will never be bugged again.
Those of you who have birthdays that put you on the category cusp will have the opportunity to consider whether you want to remain in your current category or move up to the next category. If you change categories, would you please let me know so we can put you in the correct category when it’s time to select the state team in March 2014? Why, you ask? Well, the information we receive from ATA at year-end is based on your date of birth and may have placed you in another category, not the one in which you chose to shoot for the year. Your help is appreciated. We don’t want to put you on the wrong state team.
Scott McClelland will be inducted into the Arizona state Hall of Fame during the third annual Hall of Fame Classic Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Ben Avery CTC. I personally want to thank the selection committee for nominating Scotty plus the members of the state board of directors for their wise decision. What a great selection! Along with the late Dean and Dale Allen, Scott is one of the “Singles Suck Gang”; Scotty still wears his SS shirt on 200-bird singles days. Plan on attending the Hall of Fame Shoot and congratulate Scotty for his many years shooting and support trapshooting in Arizona.
What are the criteria for consideration and nomination to the Arizona Hall of Fame? Nominees must have been a resident of the state and a member of the ATA and the ASTA for at least 10 years. Individuals can be nominated in one of two categories or a combination of both. 1) Shooting excellence: exemplary shooting and achievement over a period of years that includes a minimum of three major ATA championships at the state through national levels. Tournaments such as Zone, state, Satellite Grand and the Grand American are examples. 2) Contributions: qualifications include outstanding and unselfish voluntary service to trapshooting in Arizona over a period of at least 10 years. Outstanding service on behalf of the shooters of Arizona or other voluntary non-salaried administrative positions, such as service to local clubs, the state board of directors, ATA Delegate or as a member of the ATA Executive Committee.
The ASTA Board of Directors has the sole power to select and confirm or reject nominees for the Hall of Fame. Members wishing to nominate a qualified individual may do so by completing the ASTA Hall of Fame form on www.aztrap.com.
Delta TC’s 53rd annual Labor Day Shoot was one of the great tournaments many Arizona shooters attended to start off the new target year. This year a delegation of 19 shooters from Arizona competed, and I believe the real reason is not shooting—that’s our hobby—but Sunday’s meal: great margaritas and other ice-cold adult beverages along with the famous steak dinner, roasted Olatha corn on the cob (all you can eat), coleslaw, ranch beans and many desserts. I can say several of Arizona’s best may have eaten more corn than targets they broke.
One of the preeminent teams taking home some of the gold (corn) were Steven Phelps, Alvin Mathews (the ringleader), Guy Cagnetto and Milt Kennedy.
Paul Doetsch, recovering from back surgery, was in rare form on the trapline. Paul had to sit out doubles due to his recovery, but in the first two events he broke a 99 in singles and a smoking 99 in the ’caps. Nice shooting, Paul.
On Sept. 28 the Globe-Miami GC hosted its (almost) annual doubles trapshoot to support the Jane Eck Memorial Fund benefiting the local Meals on Wheels program. Jim Grider, who is largely responsible for the second trapfield in Globe, was master of ceremonies and ran the shoot. The cost was a paltry $25 for 100, with juniors 18 years and younger shooting at half price.
The Pre-Spring Grand will be held Feb. 19-23, with the Spring Grand Feb. 24-March 2. The Arizona State Shoot will be at Ben Avery March 24-30.
There have been some rule changes in the ATA, and I urge you to visit www.shootata.com to read and understand the changes, as they can affect your wins or losses this target year. Important is a change for shooters and clubs when squadding 18-, 19- and 20-yard shooters. On Page 13 of the online Rulebook, the following has changed:
Section IV, G, 2
“If 18, 19 or 20 yard shooters are in a squad, it is strongly suggested that there be no more than one (1) yard difference . . . ”
For you short-yardage shooters, in an effort to ensure safety on the line, the club may enforce the one-yard difference rule.
For those of you in yet-to-be frozen states north and east of Arizona, don’t let your snow keep you away from one of the best states in our nation to shoot great scores. Come to Arizona, renew old acquaintances and have a great time.
Upcoming shoots include Mohave, Nov. 9-10 and Dec. 14-15; Lake Havasu, Nov. 15-17; Casa Grande, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 20-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 5; Double Adobe, Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 28-29; Ben Avery, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 (Hall of Fame Shoot) and Dec. 27-29; Garden Canyon, Dec. 7-8; and Tucson, Dec. 14-15. Arizona shoot dates are posted on the ASTA website www.aztrap.com and in T&F.
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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. Also, keep the “wood on the wood” and “shoot Arizona!”
Registered shooting starts to slow down as the temperature drops. There are no scheduled shoots for the month of November in Utah. Opportunities to get in some practice and spend time with friends on the line are still available. Teamers, Annies and a variety of games are abundant at just about every club in the state this time of year. This is a great way to get people introduced to trapshooting and have a great time in the process. Check out the gun club bulletin board at Utahtrapshooters.com for activities at your favorite club.
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As the 2013 shooting season comes to a close, Washington State can reflect on a successful year. We had two shooters earn event champion honors at the Grand American, so be sure to congratulate Travis Iksic on his Kolar Handicap win and John Mullins for his Kubota Doubles win. We couldn’t have asked for a better Grand American. Between the great weather and camaraderie among the shooters, it was a Grand to remember.
The Washington Singles Championship was awarded to Mike Scharbach with the lone 200 in-state, while Iksic won the Doubles Championship with 99. The Handicap Championship went to Jesse Johnson after a highly contested shootoff of 97s. The all-around and high-over-all were both awarded to Iksic, bringing his trophy total to six for the week. A big thank you to everyone at the Spokane GC for putting on another successful state shoot, as well as to all the shooters for coming out and making it as large as it was.
Be sure to head back to Spokane GC for the final shoot of the year on Nov. 2 and start registering targets for the 2014 season. Washington State has a few winter leagues along with weekend turkey shoots. So be sure to get out there and support these local clubs and have some fun while you’re there.
As your newly elected Delegate, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Washington shooters for expressing their confidence in my abilities to represent them on a national level. I encourage and appreciate any feedback or issues you’d like to present. I can be reached at email@example.com. I hope you all have had a great shooting year, and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Mike Westjohn achieved a significant milestone on Tuesday of this year’s Grand. He shot at and broke his 100,000th ATA doubles target. It takes a great deal of dedication to accomplish a goal like this. Mike is a regular member of our all-state team and several All-American teams. I can pretty much guarantee he broke most of the targets he shot at. Congratulations, Mike. I hope you break as many of your second 100,000 as you did your first. We are always proud when an Illinois shooter does well.
Jack Miller has decided to resign as our Illinois AIM director. Jack is a good friend of mine. When I was told I had to appoint a director for our AIM program, Jack was the first and only person I talked to. He had been actively promoting youth shooting for years. His Chip & Crack teams are well known throughout the state. I am glad Jack accepted the challenge. He brought the Illinois AIM program from its infancy to one of the best in the nation. We have in excess of 350 kids in the program now, and 250 kids participated in this year’s state shoot in some really nasty weather. Jack will continue to coach his Chip & Crack teams. There are far too many achievements of his shooters to mention here. There is one that is hard to overlook, though: Tony Fortino got his start at X-line GC in Jack’s program. I want to thank Jack for all the work he has done. We all owe him a debt of gratitude.
I have asked Jenna Knott to take over the AIM program. Jenna was AIM director for Kentucky, where she was doing a great job. She recently moved to Illinois and has agreed to be our AIM director. Good luck, Jenna. We know you will do a fine job.
I have been hearing about the great work being done by the Southern Illinois Youth Sport Shooting Association (SIYSSA) for our kids in southern Illinois and decided to look into it. The SIYSSA, a non-profit corporation, is dedicated to promoting trapshooting and other shooting activities for the youth of southern Illinois. SIYSSA supports the activities of each member team by encouraging good sportsmanship and responsibility. It is committed to developing youth trapshooters to compete individually and through team effort. They have registered shoots coming up in November, March, April and May. The shoots are divided between Sparta and Rend Lake. There are currently 187 kids signed up in the association. There are 10 teams, with 14 members on each team. At each competition they distribute more than 90 awards in four divisions and four classes. They mostly follow SCTP guidelines for squadding and team awards, and the ATA standard four-class system for individuals. For further information, check out their website www.SIYSSA.WEBS.com.
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I would like to thank Phillip Baker and John Harden of the Indiana GC for buying the four posts on the Hall of Fame squad at the Grand American. The kids had a wonderful time talking to the All-Americans and eating pizza. It was a good evening for the kids and their parents.
I want to remind everyone if you would like to shoot this winter, most gun clubs are open for practice or shooting games. This is a good way to stay sharp for the coming summer. If nothing else, get your gun out and put it up to your shoulder 100 times every day or so. This helps to keep your arms and shoulders in shape through the cold months.
I hope everyone will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to be thankful for the freedom we enjoy every day. Also, let’s remember our service men and women who are away from their families this Thanksgiving fighting for our freedom.
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As I write this, harvest is getting under way, which unfortunately also signals the winding down of the trapshooting season for much of the state. You may already be aware the ATA will not be offering a two-yard reduction this year. Normal 1,000-target reviews will continue. If you receive a reduction, you do not have to accept it. Simply contact Kathy Key or go to the ATA website, and click on “About the ATA” and then “ATA Forms” to find instructions.
Looking to next season, we will have a new range open in the southwest zone. Steve Maltzahn has been instrumental in the planning, development and construction of the range near Afton. Located approximately 40 miles west of Osceola, the facility will offer five trapfields and clubhouse and is adjacent to a pistol and rifle range.
Steve said, “I watched the concrete guys finish the floor of our new clubhouse today. We will entertain a bid to construct the outside shell by end of November. Fund-raising has been outstanding as well as membership sales. Many are based on our 1-2-3-4 and 500-yard rifle range, also a 50-yard pistol pit. Both will be able to function at the same time. Clay target side is east, and rifle-pistol is on the west side of our 80-acre property. We have two dog trial fields on the south end of the property. We may decide to expand before we officially open. Did I say it’s a beautiful facility overlooking the upper end of Three Mile Lake?
“I need about 10 more retired guys to help. We have done much of our own work. Our High Lakes board has individuals talented in electricity, plumbing, construction, engineering, business, grant writing, food service and manufacturing and includes a college VP, retired Iowa DNR (retired) person and Union Co. conservation board members.
“We have added a new sign that calls our facilities “High Lakes Shooting Complex.” Managed by the High Lakes Outdoor Alliance Board of Directors, we are a certified 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, both federal and state. The group developed from former DU, PF and QU committees that decided to raise funds for local projects. Hundreds of thousands of dollars already focused on completed projects, and this shooting range has been our biggest venture—a $500K project, five Pat-Traps and wireless voice releases, and two Pat skeet traps for a single skeet range if fund-raising goes as well as expected this fall. Clubhouse is 30x60 feet and includes two shipping containers for storage. Next expansion will be a permanent 5-stand range. We have another 80 acres offered to do a sporting clays course and archery, if enough labor and interest is available, and maybe an indoor archery range and managed dove hunting field.”
Congratulations to the High Lakes group for putting together such a venue. I look forward to seeing it in person.
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Have a great Thanksgiving!
The MTA has lost three fixtures in trapshooting. MTA treasurer and secretary J. D. Faltin passed away Sept. 10 after a brief battle with cancer, and Jon Dill passed away Sept. 12. The third person, although not a Michigan resident, has been a face we’ve seen at Mason over the years and who always spoke highly of Michigan, and that is Trapshooting Hall of Famer Leo Harrison III, who passed away Aug. 22. May we keep their families in our thoughts and prayers and comfort them when possible. Let’s remind them the meaning of trapshooting family and be there for them.
The MTA Board of Directors has gained a few new faces. Jerry Glisson, Keith Heeg, Jeff Russell and Jim Creighton are new directors. Let’s support them as they donate their time, labor and effort to keep trapshooting thriving in Michigan. I’d also like to thank outgoing directors Dick Turner and Jess Bowman for what they did during their time on the board.
Lastly, during this holiday season, let’s keep those recovering from health issues in our thoughts and prayers. MTA Hall of Fame member Jodene Phenicie is still recovering from cancer treatment, and state Hall of Fame member Various Frank Wood is in rehab due to complications from a stroke. A phone call or card would go a long way, I’m sure of it.
Until next time, shoot well!
F. Darryl Hayes
By the time you read this, registered shooting in Minnesota will have given way to hunting and the cold north winds. We can reflect back on the good days, good shoots and good times with friends and family. For many of us, the cool wind, lapping water on the side of the duck boat, the wet smell of a dog and the call of geese in the distance will occupy our weekends for a while. Throw in a cackling pheasant and a few antlers, and good times are ahead. With the added bonus of spending days with family and the wonderful Minnesota cold-weather meals, it doesn’t get much better.
For others, the lure of jackpot shoots at gun clubs will keep them active. Minneapolis and Buffalo gun clubs will have opened their jackpot shoots by the time you read this. Metro GC and Alexandria may join in a few weeks later, with many offering cash rewards on a Lewis system and some special awards for 50 straights. I will update winter jackpot shooting in January, when I return to shooting clays instead of harvesting game for my freezer. Those oversized targets against a snow-covered background make for an interesting day with friends and fellow shooters.
National Trapshooting Day was held at Buffalo GC on Sept. 14. Winners included Ed Deitz, Michael Holm, Matthew Clark, Nancy Rawerts, Dannyelle Moon, James Block, Dave Trushenski and Ken Norman. Unfortunately, the doubles was rained out. Great shooting and great scores! Hunter Roeder won the ATA life membership that was donated in David Terning’s memory. Hunter won in a shootoff against Max Bunning after a 189 combined score.
Minneapolis held its NTD Sept. 15. Winners included Glenn Linden, Steve Richards, Dean Campbell, Dave Palm, Dannyelle Moon, Troy Smith, Mike Cooper, Mike Crepeau, Glenn Linden, Reney Langlois, Emma Olson, Claude Banyai and Troy Smith. HOA honors went to Crepeau with 288x300. Junior Emma Olson won the ATA life membership donated in memory of Jim Thomas. Thanks to the generous donors of the memberships.
Minnesota shooters were saddened to hear that fellow shooter David Vice of Shakopee was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer. Dave has been a member and huge supporter of Park SC for over 30 years and given tirelessly to the sport, including youth shooting. A benefit was held at Park SC Sept. 15. The turnout was fantastic. Funds raised will be used to help offset costs as Dave seeks treatment. We speak from the heart when we say we all wish Dave the best and will continue to be there to support him through his treatment.
Sally and I traveled to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to become National Coach Development Staff (shotgun). We are now certified by the NRA to train Level 1 Shotgun Coach Class to adults and juniors 15 years of age and older. We look forward to working with many of you as we help expand our sport. If you would like to be put on our list for the NRA Shotgun Coach, Level 1, please call or e-mail me. We currently have more than 10 people on the list, and once we have 20, we will cap the class and run it, probably right after Minnesota hunting season ends. We are honored to have been invited to join the NCD staff and are now setting our sights on the NRA Certified Shotgun Coach, Level 3, (which is being written as we speak) as well as the Junior Olympics and upcoming National Coach Training Seminars.
The ATA has informed me that the new Rulebook and bylaws are being reviewed and will go to print shortly. Also of interest: each gun club throwing ATA targets in 2014 will receive five free memberships to give away to shooters who have never been ATA members before. AIM parents will be allowed to join the ATA for free if they have never joined the ATA previously. State shoots will be receiving increased automatic All-American points. The goal is to have the average cards online by Sept. 30 for those who have signed up for this service. All others should have received their average cards by mail around the middle of October.
Remember, if you have reached a milestone or have information to share about a shoot or event, let me know. Nominations for induction into the 2014 Minnesota Hall of Fall were taken until Nov. 1. If you have someone you’d like to nominate, please visit our website at www.minnesotatrap.com to fill out the online form. We will be starting to review the state teams about the last week of October after all the 2013 scores are entered at the ATA office.
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Have a great fall.
Twenty-nine South Dakotans attended the Grand American and as a group had great success. Winning trophies were Matt and Foster Bartholow, Fred Nagel, Tim Reed, Todd Hanson, Dave Thorson, Reed Bixler, Marlene Hettinger, Chad Vinatieri and Troy Balk. The South Dakota team won the National Team Race again, with Matt Bartholow breaking all 300 targets in prelim Friday’s events. Wow! Great shooting.
I just got back from the Heartland Grand at Dale Stockdale’s club in Iowa. Dale and his crew put on a good shoot—lots of shooters (attendence was up from last year) and lots of targets. Do yourself a favor and check it out next year.
We are all done with registered shooting for the year here in South Dakota, but there are plenty of meat shoots being held all fall at various clubs throughout the state. Don’t sit home; get out and do a little fun shooting.
It’s not too early to think about next year. The S.D. State Shoot will be in Aberdeen July 16-20. You can call Jerry Brick for info at 605-225-6383 or get in touch with me, and I will do my best to help.
Remember to take someone new next time you go shooting.
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With the onset of colder weather here in Massachusetts, registered shooting is pretty much over for the next five months. However, we do have clubs that will be open this winter for league shooting and practice. Try to get out to shoot some targets and catch up with friends. These clubs will certainly appreciate the effort.
Our Labor Day Shoot is now in the books, and it was a great weekend. Winners can be found on the MATA website. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time to provide a great cookout for shooters and guests and also Roy and Donna for another fine shoot. Thanks also to Evelyn Kazen for her help at the scoreboard figuring winners and shootoffs.
As you read this article, we will have had our annual meeting and banquet (Oct. 5). Robert Nihtila Sr. was inducted into the MATA Hall of Fame. Bob started in 1984 and to date has shot 107,350 registered targets. He has won many trophies throughout New England, at Zone shoots and the Grand American. I will have more news and election of officers next time.
I would like to mention some of our shooters who were trophy winners at other shoots this year. Eastern Zone: Michael Archambeault, Andrew Smith, Randy Gleason, Feras Awad, Evelyn Kazen and Mark Giglio. Grand American: Frank Iadanola, Carl Kazen, Awad and Evelyn Kazen. Northeastern Grand: James Gillespie, Evelyn Kazen and Steve Stella. Great shooting by all!
I am sorry to report the passing of two of our members. John H. Verick Jr. of Cherry Valley passed away Aug. 6; he was 78 years old. John shot from 1958 to 1968; he had registered 7,900 singles, 5,800 handicap and 1,950 doubles targets and was state singles champion in 1967 with 199. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of Singletary R&GC and Rutland SC, the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Action League. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Myron Wronski Jr., 74, of Sterling passed away Aug. 12. Mr. Wronski was a member of the Eight Point SC, North Leominster R&GC and Camp Bartlett R&GC. He was an avid outdoorsman and passionately embraced hunting, fishing and trapshooting. He was also known for his award-winning fly-tying and pumpkins that he and son David grew, some weighing over 800 pounds. From 1958 to 1999 he shot 9,950 singles, 13,800 handicap and 4,000 doubles targets. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Good luck to all who venture to warmer climates to shoot some targets. I will be deer hunting for the next three months and then shooting in a winter league.
If anyone has reached a milestone in singles, handicap or doubles and has received the ATA attainment pin(s), please let me know, and I will put that in a future article. These are nice attainments and show a lot of dedication to our sport.
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Remember to have fun!
Fred Minus reached the 50,000 singles target milestone at the Jersey Devil at Pine Belt back in August. I had the opportunity to speak with him a couple of years ago, and he indicated that he started shooting back in 1971 at Pine Belt. Fred shot off and on throughout the mid 1980s and then, like a lot of us, for financial reasons had to stop shooting registered for 20 years so he could educate his children. Dave Holt was on hand that Saturday to take Fred’s picture after I had the ATA send out his documentation.
Sept. 7 was the first of Pine Valley’s two-day club shoot. As usual, a good-size crowd was on hand to taste the fresh corn and tomatoes from Stella’s Farm Market. Anthony Disabato was this year’s well-deserved honoree. He works tirelessly at Pine Valley during the week to keep the grounds well maintained. Anthony’s first gift was a new blade for the grass-cutting tractor. The real gift was a deluxe leather shooting bag, big enough for boxes of shells, empties and shooting glasses.
Club winner for Saturday’s singles was Jeff Slimm with 197. Marty Schindler led the handicap with 96, and doubles was won by Slimm. Dan Biggs led Sunday’s singles with 99. Look for the entire list of winners in this issue of Trap & Field.
The Westy Hogans was held at PSSA’s homegrounds in Elysburg starting Sept. 6. Eighty-two shooters from New Jersey traveled upstate to vie for a trophy. A full list of winners can be found on rjstuart.com. Among those winning one trophy were Vinnie Ranelli, Bob Hofman, A. C. D’Alessio, Chris Cusamano, Victor Savoia and Joseph Clarke. Winning two trophies were Craig Gasparine and Mark Wade; Bob Malmstedt collected three awards.
Howell TC held two registered shoots in September. Bob Merkov led the doubles with 89, Greg Menshoff topped the singles with 97, and Russ Beamsderfer paced the handicap with 93. On the 15th Joe Nuva traveled from Langhorne to lead the doubles with 89, John Homan won the singles with 99, and Russ and Homan, were tied in the handicap with 91.
Pine Belt held their club shoot the 14th and 15th. Slimm was high gun in the singles with 197, Ed Shea led the handicap with 94, and Marc Invidiato was high in the doubles.
The third weekend in September is usually the NJSTA’s northern zone, held at the North Jersey CTC in Fairfield. A satellite shoot is also held down in Pine Valley. Trophy winners for the weekend can be found on njsta.com. Club management thanks all shooters for their patience during Friday’s 300 targets at a club with only four traps. Saturday’s singles was led by John D. Melitsky with 198, Sunday’s handicap was won by Franco DiPaolo with 96, and Mark Wade led the doubles with 95. As usual, a great pig roast was held Saturday, thanks to the generosity of the NJCTC.
Just looking over this month’s article, the number of shoots in September is amazing. Our shooters are being drawn from all directions for their disposable income. Choices are being made, and not always to the benefit of the local clubs! Remember, it’s November, so call your local club to see if there are any turkey shoots in your area.
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Hello to everyone, and I hope that all are doing well. The holiday season will soon be upon us, and I hope everyone will have an enjoyable time. If you plan on doing any deer hunting, be careful in the woods.
The Northeastern Grand American is now history, and I hope all who attended had an enjoyable shoot. The weather was not the greatest, with rain at times and cool weather, but the shoot went well.
During the Singles Championship, there were 11 199s. After five rounds of shootoff Brad Heath, Chris Vendel, Clay Floyd, and Harlan Campbell were left. Brad dropped out during the next round and took AAA runnerup. During the next set, Harlan dropped his second target, and Clay missed his last bird, leaving Chris with the championship. Harlan and Clay decided to carry over into the Handicap Championship, and Harlan took the runnerup trophy. Clay was the AAA champion.
In the Doubles Championship, Thomas Murphy III was champ with the lone 99. In the handicap, two 98s were posted, and in shootoff Chris Peters was the champion and James Gillespie runnerup. Campbell took the high-over-all and all-around trophies, and Vendel was AAA champion in both. All trophy winners can be viewed on www.nysata.com and in Trap & Field.
It was announced during the shoot that Samantha Wagner was the sub-junior Grand American Handicap champion with 97 and won the Tom Seitz Memorial Award given by the Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Samantha was also the first female to win this prize. The award was established by friends of the late Mr. Seitz to be given through the Hall of Fame each year as their way of honoring each new champion in his memory. Samantha won was an engraved Seiko watch and $200. Congratulations, Samantha, and excellent shooting.
Not to be outdone, Samantha’s dad, Wally Wagner Jr., also had a 97 in the GAH and took 23-24 third. Good going, Wally!
The Northeastern Grand would not have been successful without the dedication and help of many people. Thanks to all officers and directors of the NYSATA, out-of-state Delegates and Alternates who helped, the cashering staff, kitchen staff, line personnel, scorers and setters, and shooters who lent a hand. As always, thanks to my wife Bonnie and daughter and son-in-law Nikki and Nick for handling the trophies and scoresheet running. A special thanks to ATA Central Handicap Committee member Ray Greb for his valuable help and funny stories. Last but not least, thanks to Evelyn Kazen and ATA Eastern Zone Vice President Wayne Morris and wife Joyce for all of their help and guidance.
I hope everyone has a very happy and safe Thanksgiving day. Good shooting, and I hope to see you all very soon.
Greetings from Ontario, Canada. I am pleased to announce that Ontario has added another club that will be throwing ATA registered targets. We welcome the Windsor SC, which (at the writing of this article) has had its technical inspections approval of the trapfield equipment and layout, which meets all ATA requirements. The paperwork, including their affidavit, is being finalized with the ATA office. Hopefully trapshooters in the Windsor area will be able to shoot at this facility as early as on National Trapshooting Day.
I have been working with a couple of clubs in other areas that have expressed interest in throwing registered clays. Like Windsor, these clubs have had some challenges with meeting shotfall tolerances and are trying to find solutions. Windsor installed a shotfall blanket/curtain that met CFO standards. If you are aware of Ontario clubs that want to throw ATA registered targets but are having compliance issues, have them contact me. I will try to put them in touch with a club that may have found a solution to the very problem they face. There is no sense in re-inventing the wheel.
I have had discussions with several people from both sides of the border in relation to the article Ron Alton and I did pertaining to Canadians wishing to buy guns in the U.S. Ron Calvert from St. Catharines, Ont., for instance, talked to me at the Northeastern Grand and gave me a heads up that even though the ATF has (apparently) relaxed its requirements for sale of firearms to Canadians, there are still problems. He has referred me to a couple of websites that also deal with the issue of firearms sales to Canadians. For a Canadian to lawfully acquire a firearm, there are residency and other requirements for many of the U.S. states. One U.S. (federal) firearm dealer told me that, unknown to him until recently, there is a relatively new U.S. Department of Commerce treaty with its Canadian counterpart that has impacted on his ability to ship firearms into Canada. He has had a high-end shotgun held by Customs for several months while paperwork is being completed and processed. The Department of Commerce argues that the ATF has no jurisdiction in their affairs. In the particular case in question, the firearm was owned by a Canadian, and this U.S. dealer had fixed it and was just trying to return it to its owner. And in New York, one apparently cannot buy a firearm from anyone other than a licensed federal firearm dealer.
Bottom line, there are so many obscure and convoluted laws that vary from state to state that there appears to be no “one size fits all.”
I want to help Canadian firearm owners legally acquire firearms in the U.S. by the most cost-efficient, streamlined process available. I have invited the U.S. dealer I have talked with to consider laying out in detail what he now hopes to do to streamline the process. He wants to make sure his process is successful first, then I expect he will provide practical guidance in navigating this era of complex and often contradictory legalities. Stay tuned.
On the lighter side, I have the good fortune to have a significant other who puts up with all the waiting around at shooting events and meetings and shootoffs. She is eminently patient, but I pay a price. I find myself waiting around while she shops and browses in some of the most boring locations (for a guy). Recently, while I was waiting at a female browsing area, I happened to read a sign that to me resonated with its simplistic message: “A successful man is a man who can make more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is a woman who can find a successful man.”
Have a “successful” fall, everyone.
The 2013 shooting campaign is now complete at the PSSA homegrounds, ending with the Westy Hogans, which was up a little more than 50,000 targets from last year. We thank the shooters who participated in and supported our tournaments during the 2013 season. The dedication of the fine young men and women working at the PSSA is greatly appreciated by the organization. The lead reclamation is well under way at the homegrounds, and upgrades have begun to the lower trapline. The PSSA was again awarded the Mega Target Award from White Flyer during the Grand American.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the tournament dates set for next year: Keystone Open, May 16-18; Colonial Classic, June 7-8; state shoot, June 9-15; Pennsylvania Grand, July 4-6; and the Westy Hogans, Sept. 5-7.
Some noteworthy milestones were recently accomplished. Will Hartlip broke his first ever 100 in singles at Library Sportsman on Aug. 18 during the West Penn League, while Ian Darroch recorded his first ever 200 in singles. Pat Geiser was awarded his Quarter Million Club pin and was also recognized by White Flyer for his accomplishment. Ralph Challingworth shot at and broke his 100,000th handicap target during this year’s Westy Hogans tournament. Ken Darroch did the same during the Cardinal Classic in August. Congratulations!
While visiting Northumberland SA, I was given a tour of the facilities by none other than Neil Mertz. Bay City GC near Erie held their annual Red Lobster Shoot and fish fry in September; the fresh perch was fantastic. John Worner and Bob Symoski relayed plans to replace the existing traphouses with new walk-in houses for easier access.
The four Pennsylvania zone shoots are now completed, and I hope to have some news from club managers to add in an upcoming article. Tyler Nunes was recipient of one of the six Hall of Fame scholarships awarded during the Grand. Joe Recla, who is majoring in criminal justice, has accepted a shooting scholarship from Midland University in Fremont, Neb., and will be shooting under the guise of Bret Erickson, former Olympian and Olympic coach. Joe recently tied for first in trap at the Iowa Storm Invitational.
Just a reminder to PSSA gun clubs that are holding registered tournaments: you as well as the shooters who participate must follow and abide by the rules and regulations set by the ATA on conducting a registered shoot. These rules are clearly stated in the Rulebook. Rulebook and bylaw changes are posted on the PSSA website at pssatrap.org. During the Westy Hogans, several dozen copies were passed out noting the changes, so please share these with your fellow shooters.
On a personal note, last spring I had the pleasure of having a one-on-one shooting clinic with Leo Harrison and dinner with our wives afterwards. It was truly a wonderful experience that I will never forget. Our condolences go out to the Harrison family.
As the colors begin to turn, it’s time to consider an adventure to some of the great fall shoots. I hope all of you have had the chance to attend one or more of these great shoots. Barring bad weather, this is the most comfortable time of the year to shoot.
This is also a good time to work on your equipment for next year. If you have a new shotgun, now is the time to fine-tune it. Many shooters never take the time to pattern their guns. You may be shooting good scores with the target in the top third of the pattern; you might be shooting great scores if the target was centered!
If you intend to have a custom stock built, this is also the best time to do so. In my opinion, doing the job properly takes some trial and error. If you are able to find a stockmaker (such as Ron Neely at Genesis) who will work with you, you will be able to have the stock made slightly oversize, shoot the gun some, adjust the fit, and then finish the stock. It all takes time! The final finish should have at least 30 days to cure.
I encourage all of you to attend your local shoots whenever possible. The small clubs are the backbone of the ATA, and the state organizations and need all the participation they can get.
Some rule changes have been made, and I encourage everyone to go to the ATA website and review the updated Rulebook. One important change for next year is that events in state shoots, up to 1,300 targets, are eligible for All-American points.
Get your gear in order, plan your year now, and have a great holiday season.
Keep your head down.
Each ATA gun club with scheduled 2014 ATA shoots will receive five free memberships to give away to shooters who have never been ATA members. Membership certificates will be sent out beginning in January. AIM parents will continue to have the opportunity to join the ATA for free, if they have never been members. Both membership giveaways are redeemable for one free target year.
Some ATA rule changes that have an impact on squadding have new language, so I will first offer them as the ATA has written them and then offer my interpretation.
“If 18-, 19- or 20-yard shooters are in a squad, it is strongly suggested that there be no more than one-yard difference.”
A squad can have 18- and 19-yard shooters together, and it meets the strongly suggested criteria. A squad can have 18-, 19- and 20-yard shooters on the same squad, and it is strongly suggested to have one yard between them, but you can have a three-yard difference on the squad per ATA rules. I guess a squad makeup scenario could be 18, 19, 20, 19, 18. Other scenarios can also be applied; I just wanted to make a point of how I interpret this rule.
Using the information from the above, I can now apply this to squadding 20-yard shooters. Here is my scenario of the strongly suggested rule, 20, 21, 22, 21, 20. We have the strongly suggested rule and the three-yard difference. I know it’s confusing, but I firmly believe for safety reasons we should not squad more than one-yard difference on the entire squad when squadding 18- to 20-yard shooters.
Another ATA rule change: “. . . from this refund, there is deducted an amount equal to any fines due because of late shoot reports and any unpaid annual memberships due.”
What does this mean to our FTA? If we schedule an ATA shoot, and for some reason it doesn’t happen (weather, attendance, broken traps, construction, etc.), the person in charge needs to notify our FTA secretary-treasurer Scarlett Ehlers and advise her that a shoot cancellation notification needs to be sent in. If one is not sent to the ATA within a certain time period, the ATA will fine the FTA $25. If the annual dues are not collected from an ATA shooter who has entered a registered event, the ATA will levy those outstanding membership dues against the FTA. How are these fines paid? Well, annually the ATA sends money back to each state association, collected from daily fees and annual and life memberships. That becomes added money at our state shoot. From the amount we should receive from the ATA, both the late fee fines and unpaid membership dues are deducted, so in essence, we have less money given back to us for added money at our state shoot.
ATA bylaw changes: only two I think may be of interest to Florida trapshooters: 1) Brazil has been added to the Southern Zone; 2) the Executive Committee shall at no time acquire in any manner any real property, or commit the corporation to acquire any real property, or cause the corporation, where such acquisition of real property or improvement to real property would cost in excess of $50,000, until a recommendation by the Real Property Advisory Committee has been first rendered and a majority of the Board of Directors has approved the proposed acquisition or improvement. This was an increase to the existing cap.
Some shooters have asked where I stand on some ATA issues. Well, first of all I do support what our ATA officers do for our sport. Their intention, from my viewpoint, is that they are always trying to make our sport better. For this I commend them, as making change is hard and accepting that change is often harder. As volunteers, they get into some very diverse situations. So for them I can only relate a saying that I have heard that may relate to our association. “How do you eat an elephant? Piece by piece!” With that said, here is where I am: this is a big leap of faith on my part, but I have asked to share with you the FTA. At the Grand American, I see no reason to shoot new shells for handicap events if we do not have a large sum of added money—$500K plus. Shells are too hard to come by, and even reloading can be a supply problem.
The next item is the veteran category. It is for four short years, age 65 to 69. The sub-vet category, 55 to 64, has been well received and is very populated at most big shoots. At shoots I have been involved in, it is the largest category. AARP statistics tell us that 5,000 to 6,000 United States adults are turning 65 each day. Given that, I would like to see a change in the veteran category from 65 to 74. From 75 on would then become the senior veteran category. That should close the discussion on a possible super senior veteran group.
I have a keen interest in telephonic shoots and would like to see them take hold in Florida for a few tournaments each year. Our state is just too big, and traveling from end to end takes our Florida shooters through two time zones. Telephonic is a way of getting more trapshooters to the line.
I have one more pet peeve: the word “penalty” that is used in our ATA rules is a demeaning word. I encourage that the term be changed to something less intimidating, such as “assigned yardage.” Why? My answer is that many new shooters want to know what they did wrong to be penalized. (I guess it’s just too much like football.)
Now for some local news: Robinson Ranch will be hosting the FTA Fall Championship Shoot Nov. 9-11. Tom Haynes does a splendid job managing the shoots he offers throughout the year. For you RVers, camping is available right down by the river, and for those needing hotels or other lodging, you have your pick by traveling either east or west. The FTA, under the leadership of Joe Loitz, needs as many gun club directors present at this FTA meeting as possible. A presentation will be made concerning a telephonic Chain shoot for 2014. Some FTA bylaws changes that were discussed at the last FTA meeting will be presented again. Robinson Ranch will have another well-prepared meal to share with shooters. A lot is happening with the FTA, so attend the meeting and become informed.
Shoot cards have been delivered to each club in the state. Some of our Florida shooters have had an opportunity to get some out to other states that have trapshooters come down and visit with us during the winter. So I believe we have good coverage. Registered shooting should start to come out of its summertime slowdown. I was glad to see that some of our Florida clubs continued with their Big 50 programs. Here are some important dates to jot down if you haven’t had an opportunity to get a shoot card: Jan. 18-19, Florida Hall of Fame Shoot; Jan. 20-26, Dixie Grand; March 17-23, Southern Grand; and March 25-30, Florida State Shoot. We don’t have any Chain shoots scheduled this year but hope to have some information out after the fall FTA meeting.
Congratulations to Laura Brazell for obtaining her 25K singles attainment pin Sept. 22. Laura is from the panhandle and made her achievement at a club in Alabama.
[Due to e-mail problems, the following was inadvertently left out of the September issue—Ed.]
I have written about two new state-funded clubs that will be entering construction stages shortly. The first is near West Palm, and I have been advised that the other site selected is in St. Cloud (Seminole County). I will keep you informed on both as I receive more information.
Big 50 shoots are still going strong at many clubs. Check out Flagler, Volusia Co., Silver Dollar, Robinson Ranch and Sarasota. I have been advised that they are all having regular turnouts shooting 50 singles, 50 handicap and 25 pair of doubles targets. Other clubs are still having monthly shoots, so check their schedule on the new FTA shoot cards.
I have been asked to repeat an announcement (if that’s the proper word) that clubs in Florida involved with hosting Chain shoots will not be hosting them this season. Many reasons came out during the FTA meeting in Gator, so if you want to know more about how this came about, please ask your club’s FTA director. These clubs indicated that they will be offering weekend shoots during that time period, either one or two days. Check the new FTA shoot cards for dates.
At this year’s Grand our Southern Zone VP Terry Roush rotated into the ATA President position. If you happen to see Terry, by all means wish him well in his new position. I had an opportunity to speak with ATA Treasurer Tom Burkey. Burkey, who has helped keep the ATA financially sound for over 20 years and is a great person and volunteer for our sport, as is our secretary/legal counsel Hunter Galloway III. I asked him if the ATA had any pressing legal issues now or on the horizon. Thankfully, legal issues have been very quiet. If you have an opportunity to see these or any EC members, just introduce yourself and chat with them awhile. They are all trapshooters and enjoy this sport as much as you do. They are concerned with issues facing the sport, and I have always found them to be open to new thoughts or processes.
Please contact me with any news or information that you would like to share with Florida trapshooters at Larryg04@att.net or 321-427-6553.
As you read this, I will probably have turned over the Mississippi ATA Delegate duties to Larry Rickman. Larry is our First Alternate Delegate and has spent several years as ATA Delegate in the past. He will serve until the next state shoot when elections are held.
For personal reasons, I am relocating to Seymour, Ind. I will transfer my Madison, Miss., work office to a home office in Indiana. I will have houses in both states for a short while, and I am not sure when I will formally change residence status.
I appreciate my support from all the trapshooters in Mississippi and from our area. While I was president at the Capitol GC, the club has benefited by the support of many people from our adjoining states. I especially appreciate Jerry Tharp and Will McCarty, as they have given me extraordinary support by the MTA and at Capitol GC. I hope you all will compete at the gun clubs of Mississippi in the future.
The 2013 North Carolina Trapshooting Hall of Fame Shoot was a really good shoot, but attendance was down some from last year. Overall the weather was great, with cool evenings and mostly sunny, mild days. Shooters traveled from New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia to shoot with us. The members of the Old Hickory R&PC provided another excellent complimentary pork barbecue dinner for all shooters on Friday night.
The HOF banquet on Saturday night was great, as usual. As previously announced, Jeri Wilson and Bob Keever were our very deserving inductees. Many family members and friends were present for the ceremonies. If you don’t typically attend the banquet, you are missing a great evening.
The winner of this year’s NCTHOF resident all-around award was Dan Johnson. Virginia shooter Bob Goodman won the open all-around award. Congratulations to Randy Jones, who broke his 75,000th doubles target on Sunday. I was pleased to present Gary Olson an ATA pin for breaking his first 200 straight.
Please get out and register some targets and support our Tarheel clubs this fall and winter. 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. I can be reached at email@example.com or 336-674-8655.
I am writing this on the second day of fall. It’s absolutely beautiful weather here. I hope it lasts for the N.C. and S.C. Hall of Fame shoots. We leave the end of this week for the North Carolina Hall of Fame Shoot; I hope there will be a bunch of South Carolina shooters’ names to put in next month’s column. Two weeks after that we’ll be in Partridge Creek for our South Carolina Hall of Fame Shoot; hope to see you.
Spartanburg GC held their two-day Budweiser Shoot—good weather and a lot of good shooting. Thanks, Ron, Kevin, Jan, Tammi and all; good job. Randy Knight and Neil Alexander ran the 16s both days. Doug Stenbach had a 97 in ’caps on Sunday, and Kevin Stevens shot a 99 in doubles.
Local clubs are back in full swing with their monthly shoots now that the Grand is behind us. Get out and shoot; this is the best weather we’ll have all year.
I know this is late, but kudos go to Greenville, Mid Carolina and Partridge Creek gun clubs for paying the entry fees for our youth shooters at our state shoot.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Tennessee’s deer season opening in early November and our duck season starting near the end of the month, this time of year many of us trade our trapguns for either a rifle or magnum shotgun.
It is a good time to reflect on a few of the positive events of the year. Our state shoot enjoyed six days of perfect weather, and our attendance was up 15%; this just so happened to be the largest increase of any state. Our AIM membership is up this year, and we’re still the largest in the nation. Oak Ridge GC is back hosting monthly registered shoots for the first time in several years. In west Tennessee, Carroll Co. SSP is open daily and scheduled to start hosting registered shoots soon.
Four shooters had major accomplishments for the year: Chandler Brown broke 97 in handicap for a first-time move to the 27-yard line at the Kentucky State Shoot in July. Winston Beesinger broke his first 100 straight in singles at the Grand. Katlyn Webb broke her first 100 straight in singles at Southgate GC in July. Amy Dement broke 97 in handicap for a first-time move to the 27-yard line while attending the Heartland Grand. Congratulations to these shooters.
Bob Pierce has updated our website www.shootatatn.com with many new pictures and articles about Nashville GC, Memphis GC, past winners and newspaper clippings from as far back as the 1880s. The “Will Morrison’s Scrapbook” section contains lots of information from the 1950s and 1960s.
The 2014 Tennessee State Shoot will be June 12-15 at the Tennessee CTC in Nashville. Check out our website at Shootatatn.com for more info.
For questions or further information, contact me at BCook27@Bellsouth.net or 731-217-9957.
We just completed the Colorado state zone shoot at the Pikes Peak GC, and it was a very successful event. In the zone team event, the metro zone was the winner; the team consisted of captain Alex Ragulsky, Darrel Farr, Duane Nicholson, Bruce Delagerheim and Jonathan Holsopple. The southern team was second, third was eastern, and fourth was the northern team. Ladies’ winner was Diane Dible of the metro zone; junior winner was Zach Zion, northern; and veteran winner was Jim Wilson, southern.
During the shoot, the board of directors awarded the state shoot to Pikes Peak GC. The club is in the process of expanding the line from nine traps to 14.
I am very proud of our Colorado gun clubs and shooters; they should also be proud, as Colorado donated to the Oklahoma Trapshooting Association a total of $6,688 to assist in rebuilding their club.
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.
The Belen SSA held their Hank Copsey Memorial Annual Shoot the weekend after Labor Day. Weather was as expected in September in New Mexico, and scores were a testimony as to why September has the best weather to host a trapshoot. Winners included Dennis Martinez, Mike Chase and Bill Thompson, who won the Doubles Championship and took home the championship handicap buckle that was donated for the top prize of the weekend by Jim Copsey, son of the late Hank Copsey.
And then the rain came. It rained and gave some relief from our three-year drought, it rained some more and the ground was saturated, it rained more and we had statewide flooding, and it was still raining statewide by the time the next weekend came and the San Juan WF in Farmington was ready to host their annual shoot. Rains continued statewide with one area of exception: Farmington. Saturday morning shooters were greeted with scattered clouds and a warm sunny day, and it pretty much stayed that way for the rest of the weekend. As always, club members and their wives were gracious hosts and made sure everyone had a great time. Some of the winners were Davin Leboeuf, Dennis Martinez, Dyllon Drake, Mike Santonastaso, Mike and Kim Grady, and Taw Trobaugh, who shot his first 100 straight in Saturday’s singles. Monday it started raining again.
The following weekend, everyone headed to Silver City for the Southwestern Shotgunners TC’s 19th annual Dick Walter Shoot and the fall meeting of the New Mexico State Trapshooting Association. This was the first time the club had a three-day annual shoot, and because of its success and near-record turnout, next year’s is already on the schedule as a three-day tournament. Winners included Cory Dalton, Mike Grady, Dennis Martinez, Glenn Osterhout and Jerry Green.
The NMSTA held its fall meeting after Saturday’s events. Jessica Fisher, with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, gave a presentation regarding the availability of funds to promote youth shooting sports in New Mexico. Significant funding is available to qualifying local clubs for repairs to existing equipment and facilities, adding new facilities, and supplying ammunition for the youth program. If any New Mexico clubs are interested, they can contact Jessica at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org to get more specifics on qualifying for funding of an existing or new youth shooting program.
Dave Shutz from the NRA Whittington Center gave a presentation about how the club is promoting the shooting sports at the high school level. Dave is working on developing a statewide program that would consist of local high school shoots, a high school state shoot, and the ability to “letter” in the shooting sports. A significant number of states in this country have high school shooting programs, and it is great to see someone making an effort to bring that to New Mexico.
Now down to the business meeting. As with most states, an ongoing concern for the NMSTA is financial stability. Splitting any target fee increases at the state shoot with the NMSTA to increase financial stability of the NMSTA was discussed, voted on and failed. There was discussion regarding raising the daily fees to $4, but that will need to be voted on at the next meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for January at Albuquerque TC. A bylaws change to make orange dome targets mandatory at all state shoots was discussed, voted on and passed. This will impact the Alamogordo TC, as they have thrown all black targets for the last 40 years. Modifying the date of the state shoot so as to have it in early June when a southern New Mexico club is hosting the shoot and late June when a northern club is hosting the shoot was discussed but not voted on. Other discussions without a vote included changing the NMSTA bylaws to allow a club to host both the state shoot and the Southwestern Zone Shoot in the same year. The requirement that the target-setting committee for the state shoot change from the host club officials to NMSTA officials who are appointed by the NMSTA president was discussed, voted on and passed. Due to poor attendance and historically being a financial loss, the Grande Shoot that is usually held statewide in October has been discontinued.
Bill Thompson discussed the tax situation that was recently discovered. I discussed addressing this issue in this column with Bill, and we both agreed that the members of our trapshooting community and contributors to our sport in New Mexico have the right to know what the situation is and how it is being handled. I will outline the sequence of events as we know them and as Bill explained them in the meeting.
The NMSTA has been a non-profit corporation for many years. Small non-profit corporations were not required to file income tax returns if their gross sales were below a set amount. In 2007 the IRS changed their policy. As of 2007 all non-profits had to file a return, regardless of their sales volume. I guess the NMSTA didn’t get the memo, and the association did not start filing returns. Since the IRS did not hear from the NMSTA, they dropped their non-profit status. The bottom line is it does not appear that the NMSTA has filed a tax return since before 2007. Since the NMSTA lost its non-profit status, the association is also required to file a state return with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. With failure to file penalties and legal fees, this could potentially be devastating to our organization. The officers and directors of the NMSTA are committed to resolving this and regaining its “good standing” status with all levels of government. The NMSTA has retained a CPA to address the existing status with any and all levels of government involved and as a group are committed to doing whatever is necessary to completely resolve this as soon as possible. I cannot predict what the government agencies’ attitudes will be, but the NMSTA is proceeding with going to all levels of government involved and being honest and forthcoming with any information needed to completely resolve this matter. As a trapshooting community, we as a group must band together and do whatever is needed to resolve this and return the NMSTA to financial solvency and good standing with all levels of government. As I get information, I will most certainly pass it along. This will be resolved, and the NMSTA will be an even better organization as a result. One last thing, this is not a pointing finger at the guy who got us into this situation. Exactly how we got here is not important; every past officer of the NMSTA has worked tirelessly and sacrificed in so many ways to keep trapshooting alive in New Mexico. Things like this are commonplace with any volunteer organization. Oversights and mistakes happen, and we will resolve this and move on.
With the exception of Roswell’s one-day annual shoot and Alamogordo’s marathon targets at the beginning of November, trapshooting in the year 2013 in New Mexico is drawing to a close.
As always, you can reach me at email@example.com or evenings at 505-299-7842. We are not home a lot, so if we don’t answer, please leave a message.
Registered shoots for September had good weather and good turnouts. Some Okies went to Iowa Park, Texas, for the Sept. 22 shoot. Monty Tolleson broke 100 in doubles, Pat Stacey broke 100 in singles, and Mike Grove broke 97 in handicap.
Our rebuilding efforts are still under way, with good progress being made. The concrete slab has been cleared to make room for the new building. Electricity has been restored to the grounds. Work has started on the repair of traphouses and skeet houses. The new metal clubhouse building was ordered once the design and floor plan had been decided on. A new pavilion has been built with a generous donation from Marie Ketchum. Tim Deister is busy reinstalling and refurbishing all the gun racks, including those that were pulled out of the ground by the tornado.
Shawnee Twin Lakes TC has spent the last few months hosting OTA’s registered shoots. A special thanks to George and the gang for the good job.
November is the start of the non-registered derbies at Shawnee on the first and third Sundays monthly. This would be a good time to bring a friend to try trapshooting.
Once again, a heartfelt thanks for the donations to rebuild the OTA SP. A special thanks to the ATA for the 2013 Gun Club Grant that was given to the OTA.
Please remember our military men and women.
Charles Leading Fox
The first thing I need to do is apologize to the shooters of Texas. I have missed a couple of deadlines for my column in Trap & Field. I was going to think up some elaborate reason, but the simple truth is I forgot. Please forgive me. I will try to do better.
The shooting seaon here in the Panhandle will be winding down by the time you read this. Please remember our south Texas clubs that will have very pleasant weather for winter shooting. There are several clubs there and lots and lots of good people.
I know it’s a little late, but I would like to congratulate Stacie Banack and Kelly Watkins. Stacie shot her first hundred straight at the Southwestern Zone. She was competing at the Ft. Worth T&SC. Kelly shot his first 200 straight at the Palmer GC in Post. My hat is off to both of you.
All you gun clubs, please remember the new rule regarding squadding of 18-, 19- and 20-yard shooters. The new rule says that when squadding these yardages, it is strongly suggested that there be no more than one yard difference between adjacent shooters and no more than two yards difference on the squad. My suggestion would be to use the one-yard/two-yard rule when squadding 20-yard shooters with 18- and 19-yard shooters, and when squadding 20-yard shooters with longer yardages, use the two-yard/three-yard rule we have had for years. Whatever a club decides to do is fine, but I would post it to save many arguments for the squadders.
Read the Rulebook. Treat the trap help with respect, and enjoy the sport we love so much.
I hope everyone has a blessed and safe turkey day. Please remember our troops who won’t be home with their families for the holidays as they serve in harm’s way protecting our freedom. God bless them.
If you have news, please send it to Princess or me. Most of you have my cell phone number, but if you don’t, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get it to you.
Til next time, y’all shoot well, y’all shoot often, and y’all have a great time.
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