Around the ATA

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Florida

Greetings, shooters! The month of March, in my opinion, is our most exciting of the year due to the volume of shooting available. The Silver Dollar SC will be hosting a trio of shoots that are sure to challenge even the most skilled of us. To warm everyone up, on March 5-7 they are holding the Bill Jacobsen Memorial, which has $16,000 in added money up for grabs. Then March 9-15 the 40th annual Southern Grand American will take place. Just a reminder that pre-squadding is available at presquad.com for all events for the Southern Grand. Finally, we will close out the month with the Florida State Shoot March 17-22, which has increased added money for non-residents compared to years past. I hope to see everyone there!

As well as the shoots mentioned above, our other great gun clubs are hosting registered shoots throughout the month. If you are traveling about the state, do yourself a favor and check them out. I promise you will have a great time.

Please see me to purchase your ATA Gun Club Fund Raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful Kolar Prestige Trap LP Combo.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at trh.trap@gmail.com. Until then, shoot straight!

Thomas Harrington

ATA Delegate

South Carolina

I have to open the report to correct an error I reported about our state shoot. I incorrectly said that Friday would be reduced to 200 targets. Wrong; Friday will stay at 300 targets. Please note that the doubles event will be our championship doubles. This means that we will shoot only one event on Sunday; that will be our championship handicap. This will allow long-distance travelers a chance to get on the road early.

As this is written, we have yet another rainy weather pattern. I know it’s much better than snow. This hasn’t been all bad; we have a large lake here that is controlled by the Corps of Engineers. The lake was drawn down by four-and-a-half feet, mostly to generate power. The rains have the lake back up to full pool. A number of monthly and Big 50 shoots have been canceled. So now is the time to look forward and plan for milder-weather shoots. The Southern Grand in Florida is just around the corner, then Georgia, followed by our shoot in May. I hope to see you here. Shoot often and shoot well.

Jim Faber

ATA Delegate

Tennessee

Let’s head south this month, hopefully to some warmer weather. The 40th Southern Grand is March 9-15, followed by the Florida State Shoot March 17-22. Both are hosted by the Silver Dollar SC in Odessa, FL.

Some local clubs start their monthly shoots in March: Big Springs at Christiana, March 7; Highland Rim at Tullahoma, March 14; Morristown, March 14; Cherokee R&GC at Kingsport, March 21; TCTC at Nashville, March 21; and Memphis SSA at Brunswick, March 29.

It is never too early to discuss the 2020 state shoot. The TN AIM State Shoot will be June 16-17, followed by the TN State Shoot June 18-21. The state shoot will be held at the TN CTC in Nashville. I understand that this year we are adding AAA class in singles and doubles. To reserve your RV spot for the state shoot, e-mail info@nashvillegunclub.com or call 615-742-5297.

The 2020 ATA Rulebook is now available online. So read the new rulebook, please.

For more info, check out our new website at shootatatn.com. You can reach me at 731-217-9957 or bcook@shootata.com.

Billy Cook

ATA Southern Zone Vice President

Arkansas

I would like to thank all the volunteers who put in countless hours at gun clubs around the state so that the shooters have a good experience. Many times they are the backbone of the shoot, and it can be a thankless job. I would also like to thank parents, grandparents and extended family members for supporting your young and upcoming trapshooters. For the new shooters, if you have any questions about AIM or ATA rules, you may contact me or check out the ATA website. I say this a lot, but “it is the shooter’s responsibility to know the rules.”

We have been blessed in Arkansas with several gun clubs. I am happy to announce that we have certified the fields at SAU in Magnolia. They are in the process of building a collegiate shooting team, and we wish them the best of luck.

The ASTF board of directors is busy planning the Arkansas State Shoot. Be sure to check out the ATA website and this issue’s Shoot Directory for dates.

As the weather is changing, I look forward to seeing familiar faces out on the field. Until next time, good luck and good shooting.

Amos 5:24—But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

I can be reached at robbypennock@gmail.com. God bless.

Robby Pennock

ATA Delegate

Colorado

Eagle Feathers, or
Young Texas Ranger

A teenage Indian boy was busy digging a shallow pit in the hard, rocky dirt at the bottom of a high mountain valley. The boy had been digging for some time using a stone axe for a pick and the front shoulder blade of an elk as a shovel. Setting down the axe, the boy once again looked carefully around, for he was unable to shake the feeling that someone or something was watching him. Seeing nothing, the boy picked up his axe and continued to dig. When he thought the pit was deep and long enough, he lay down in it to check its fit. After digging out a few more rocks, he was satisfied. Placing his bow and arrows across his back, he headed out to find the branches of sage he would need to cover the pit. He also needed a freshly killed rabbit, so he figured he would hunt for one while he looked for the branches he needed to cover his eagle pit.

The boy had dug his eagle capture pit, just as he had seen his grandfather and father dig theirs. He was on a quest to become a man. To do this, he must acquire two tail and two flight feathers from the golden and bald eagles. He must do the same with the red-tailed hawk and the great horned owl. He must do all this without doing any harm to the birds. Dropping the sage branches along with a dead rabbit at the base of the pit, the boy looked up quickly, as he was once again overcome by the feeling of being watched.

The next day he awoke to find that the rabbit he had killed the day before was missing. The boy first thought maybe a coyote or bobcat had taken the rabbit from the bush where he had left it, but when he checked around the bush for tracks, he found only small boot prints left by a white man. Judging from the size of the prints, he figured the rabbit thief must be a boy about his own age, or maybe a girl.

Following the tracks was not hard, for no attempt had been made to cover them. He soon found a white boy unconscious lying in some dried leaves, where he had made a feeble attempt to build a fire. Returning to his camp carrying the white boy, the Indian boy started trying to revive him with small amounts of water and a mixture of dried meat, fat and berries called pemmican.

Upon waking, the white boy was unsure where he was, so he lay still and pretended he was still unconscious. The next time the Indian boy checked on him, he found him awake but very weak. Handing the white boy his water bag, the Indian boy, using sign language, asked him his name. At first the boy didn’t understand, but when he figured it out, he pointed to himself then said, my name is Todd White. Todd, realizing the Indian didn’t understand, just kept pointing to himself and repeating his name. Finally the Indian boy made a sound that sounded something like Todd. Todd had learned some Indian sign language from the scout of the wagon train he had been traveling with.

Todd made the sign for name and pointed at the Indian boy. He understood almost at once and made the sign of the wolf, then held up one hand with a small gap between his thumb and forefinger, which Todd knew was the sign for little or small. Todd said, “Little Wolf,” then pointed at the other boy. The Indian smiled and said, as best as he could, “Little Wolf.”

So Little Wolf and Todd White started a friendship that would last a lifetime. The two spent the summer hunting and fishing. Todd also helped Little Wolf gather the feathers he would need to become a man in the eyes of his people. When not gathering feathers, Little Wolf would help his new friend learn to make and shoot a bow and arrow. Todd learned quickly and was soon almost as good as Little Wolf. As soon as Todd had regained his strength, he spent his time hunting, while Little Wolf lay in a pit under a cover of sagebrush branches. Little Wolf would hide in the pit for hours on end, waiting for an eagle to try to snatch the rabbit, which Little Wolf was using as bait. When the eagle tried to take the rabbit, Little Wolf’s plan was to reach through the branches and grab the eagle by its legs, preventing it from flying off. As soon as he had removed the needed feathers, the bird would be released unharmed.

Todd knew that the wagon train he had been lost from was long gone. He knew his father, along with the rest of the men from the wagon train, would have no way of knowing if he had been taken by Indians or had just gotten lost. They would have spent many days searching for him. He also knew that in the end, as bad as they hated to, they would have had to move on. They would have to assume he was dead. He knew his mother and father, along with his two brothers and one sister, would be very sad. He knew they had no way of knowing he was being cared for by the very people they feared may have harmed him.—to be continued

I got an e-mail from Bob Semsack listing the 2019 state team results for this year. Congratulations to all for a job well done.

Men’s—Scott Obenchain, Steve DeGesualdo, Joe Ramos, Gregory Kayl, Scott Wall, Peter Grimson, Charles Costello, Clinton Phipps, Brian Church, Kelly Stout. Lady I—Jennifer Cartmell. Lady II—Kathleen Starr, Diane Dible, Lori Linderman, Dolores Semsack, Ann Willoughby. Sub-junior—Gage Ramos, Tate Kerchal, Cody Wasserburger. Junior—Kaden Westfall, Brandy Henrickson, Rafe Ramos. Sub-vet—Mike Wasserburger, Paul Dible, Bret Renck, Terry Findley, Bob Semsack. Veteran—Mel Hensley, Glen Zimmerman, Raymond Knox, Jeffery West. Senior vet—Cliff Haycock, Brad Wellington, Jim Moyer, Rick Olson, Delbert Behring.

Last but not least, Colorado Rookie of the Year is Nicholas King.

Be sure to congratulate these top Colorado shooters next time you see them.

Ruby Darling leaves you with this: Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.—Truman Capote

Irv Effinger

ATA Delegate

New Mexico

I hope everyone had a great New Year’s. The shooting year will be in full swing by the time you read this. Hobbs will shoot March 6-8, and Alamogordo March 20-22. The NM State Shoot will be May 19-24 at the NRA Whittington Center. I hope to see y’all there. I hope to see you down the road shooting and often.

Bob Leibel

ATA Delegate

Oklahoma

OTSA’s Dec. 29 club shoot had cold weather and strong winds. Twenty-one shooters still competed. In the singles Nathan Lemke’s 49 was high, with Kya Funkhouser and Justin Cavett’s 48s next. In the handicap Nathan’s 44 won first place, Tim Mount’s 40 won second, and George Wise, Lyndon Shumaker and Colt Quisenberry tied with 39s for third. In the combined scores, Nathan’s 93 won champion, and Lyndon won runnerup with 85.

Randy Farmer won Ada’s Dec. 24 shoot with 49. Zoe Traylor won the Dec. 31 shoot by breaking the high score in both singles and handicap, taking both rows of quarters. She also broke the only red bird of all squads. Lowell had to cancel the June 13-14 shoot due to a conflict with other shoots. Mark these Ada dates off your shoot cards.

The first shoot of the new year was held on the first day of the new year at the Shawnee Twin Lakes TR. The New Year’s Day Shoot had warm weather, 58º, but also had strong south winds. Attendance was good, with six squads competing. Mike Grove’s 47 led the singles, with Gary Bristol’s and Kenyon Bert’s 46s next. George Wise’s 45 won first place in the handicap. Chance Fleming won second place with 44, and third place with 43s went to Ron Freeman and Micah Carnel. Chance won the doubles with 46, and Mike Grove was next with 44. Shawnee decided to try some Saturday dates for their derby shoots in January and February this year. It turned out to be a good decision for their Jan. 4 shoot. It was warm, with a light south wind. Sunday it would have been colder with a strong north wind. Brian Stoa’s 49 led the singles, and Bennie Livingston’s 48 was next. George Wise, Mike Grove and Bennie all broke 45s for first place in the handicap. Terry Sims’ 42 won second place, and third with 38s were Ron Freeman, Tim Mount, Larry Higgs and Brian Stoa. Grove’s 44 won the doubles, and with 43s were Mount and Stoa. Tim Mount said the second annual Don Mount Memorial will be held at Shawnee Twin Lakes TR on May 3 this year. He said shooters will be shooting for cash prizes in all classes and yardages.

Ada’s Jan. 7 shoot had three shooters break 44s for the high score: Zoe Traylor, Austin Palmer and Mark Medlock. Joe Anglin broke the only 25.

Only eight shooters showed up to brave the 40-mph winds and cold temps for OTSA’s Jan. 12 derby. Since they couldn’t use classes and yardages with so few shooters, it was decided to just pay the top three places in each event. In the singles Brian Northup’s 48 won first place, Brayden Bliss won second with 47, and tied for third were Bennie Livingston and Nathan Lemke. Bennie won first place in the handicap with 48, Brian won second with 44, and Brayden was third with 42. Brayden was first in the doubles with 43, Nathan won second with 41, and Brian Stoa was third with 39.

Ada’s Jan. 14 shoot was won by Creede Booth. He also broke the high score in the singles and handicap, winning both rows of quarters.

Shawnee had a cold day with north winds blowing 30 mph for their Jan. 18 derby shoot. Only nine shooters braved these conditions, and the rest of us stayed in by the fire. George Wise won the singles with 44. Tim Mount won the handicap with 36 and the doubles with 32.

Randy Farmer won Ada’s Jan. 21 shoot in cold windy conditions.

In a new ATA brochure “Donation Shows Appreciation,” I recognized three of our young shooters in a picture inside. In the lower right corner are Josh Stacey, Jacob Diller and Brayden Bliss standing together on the Grand grounds.

The first Hull Pickers Trap Shoot will be April 26 at the Ada S&TC. It will feature special Ada Hull Pickers belt buckles for the singles, handicap, HOA and HOA youth champions. There will also be over $300 in door prizes to be given away after the shoot. The shoot will feature 50 singles and 50 handicap targets. Registration will start at 11 a.m., and the shoot will begin at noon. Put this shoot on your calendar.

In the 2019 target year, Oklahoma had 259 shooters, 27 female and 232 male. There were five new females and 37 new male shooters. As I broke down the numbers, it was interesting to note that only 45 were open shooters, and 214 were category shooters. Two of the largest categories were sub-vet (45) and senior vet (47), accounting for 92, almost half, of the categories.

The Oklahoma state trap team has been selected, according to the specifications set forth.

Men’s—Pat Stacey, Nathan Lemke, Jeff Trayer, David Bacon II, Kevin Nanke. Lady I—Shelby Skaggs, Vickie Farmer, Abagail Colton, Paula Trayer. Lady II—Rose Shaffer, Mikie Hooper. Sub-junior—Breegan Barnett, Jacob Diller, Kya Funkhouser, Christopher Diller, Kenyon Bert. Junior—Colt Quisenberry, Klayton McGee, Clay Laughlin, Josh Stacey, Zachary Piancino. Junior gold—Corbin Grybowski, Josh Casteel, Clay Galbreath, Samuel Arrington, Justin Cavett. Sub-vet—Ron Bliss, Mike Grove, Brian Northup, Tex Hollis, Dennis Patrick. Veteran—Robert Rimer, Bill Dean, Stan Crawford, Terry Piguet. Senior vet—Gary Nichols, Jon Guy, Verlin (Doc) Koper, William Dayton, Joe Anglin.

Our female Rookie of the Year is Megan McElhaney, and male Rookie of the Year is Kenyon Bert. Also during the 2019 target year, four Oklahoma shooters became Mega Target Members of the 20K club. Those shooting over 20,000 targets were Justin Cavett, 35,350; Dennis Patrick, 23,500; Kya Funkhouser, 25,250; and Ron Bliss, 23,125. This was the second time for Ron. Combined, these four shooters shot 107,225 targets.

Congratulations to all these Oklahoma shooters.

Tim Deister

ATA Delegate

Texas

By the time you read this, I will have made my first trip to the Tucson T&SC. I have heard lots of good things about the club. I have also heard that the weather be a little unpredictable.

March is kind of the kickoff of the shooting season. Even the Panhandle can have some nice days then. I hope everyone’s shooting season gets off with a bang (pun intended).

I hope everyone is making plans to attend the Southwestern Grand at the National SC in San Antonio. The dates are April 14-19. I know there have been comments made about targets and other things there in the past. I just want you to know that NSC has dedicated themselves to turning things around. They have done extensive work on their trap machines and have promised to set great targets. I think everyone needs to give them a chance to prove that to you. The shooters of Texas really need to get to San Antonio and support this shoot; Texas can ill afford to lose it. All NSC is asking is give them a chance to prove how hard they have been working to make this a great shoot.

On the way to the Southwestern Grand, make your plans to stop at the Ft. Worth T&SC. They will be holding the third annual Cowtown-Pre Southwestern Grand Shoot. On April 10 they will have 200 doubles and 200 handicap targets. Then on April 11 they will throw 200 singles. On April 12 they will have 100 doubles and 100 handicap. Belt buckles will be given on Saturday and Sunday. Watch for their ad in this and the April editions of Trap & Field. Pre-squadding is open now and is absolutely free of charge. Make your plans to attend.

I would like to give a shout-out to a man who has registered his 100,000th target. This guy is very quiet and reserved, so I am sure he hasn’t told anyone. He is way too shy and bashful to talk much at all, but I still would like to congratulate Jerry Ulmer. Here’s a special “attaboy” to you, Mr. Ulmer.

I still urge you to read the rulebook (as I always have). It’s your responsibility to know the rules. Someday, sooner or later, not knowing the rules could cost you a target or even a trophy. Also, I am running short on patience with people not having an up-to-date average card. It’s the same 10% all the time. You may take this with a grain of salt if you like, but I think you may be in for a surprise. The ATA has made it very simple for you to have an up-to-date average card. You can print one off the website, and all you have to do is add the shoots that haven’t yet been updated on the website. Simple enough. Please do it.

I ask in every article for people to send me news to include. I would like to thank J. W. Julian for sending me the information on the Cowtown Pre-Southwestern Grand. If you have information, please let Princess or me know, and I’ll do my best to include it. As always, you can reach me at jloconnor47@gmail.com, or 806-679-6889.

Till next time, y’all shoot well, y’all shoot often, and y’all have a great time.

Jerry O’Connor

ATA Delegate

Alberta

A popular event at the Calgary Zoo is the daily Penguin Walk. Each day at 11 a.m., the zoo’s king penguins (or as many of them as are inclined to do so) leave their enclosure, led by one of their keepers toting a bucket of fish. The other keepers perform escort duty, keeping the troop in line. The zoo says, “It stimulates their minds, encourages exercise, and as naturally curious creatures, it offers them a change of scenery and a chance to explore more of their world here at the Calgary Zoo.” Well, guess what? It’s mid January and the Penguin Walk has been canceled for several days now. The reason? Too cold for the penguins to go out.

Too cold for penguins; definitely too cold for trapshooters. “How cold,” you ask? The mid -30oC range, with windchill taking the felt temperature down to -40oC and below. How cold is that in “real” temperature? The Fahrenheit and Celsius scales converge at -40, so -40oC is -40oF. So the shotguns here have been silenced and, with apologies to the Mamas and the Papas, those of us left in Alberta are “Arizona Dreaming” while our friends fortunate enough to be wintering in the Sonoran Desert are piling up the targets.

In January I reported that the shootalberta.com website was under construction. It is now up and running, and content is still being added. Keep an eye on this resource. If you want to be included in the e-mail list that we are compiling, remember to send me an e-mail. Put “APTA e-mail list” in the subject line of the message and send it to me at abdelegatejim@gmail.com.

Jim Thomson

ATA Delegate

Arizona

The Hall of Fame Classic: There is a detailed report in the Gun Club Scores section this issue, but let’s touch on some of the highlights. This was actually a two-part shoot; the first three days were part of the Arizona Chain, and our ninth annual Hall of Fame Classic was Saturday and Sunday. We had a great turnout of 181 shooters from 31 states and provinces. Weather was super for Saturday’s Singles Championship, but Sunday was a different story. Anyone who shot the doubles and during the early part of the handicap gets a gold star. There was a motion put forth that they should get a 10-bird bonus, but the ATA rules prevailed (outdoor sport and all that). Around 1 p.m. it was as if a switch had been thrown, and it became beautiful. Usually Arizona weather is great, but every once in a while you’ll see all four seasons crammed into one day. Cherel McCracken and the gang did a great job keeping things organized, and that augurs well for the state shoot. Our own Dan Forbes tied for high gun in the singles with a sparkling 199, while Gerald Meyer was right behind at 198. Jim Copsey was high in the doubles, getting a remarkable 94, considering the conditions.

The main attraction, however, was Gerry and Kristi Williams. They both gave most gracious acceptance speeches during their induction. The list of their shooting accomplishments went on and on, exceeded only by their contributions to our sport. It was a good day when the Williamses moved to Arizona 10 years ago. Now let’s just get Kristi off the golf course and back to the trapfields where she belongs. And how about a shout-out to Hall of Fame members Betty Sackett and Tim Robb. Their introduction could have made Comedy Central. Good job!

Around the state: I would like to give a word of thanks to our winter visitors. Most are on their way back home, with snow shovels in hand ready to dig out. To say that they are an important part of Arizona trapshooting would be a vast understatement. They are fixtures at both our smaller and large shoots in the winter and early spring. The Autumn and Spring Grands would not be the same without them. These are not just shooters heading home, but our friends taking leave for a while.

Casa Grande held their Kick Cabin Fever Shoot Jan. 8-12 and had a nice turnout. Our aforementioned winter friends kicked Arizona’s butt pretty badly. Dusty McWilliams did his best to hold up our end in the opening singles, winning B with 97, then Fred Frazier and John Owenby did their part at mid- and short-yardage in the ’caps. Fred came through once more, taking senior veteran in the day’s doubles. Thursday was also slim pickings for our guys and gals; Wayne Thompson was senior vet winner in the doubles, and Ken Mlynarz topped AA in the singles. Friday saw three new Arizona names in the winner’s circle. Randy Stiarwalt was the high short-yardage shooter, Jim Dremler beat all other vets in the handicap, and George Miller burst back on the scene in the doubles. Things got a little better on Saturday. Robert Will Pike, one of our fine young shooters, won A class in both the singles and doubles, and Stiarwalt took B in singles. Rosie Kingery was high lady, and Gary Leiser prevailed in senior vet. Mlynarz was back on top in long-yardage in the ’caps, and Jesse Zamora won veteran. Sunday featured Dan Forbes and Kaitlin Quan, with Ronnie Oakley thrown in. Dan got things off to a flying start with 100 in the singles, and Ronnie took Class D. Kaitlin then beat back all others in the tough long-yardage group, and both she and Dan triumphed in the closing doubles. Dan took A class, and Kaitlin won B.

Now I know that April is just around the corner, but don’t despair; there is plenty of AZ trapshooting coming up. Tucson goes on March 25-29, Tri-State has a three-day shoot March 27-29, Casa Grande holds a Big 50 March 30 and then has their Cactus Flower Shoot April 2-5. Lake Havasu has Big 50s April 3 and Casa Grande does the same on the sixth. Tri-State goes the Big 50 route April 12, and Casa Grande does the same on the 13th. Rio Salado has a singles marathon, also on the 13th. Ben Avery then has their final shoot for the season April 18-19, and Tucson’s regular monthly registered shoot is April 25-26. April ends at Casa Grande with a Big 50 on the 27th. There should be plenty to keep you busy. See you on the line.

John Bergman

ATA Delegate

Oregon

Trapshooting has been said to be the fastest-growing sport throughout high schools nationwide. I have been shooting trap for seven years and am part of the South Medford High School team and our Southern Oregon AIM team. Our team’s first year, we had around 10 shooters. Now our team is said to have more than 20 shooters for our fall league. We are building more interest and teams in southern Oregon as well. There are two more schools now that have their own shooting teams. State-wide, we have over 30 high school teams, and the numbers just keep growing! We are working on getting these teams involved with ATA and AIM. At the national AIM shoot last year, there were over 2,000 shooters who went and shot, and that’s not including every team or team member. New shooters who join are growing to love the sport and are wanting to start shooting more competitively. In my personal experiences, I go to ATA competitions and am seeing more youth shooters. When I first started out, the only junior competitors would be me and the two to three other shooters I was traveling with. Now when I go, I’m seeing more and more juniors competing. Some I recognize from the high school league, while some aren’t even in high school yet. Trapshooting is giving the youth many opportunities they might not get anywhere else. It not only is a sport that anyone can partake in, but it’s also starting to give students the chance to go to the collegiate level. Colleges are starting to have shooting teams and even awarding scholarships. One of the greatest parts to me is the fact that it doesn’t matter how tall, how old or how athletic you are, you can participate. Trapshooting is giving teens the chance to be part of a team sport. Not only do youth shooters get the scholastic benefits, but they also have the chance to learn many valuable life lessons and meet a lot of very well educated and great people. The biggest lesson I have learned is how to let go of things and keep your head held high. All shooters know the feeling of losing a target or not shooting very well on a trap and how it can impact the rest of your competition. I know how well I can shoot and that you have your ups and downs. I’m lucky enough to keep my attitude positive and to not let the small things ruin my day. I don’t only use this in shooting, but in my other extracurricular activities and just in my general day-to-day life. I’m glad that I am lucky enough to be a part of this amazing sport and have been able to see the impact it has had on many new shooters.

Western Zone shoot sites in Oregon for 2020 are Medford and Hillsboro. The Oregon State Shoot will be held at Hermiston June 5-7.

Grace Ede

Southern Oregon Youth Shooting Club AIM team captain

for ATA Delegate Ryan Costanti

Utah

I will start with the sad news first. Our good friend Bill Dezell passed away Dec. 29. I salute you, my friend.

Now on to the good news. We are officially in the deep freeze of winter. The good thing about the first day of winter is that the days are starting to get longer!

I would like to discuss a few things you can do this time of year (besides shoveling snow) to help with your trapshooting.

Practice shooting with a heavy coat on.

Practice mounting your gun in your home while wearing your summer attire. This helps so that when the season starts up, “Ol’ Betsy” doesn’t feel like a 2×4.

Work on your mental game. It is quite common to hear people say our game is 90% mental. With this in mind, why do we practice mechanics 90% of the time? Probably because shooting is more entertaining than thinking about shooting! Remember, it’s more fun to break those targets than miss them. Mental practice is also cheaper than the real thing. The downside is that your family may think you are crazy when you just sit in your chair doing nothing while appearing to be in a trance.

This is the time to set goals for the coming year. Write your goals down. This way you have a metric to measure them with as the year goes by. Don’t set unrealistic goals, but at the same time, don’t make them so easy that you quit tracking your goals. Sit down with your family and friends and keep them apprised of what it is you want to accomplish. By letting your family in on your goals, you can also build credits to do some things they want to do as well. This helps keep peace at home! Keeping the family happy helps keep the mental game sharp. In other words, you’re not distracted by an upset spouse.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this hobby, sport, discipline, or what have you, should be based on disposable income. I have known people that have shot a farm out the end of their barrel, gone bankrupt, written bad checks, and even ruined their family life. If you keep the game fun and try to beat your average, an occasional win will come your way.

As far as getting family members involved in shooting, here are a few basic suggestions:

If they show little or no interest in the game, don’t force them. They won’t be happy, and neither will you.

If you buy them a new gun, don’t be afraid to take it to a gun fitter and cut the stock off, if needed. An ill-fitting gun will lead to bad scores and a sore face. When you consider the money we spend on this hobby, a few hundred dollars spent on making a gun fit is a small investment. Remember, a gun is nothing more than a tool. Make the tool fit. A pretty stock has never produced good scores. Some of the best shooters our sport has produced (for example, Earl Scripture, Charlie Long and Dean Bright) have had some extremely ugly guns that looked like they had been left outside all year long.

Get someone other than yourself to help your loved ones learn to shoot. Personal experience has taught me that one should never attempt to teach your spouse how to shoot, play golf or tennis, throw darts, or learn any of the other hand-eye coordination disciplines!

Ed Wehking

 ATA Western Zone Vice President

Washington

Think spring! After the long winter months here in the Northwest, it is exciting to have longer days and some better weather. ATA targets are starting to fly here in Washington, and many of us are packed up and ready to converge upon the Walla Walla GC for the Camas Prairie Handicap. Spokane GC will be hosting the Northwest Grand soon, and there are many clubs throughout the state hosting registered shoots. We live in a great place to be trapshooters.

The Spokane GC is getting closer to having the details worked out for their new site, which is good news for shooting sports here in the Northwest. This new venture needs support from you, the shooters, as does every other club here. It is up to us to be the examples of what trapshooters are and all the great things our sport has to offer. The more we can encourage the young and new shooters, the better we will be in keeping all of our clubs viable and our game thriving.

I know many of you have escaped the snow and freezing temperatures for some ATA targets south of here. Besides being jealous, we are all interested in how Washington shooters have done during the Winter Chain and Spring Grand. Please share photos and stories of your shooting experiences. We all love to see how well Washington is being represented in other states. I know you will provide some stiff competition for the rest of us once you return, and we’ll be happy to see you. Meanwhile, the rest of us will bundle up and get in some practice time.

The program, trophy package and other particulars are being ironed out for the 2020 WSTA Championships in June. Brian James has the Washington club shoot schedules up on our website, and we hope you will visit shootwsta.com to see when and where you can find the great hospitality our clubs have to offer. There are also Western Zone Big 50 programs being offered, and I encourage you to explore those opportunities. If your club would like to take part, contact our secretary, Bruce Skelton, and you can easily get started. It’s simple to do, and you can find Big 50 results at soclays.com.

Lastly I want to express how much I am looking forward to seeing you again and meeting more shooters during the 2020 target year. It will be nice to get a little sun and register some ATA targets together. Get your shells boxed up and those scatter guns tuned! Shoot straight and keep your powder dry.

Sean Lewis

ATA Alternate Delegate

Illinois

Hello, shooters! I want to start with a few reminders: the board is working hard at getting the Illinois Hall of Fame building going. They are going to start a GoFundMe page for anyone who is interested in donating. If you don’t have the money but want to assist, it will require a lot of labor to get it built. Ask your director how you can help.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the dates for the 2020 state shoots. The AIM state shoot will be June 13-14, and the ISTA state shoot will be June 15-21. Tickets will be sold at the classification counter June 13-21 for the Kolar shotgun for the Gun Club Fund raffle that will be drawn at the Grand. If you want any ahead of the state shoot, contact Bill Duncan. They are $20 per ticket.

As many of you have heard, I did fill the Executive Director position for the WSRC. I started mid January. Because there would be a conflict of interest and I’m going to have a lot on my plate, I decided to resign from the Illinois ATA Delegate position. Bill Duncan was the Second Alternate for the position and will be stepping up and taking on the role. This will be my last Around the ATA article. I want to thank all of you for the support along the way. I truly enjoyed my time and will still see you around at the shoots!

Lauren Mueller

WSRC Executive Director

Indiana

Greetings, Indiana shooters! I assume everyone is looking forward to an early spring in Indiana, so we can get this shooting season started. I know I am!

I have a BIG correction to tell you about. I incorrectly stated that all three Indiana TA zone shoots would be held on the same weekend in May this year, and I was wrong about that for Roachdale. Hopefully everyone won’t show up at Roachdale the wrong weekend. I guess it will be a good test of who all actually reads this article.

Vincennes will host the southern zone, and St. Joe Valley the northern zone, May 15-17. Roachdale will have the central zone May 29-31. Please plan to attend your zone shoot to help support these clubs and the ITA. The Indiana State Shoot will be July 7-12. Evansville GC will once again be a host site for the ATA Central Zone July 31-Aug. 2. Then of course the Grand American will take place Aug. 5-15.

I would like to congratulate our 2019 Indiana all-state teams. This year it seemed the averages were closer than ever with just a bird or two determining positions, and in a couple of places, deciding who made the team and who didn’t. Plus we had several who were just a hundred or so birds off from shooting the target minimums, and that kept them off the team. Get out and shoot and get those minimums in! Congrats to the following:

Men’s open—Jason Seitz, Eric Shroyer, Devon Harris, C. W. Arnett, Michael Grannan, Bobby Bolden, Tom Kleyla, Tom Strabavy, Brian Ingle, Scott Chappell. Lady I—Christina Byrd, Jamie Taylor, Wendi Thompson. Lady II—Terry Bolden. Sub-junior—Johnathon Seitz, Logan Ritchie, Colton Vail. Junior—Noah Rice, Ethan Buck. Junior gold—Tyler Lewis. Sub-vet—Tank Lunsford, Steve Byrd, Mike Williams, Bob Bowers, Bob Johns, George Obren, Tom Moore, Bill Mager, Stephen Byrns, Bernie Matthews. Veteran—Tom Neal, Garl Gresley, Mike Welte, Jerry Fosbrink, Ken Heathcoate, Al White, Jack Curry, Fred Abraham, Ben Morriston, John Fry. Senior vet—Vern Brown, Tom Antczak, Tom Rhoads, Bobby Hubble, George Needham, Bill Tempest, Gene Baxter, Jerry Brown, Michael Stephenson, Dr. R. Scott Norris.

Our high average by event winners this year were definitely close. Congratulations to Tank Lunsford, who had the high singles average for the year with .9848, to Scott Cochran for handicap with .9365, and to Jason Seitz with .9611 for high in doubles. In order to be eligible for the high average by event, a shooter must register the minimum targets for the men’s team by event: 2,500 singles, 1,500 handicap or 1,000 doubles. All of the target requirements for Indiana all-state teams are published in our Indiana State Shoot program each year, and always feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the teams.

I have a special message to pass along from Roxie Antczak, our ITA Spectator Experience coordinator. She writes, “The 2020 ITA Spectator Experience committee is hard at work making plans for the Indiana State Shoot. Follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute details. Don’t forget to take advantage of our partnership with the Indianapolis Zoo and get your online ticket purchase discounts available all year. E-mail us for details at experienceita@yahoo.com. We look forward to seeing everyone in July!”

Make sure you check out the Indiana trap website www.indianatrap.com for a full listing of all of the registered ATA shoots being held this spring and summer at clubs all over Indiana. Please never forget that without all of these clubs, this sport wouldn’t exist. Get out and support them!

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you need anything or would like to have anything included in this article for Indiana. My e-mail is itajason@outlook.com.

Jason Barnett

ATA Delegate

Iowa

Hello, Iowa shooters! Spring is getting close, and it’s time to get the gear ready for another great year of trapshooting here in Iowa. All our friends and fellow trapshooters who wintered in warmer climates will soon be making their way home and preparing for the summer here.

Work on our state program is in the final stages, and preparations for the 144th Iowa State Shoot are well under way, so mark your calendars for July 21-26 and make plans to attend. Please look forward to our program, as there have been a couple of changes on options that I’m sure everyone will enjoy seeing and approve of. While I’m bragging on our state shoot, the electrical upgrade to the entire rest of the campground is under way and scheduled to be complete by mid June. What great news!

Along with the state association, all our local clubs are putting the finishing touches on their programs as well. Our clubs do an outstanding job with their shoots, and like the state association, rely heavily on volunteers, so please volunteer to help whenever and wherever you can and help keep the sport alive and growing.

Please feel free to contact me with news from your club or concerns you have at steve.w.glasgow@gmail.com or 641-990-2314. Until next month, shoot well and be safe!

Steve Glasgow

ATA Delegate

Michigan

The Michigan Trapshooting Association Board of Directors and MTA Hall of Fame & Museum Board are pleased to announce our 2020 scholarship recipients, Hannah Doyle and Parker Bundy. Both are from the Fenton area. Presentation of the scholarships will be on Saturday, July 4, during the Michigan State Shoot. Congratulations to these young shooters.

The state team has been posted on the MTA website, www.michigantrap.com. The requirements changes the Board made in 2018 for the 2019 shooting year made compiling the team very difficult. Our VP, Doug Trierweiler, spent several weekends and some long nights getting it done. The changes did not do what the Board wanted, so the requirements have been revised. The requirement to shoot a state zone shoot is gone, and it is replaced with a requirement to shoot 800 targets in Michigan. To try to make compiling the team easier, the Board has added a requirement that shooters self-nominate on a short form that will be available at both the state shoot and the Fall Team Shoot.

It’s March, so registered trapshooting is restarting in Michigan. I’ll see you on the 16-yard line.

  1. B. Lewis

ATA Delegate

Minnesota

Greetings from the North Star State. I am getting this written just before leaving for Tucson and a bit of a break from the Minnesota winter, although after a bout with snow (16 inches in one storm and nine in another) and a week or so of really cold weather, we have been enjoying some rather balmy (for January) weather here in God’s country. The forecast low for Jan. 29, when I plan to leave, is about 15º, which would be 55º warmer than when I left last year. That is correct, it hit 40 below on my pickup thermometer shortly after I left home. I was hoping for a change when I arrived in Tucson, but for those of you who attended last year’s Spring Grand, you know the weather was not too grand! Maybe this year we’ll have something more seasonable. I hope to see many of you there.

When you receive your March issue, the Spring Grand will be history, and hopefully many Minnesotans were able to get away from snowmobiling and ice fishing and get to Tucson. I was able to finish officiating on Jan. 18 and get my things packed for the drive to the Southwest.

If you are not able to go somewhere warmer to shoot this winter, remember our jackpot shooting at St. Cloud, Zimmerman, Buffalo and Minneapolis. As you receive this in March, hopefully we will have a few weekend days that remind us that we are on the back side of winter, and warmer weather is on the horizon. See the MTA website for contact information, times and dates.

Be sure to check the Trap & Field listing of 2020 state shoot dates around the Midwest, and the Minnesota shoot schedule is now included in the Trap & Field listings. The Minnesota State Shoot will be July 7-12 at the Alexandria SP. The Owatonna GC will be a host of the Central Zone this year July 31-Aug. 2.

Paul T. Cyr

for ATA Delegate Randy Jones

North Dakota

This time of year, most North Dakota trapshooters have shifted their attention to the NFL playoffs, high school basketball or the upcoming summer still months away. The snowbirds have mostly migrated (and boy, am I glad I did with the Interstate highways closed again and wind chill close to -50º in North Dakota). We did have our North Dakota TA annual board of directors meeting last month. We established the shoot schedule for the coming year, announced the all-state team members, and determined the trophy package for the state shoot.

A number of changes to our shoot schedule include a number of Big 50 events scheduled throughout the summer, the Roughrider moved back to the eastern part of the state hosted by Walsh Co. GC one week later than normal (June 26-28), and the state shoot hosted by the Minot GC July 22-26. The state shoot will have a similar trophy package for both resident and non-resident shooters, with a lot of Montana silver. Check our webpage ndtrap.com for all the details.

The North Dakota 2020 all-state team is as follows:

Men’s first (based on 2,000 singles, 1,500 handicap, 1,000 doubles and three North Dakota clubs)—captain Jason Folvag, .9632; Pat Bosh, .9569; Chad Gerloff, .9404; Perry Weiner, .9296; Greg Vaage, .9291. Men’s second—Mike Kempel, .9288; Wayne Unruh, .9195; Tom Polkinghorne, .9188; Doug Walker, .9123; Todd Wendel, .9103. Women’s (based on 1,000 singles, 1,000 handicap, 500 doubles and three North Dakota clubs)—captain Gabby Fischer, .8993; Melissa Woodworth, .8616; Amy Folvag, .7034. Sub-junior (based on 500 singles, 200 handicap, 200 doubles and no North Dakota club requirement)—captain Aiden Pudil, .8728; Kordell Kraft, .8564; Cruz Riegel, .8193; Colton Brown, .7576; Coye Steffan, .6935. Junior (based on 500 singles, 200 handicap, 200 doubles and no North Dakota club requirement)—captain Ryan Nelson, .8982; Blaine Howard, .8976; Cade Steffan, .8899; Jacob Schempp, .8886; Ordale Morstad, .8744. Veteran (based on 1,500 singles, 1,000 handicap, 500 doubles and three North Dakota clubs)—captain Mike Nordback, .9189; Jeff Zwarych, .9083; Bob Reis, .9062; Bill Suda, .9028; John Forbes, .8959.

The high singles award went to Jason Folvag (.9876), handicap to Pat Bosh (.9329) and doubles to Folvag (.9760).

I hope to see you down the line.

Tim Kaffar

ATA Delegate

Ohio

The weather will soon be getting where we all can get out and start doing some shooting. The all-Ohio team is out. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Thanks to White Flyer for their support of the all-Ohio team.

The board of directors are working hard putting the final touches on the Ohio State Shoot. It will be a great shoot.

If you have any questions or comments, I can be reached by e-mail at moekolar@aol.com, or call or text at 937-416-3979.

Mike Blair

ATA Delegate

Wisconsin

I am thankful for the volunteers who host weekend shoots at their clubs. They even provide cold weather, but warm hospitality.

I am looking forward to another great season of trapshooting and seeing all of you at shoots. Winter is the time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past. Dreaming about the 2020 year can keep me motivated. Can it be better than 2019? Heck, yeah!

There have been CWTA (Central Wisconsin Trapshooters Association) shoots. I was not able to attend, but from what I hear, they are good shoots. Thank you to all the volunteers who take time out of their Sundays. I was able to go to the Wisconsin/Minnesota closer to my area. Like I said, cold weather was provided. Nothing that we up-north folks could not handle.

I am sad to have to write about the passing of Michael Bloesl. My condolences go out to your family. Carla, I am hoping you can still come to the shoots and participate.

I have only two shooters to report about scores. Dennis Minks was out in Redlands, CA, on New Year’s. Wow, long way to go party and trapshooting! Congratulations on winning a doubles, singles and veteran handicap trophy. Dennis said that they shoot into shot curtains, and it was really windy. Some of the nets even had to be repaired, and they have to be repaired within 48 hours due to California regulations.

Bryon Fennig won a trophy at the Silver Dollar 20/20,000 Shoot in prelim handicap, sub-veteran. Congrats to you.

Yes, I am going to ask you for your time and energy in any way that you can give to volunteering at your local shoots and the Wisconsin State Shoot. Not only do you get to help out, but it is also a great way to meet new people. Volunteering does not even require an age limit. Youth are very much welcome to help and learn how a shoot is run. Heck, I even pick up shells at shoots; someone has to do it. Picking up shells is also exercise!

If you have any information you would like me to share about upcoming or the past, e-mail me at sandrajjack@yahoo.com. Please remember to smile; I am.

Sandra Jo Jack

for ATA Delegate Kevin Doerring

Atlantic Provinces

Hello from the Atlantic Provinces. Janaya Nickerson, the 2019 Atlantic Provinces handicap champion, is the subject of this month’s shooter profile. Janaya started shooting ATA registered targets in 2007 at the Highland GC in Yarmouth, N.S. She shoots a Caeser Guerini Syren Magnus and currently is handicapped at 22.5 yards. Janaya is a lobster fisher who works as an over aft alongside her shooting buddy and father Herbie, captain of the MV Every Last Cent. I asked Janaya what an over aft does, and she explained that’s the person in charge at the aft (rear) of the lobster boat from where the lobster pots are set or launched. Janaya is also secretary of the Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Association and delegate at large with the Canadian Trapshooting Association. You can read all about Janaya on our website in the APTA Abroad, APTA Results and the Shooter Profile sections.

Is your club planning a project or making a purchase to improve ATA trapshooting at your club? If so, I encourage your club to apply for a grant through the ATA Gun Club Fund. These grants are available to help ATA gun clubs with such improvement projects. The St. John’s R&GC was a 2019 recipient and used the funds to help with their recent traphouse rebuild and trapfield improvement project. Contact the ATA office for more information or download an application package available from shootata.com. Submission deadline is July 1.

Tickets are now available for the 2020 Gun Club Raffle. This year’s prize is a Kolar Prestige LP Trap Combo, with all proceeds going to support the ATA’s Gun Club Fund. Please contact me if you would like a ticket.

Preparations for the 2020 Atlantic Provinces Trapshooting Championships at the Highland GC near Yarmouth, N.S., Sept. 3-6 are starting to ramp up. This will be Highland GC’s second time hosting, and they are welcoming all shooters to southwest Nova Scotia. Stay tuned to shootatlantic.com for a shoot program, pre-squadding information and special hotel rates.

On the national scene, the Canadian Trapshooting Association recently launched a redesigned website. It is now mobile friendly and has all the latest trapshooting news from across Canada. You’ll find information and results from our annual Canadian Trapshooting Championships, champion records and much more. Check out www.shootcanada.ca and let us know what you think.

For more information on the APTA, feel free to contact me at aabassan@gmail.com or visit shootatlantic.com.

Andrea Bassan

ATA Delegate

 

New Jersey

As I write this, the past weekend ushered in the first snow of the New Year, reminding us that it is winter in the Garden State—since the weekend before, temperatures were in the 60s! Shooting is slowing down at the various gun clubs in the state this time of year, so please try to shoot some practice targets.

I’m happy to announce that Angelina Moir has earned a position on the 2020 All-American team again this year. Although it says 2020, it’s really her shooting during the last target year. Congratulations, Angelina.

The 2019 New Jersey state teams have been assembled and checked to make sure all the candidates had attended the 2019 NJ State Shoot this past June and participated in the championship events on Saturday and Sunday. As in the past, I’m listing only the names; their averages are included in the state program.

Men’s first—Robert Malmstedt, Thomas Green Sr., Thomas Clarke, Dan Biggs, Gene Moir Jr. Men’s second—Ray Padovani, Tony Pietrofitta, Robert Battista, Justin Malone, Rick Batesko. Women’s—Patricia Slimm, Kimberly Armstrong. Junior—Angelina Moir, Nicholas Padovani, David E. Brown Jr. Veteran—George Wright, James Lavelle, Ken Hassis. Senior veteran—Thomas Wolf, Robert Bishop, Joe Sissano, Jack Godwin.

The first of this year’s two New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees is Earl Pagliughi. The following was written by Steve Burick, southern zone representative on the Nominating Review Committee.

“Earl Pagliughi is being inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame as a contributor. Earl served as caretaker, vice president and member of the Directors of Pine Valley Gun Club from 1973 to 2001.

“Earl began his registered trapshooting career in 1971 by shooting an 86 on his first hundred targets. Needless to say, he caught the bug, and the following year he shot at 800 targets with a 92% average. His love of breaking clays continued to grow, and by his third year of competing, he logged 1,600 singles, 1,500 handicap and 75 doubles targets.

“The year 1974 saw Earl increasing his target total to 2,200 singles and 1,700 ’caps. These were fair numbers to some, but they reflected the setback he and a lot of fellow shooters encountered that year: the loss of Pine Valley’s clubhouse, which was destroyed by fire. That might have slowed his shooting, but it did not cause him to turn his back on his club. Instead, Earl volunteered as Pine Valley’s caretaker shortly after the fire. He and others helped Julius (Bam) DeRosa rebuild the clubhouse. Earl’s target totals may have dropped over the next year during construction, but his enthusiasm for the sport never waned.

“Earl continued to shoot between 3,000 and 4,000 singles targets for the next seven years, breaking his first 100 straight in July 1981. The following year he had a 199. He had a handful of hundred straights, many 99s and 98s. He even shot a 98 in handicap one year, moving him to 24.5. By 1989 Earl was registering over 14,000 targets a year. In 1996 he attended the Grand American at Vandalia, OH, shooting singles and handicap in six events. Earl concluded his shooting career in 1997 with totals of 232,250 singles, 55,500 handicap and 6,100 doubles targets.

“Earl loved his Winchester Super X shotguns; he owned a few (for back-up, he said), making his own repairs and customizing when necessary.

“Earl did anything and everything to help Pine Valley survive. Many of us recall seeing him stop shooting, walk off the line, and go make repairs to a bad trap so the shoot wouldn’t be delayed. He took part in the installation of the modern Pat-Traps when Pine Valley upgraded their Western traps. Few people can ever remember him being in anything but in a cheerful mood. He was the first to instruct a new shooter or congratulate one of us on a milestone in our shooting careers.

“Earl even involved his wife Connie, who ran the Pine Valley kitchen for many years, always providing great breakfasts and lunches for the shooters and providing stellar meals for holiday affairs.

“Earl is survived by his daughter Diane Murray and five grandchildren.”

The induction ceremony will take place in the Pine Belt clubhouse at 3 p.m. May 30 during the Singles Championship at our 2020 New Jersey State Shoot. Please make an effort to attend; refreshments will be served.

Next month I’ll be writing about our second Hall of Fame inductee for 2020, George Wright of Carney’s Point.

Brian Skeuse of White Flyer, after 40 years on the job, has decided to retire. I’d like to congratulate him on his retirement and being a great trapshooting supporter here in the Garden State and throughout the country.

Pine Valley is holding their annual Early Bird Shoot March 21-22. Upcoming shoots in April are the Quarter Grand again at Pine Valley April 4-5 and the Youth Shoot April 18.

Pine Belt is having their marathon weekend of singles and handicap April 4-5 and doubles marathon April 19. They are having their annual Fraternal Order of Police Fun Charity Shoot after the Cricket hops away on Saturday, April 25. Don’t forget the Cricket itself starting at Pine Belt April 25. Details to follow.

On a sad note, two supporters of NJSTA events over the years have passed away. Lou Paoloni of Whitestone, NY, passed away this past October. He had worked at Troy Meadow in Parsippany until it closed and also at the Staten Island SC. He attended our state shoot regularly. Another New Yorker, Vinny Ricciardi of Staten Island, passed away this past December. Back in the 1980s and 1990s Vinny, along with other members of the Staten Island SC, would trek down to Pine Valley and Pine Belt to compete.

If you have an idea or just a question, I can be reached at 732-546-7910 or by e-mail at jasissa@msn.com.

Joe Sissano

ATA Delegate

New York

Greetings from New York State. I hope everyone has weathered the winter season in fine shape and avoided becoming ill. In my area, there were plenty of colds and flu going around. Hopefully in the near future, weather will improve and some warmth will return.

Unfortunately New York has lost another registered shooter. George W. (Buddy) Adams Jr. passed away Jan. 14 at the age of 93. Buddy started registering targets in 1967. He was standing on the 19-yard line. During his career he registered 23,550 singles, 17,250 handicap and 13,150 doubles targets. Buddy was a member of the Bridgeport R&GC in Cicero. He loved to trap, hunt, fish and trapshoot. He was married to his wife Ruth for 72 years. Our deepest sympathies to his entire family on his passing.

New York would like to congratulate Illinois ATA Delegate Lauren Mueller for being named executive director of the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL. As everyone knows, the Grand American and the U.S. Open are held each year at the World S&RC. Good going, Lauren.

The 2019 ATA targets thrown totals by state have been announced on the ATA webpage. The top 10: 1. Illinois, 6,279,025; 2. Ohio, 4,553,200; 3. Pennsylvania, 4,383,275; 4. Arizona, 3,360,770; 5. Iowa, 2,250,550; 6. Florida, 2,141,900; 7. California, 1,938,550; 8. New York, 1,659,625; 9. Wisconsin, 1,656,725; and 10. Indiana, 1,574,200. Total targets thrown for the ATA in 2019: 56,384,200. A job well done!

The Mega Targets Awards by White Flyer for targets thrown in 2019 will be honored at the 2020 Grand American. The clubs to be honored are: 10. WTA Shooting Complex and Learning Center, 699,300; 9. New York State ATA Homegrounds, 803,825; 8. Michigan TA, 972,200; 7. Missouri TA, 1,085,500; 6. Iowa State Trapshooting Association, 1,120,275; 5. Silver Dollar SC, 1,679,000; 4. Tucson T&SC, 2,370,075; 3. PSSA, 2,462,425; 2. Cardinal Center, 3,245,400; and 1. World S&RC, 4,742,850. Excellent performance by these fine clubs.

The top five clubs in New York State for ATA targets thrown: 1. Mt. Morris SC, 111,850; 2. Peconic River SC, 85,425; 3. Allied SC, 52,350; 4. Sheridan Transit R&GC, 46,400; and 5. Maidstone GC, 38,800. These are excellent target totals by these fine gun clubs. Good going!

Remember that first up for shoots in 2020 at the New York State ATA Homegrounds in Cicero will be the 2020 Empire Grand American. The tournament will be May 6-10. We all hope you plan to attend.

If anyone would like to have something written in one of these articles, please contact me at Trapshooterdavec@yahoo.com, or phone at 585-519-9543. See you all soon, and good shooting. May God bless.

Dave Cichelli

ATA Delegate

Ontario

Greetings from Ontario, Canada. I am pleased to announce our Ontario Delegate and Category Delegate Teams for 2020, based on shooting results for the target year ending Aug. 31, 2019:

Delegate Team—Paulo Sampaio, Derek Scrimshaw, Mike Vecchio, Bill McConnell, Verne Higgs. Category Delegate Team—John Costa, Dan Gris, Bob Little, Lloyd Beecraft, Vince Ruberto, Ed Wilmott, Dominic Gitto, Brad Mann, Bob Morphy, Liam Stewart. Honorable mention goes to Ken Fellows and Larry Riehl.

I wish to thank Jamie LeBlanc, OPTA secretary-treasurer, for working hard to determine shooters who qualified for these teams. It was not an easy task this year, as there were ties that had to be resolved by formulas and mechanisms.

I also want to thank former OPTA secretary-treasurer Pam Muma for collating scores and Dominic Gitto for his help, and of course, a big thank you to the club personnel who sent in all the shoot results.

This year (2020) is the first year we have gone from 10 members of the (open) Delegate Team to five positions. We increased the Category Delegate Team members to 10 persons, up from five. We did this to reflect the changing demographics in Ontario because the majority of almost any Ontario registered shoot is heavily weighted in favor of category shooters.

Our Delegate teams recognize shooting excellence at qualifying ATA shoots within the province of Ontario and encourage shooters to travel from club to club to obtain pins (victories). One hundred Ontario shooters won at least one pin throughout the year. Congratulations to all.

Paul Shaw

ATA Eastern Zone Vice President