The Morgan County Gun Club held its yearly club championship Sunday, October 15th . The club championship is the last big shoot of the year in our shooting area, so participants come to visit with friends, enjoy good food, & shoot. Weather was not beautiful this year, but we were fortunate that the hard rain held off till everyone shot. It was cloudy and windy most of the day, but shooters dealt with it, and we are on a hill. We had a really great attendance with the weather forecast predicting heavy rain and wind. Shooters traveled from many areas around Ohio, and West Virginia; some as far as three hours.
Shooters shot Saturday, which is the scheduled weekly shoot day. Practice rounds and the 100-Bird Program was shot. Peggy Wise (local) shot 97-100 (50-50 singles/47-50 hdcp; ATA 25 yd). She should have had that score Sunday!
Sunday morning started with practice. Next, doubles (50 pair) were scheduled with 19 doubles shooters. Some of our shooting friends don’t compete in the doubles, as it takes another gun or set of barrels capable of shooting twice. It can be very aggravating, but fun and you shoot 100 shells fast! This year our high doubles award went to Larry L. Wright of Lancaster with a score of 96-100. Before the main 100-Bird Program shooters enjoyed a good meal. The club furnished barbecued pork and chicken and others brought a covered dish or desert.
Sunday’s championship program consisted of 100 targets: 50 singles (16 yard) & 50 ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association) handicap (hdcp) targets. Shooters shoot ATA assigned yardage or 23 yard minimum. 43 shooters competed and ATA Case Knives were awards given to high gun open doubles, high gun open, high gun open singles, high gun open handicap, high gun open veteran, and high gun open lady. Dwight Parmiter, club member, won the Member Belt Buckle with a score of 96-100 (50-50 singles/46-50; ATA 21.5 yd). Club members as well as non-gun club members are eligible for remaining trophies. Hdcp targets are thrown from the 18 yard line to the 27 yard line, depending on shooter’s ability. Dennis Cooperrider from Glenford shot 97-100 (49-50/48-50; 26 yd) to win High Gun Open. Lloyd Ridenbaugh from Cochocton won Handicap hitting 48-50 (48-50/48-50; 22.5 yd). Peggy Wise, secretary of the club, won High Gun Singles (50-50/43-50/ 25 yard). Of the 43 shooters competing 3 broke 50 straight; Dwight Parmiter, Peggy, and Richard Zombek, all club members. Zack Howell of Cochoston won the Junior award after shooting 95-100 (48-50/47-50; ATA 19 yd). Gary Frazier of Barnesville won Veteran 70+ with a 92 (47-50/45-50; 18 yd). Beverly Scott from Stow won High Lady with 91 (48-50/43-50; 26 yd)
Club members are helpful and encourage young shooters in the sport.
Trapshooting teaches gun safety, responsibility, and is a very competitive sport. The gun club is open every Saturday at noon to shoot practice, a mini-program, and/or a 50-bird program. Anyone interested in learning how to shoot trap is welcome. Individuals at the club will assist you. If you have any questions, contact club president, Larry Wise, 962-4701, or checkout our website, www.morgancountygunclub.com
#1 Larry Wise, president, presenting belt buckle to Dwight Parmiter (96-100) High Gun Member
#2 Peggy Wise, Treasurer, presenting Doubles award to Larry L. Wright of Lancaster (96-100)
#3 Larry with Dennis Cooperrider, Glenford, High Gun Open (97-100)
#4 Larry with Lloyd Ridenbaugh, Coshocton, High Gun Handicap (48-50; 96-100)
#5 Larry with wife, Peggy, High Singles (50-50; 93-100)
#6 Larry with Zack Howell, Coshocton, High Junior (95-100)
#7 Larry with Gary Frazier of Barnesville, High Veteran 70+ (93-100)
#8 No picture – Beverly Scott of Stow, High Lady (91-100)