2014 Maryland State 4-H Shotgun Tournament

MNCPPC Prince George’s County Shooting Center, Glenn Dale, MD

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The culmination of our annual Howard County 4-H Gun Club shotgun program is the October Shooting Sports Tournament.  This year Howard County placed one advanced senior, five seniors and five intermediates into the competition.  Nine Maryland County 4-H Clubs were represented and 98 youth participated in trap, skeet and sporting clays.  When the smoke cleared, the top five competitors move-on to represent the State of Maryland 4-H in the National competitions.

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Now out onto the circuit.

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Score-keeper Paul with senior Howard County 4-H’ers Patrick, Donnie, Gordon, and then sitting, Eric, Cuan and Emily.

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Carter tags a high flyer from an elevated stand.

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Mason too, connects with a high crosser, being patient to track the clay as it descends.

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Josh tracks his clay as the orange dome intermixes with the dappled autumn leaves and flecks of bright sunlight in the backdrop.

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Gregory winds-up (call point) and then un-winds (strike point) just prior to calling the clay as he makes an assumption as to where he will strike his target.  His un-wind point is his proposed point of impact.

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This is a great station, with two outgoing left and right shots from an elevated platform.  Carson swings left and then hard right to take down a combo of fast flyers!

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I put trail cameras out at three sporting clays stations.  It’s quite a different perspective to get a photo, more or less out in front of the shooter.  In this photo Donnie tracks his clay.

It was a great day in the field.  Attached as a PDF file are the scores of the 2014 tournament.  Congratulations to all of our shooters, and what a fantastic example of youth recreation, promoting the safe and responsible use of firearms and the shooting sports.  Thank you to all of our fellow certified instructors and volunteer parents.

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On a side note, check out the following article from last week’s Baltimore Sun of our Howard County 4-H Gun Club senior archer Matthew Bitner-Parrish:

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http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bs-sp-outdoors-archery-matthew-bitner-parish-1012-20141011-story.html

 

 

 

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