2015 Maryland 4-H Shotgun Tournament

 

 

MARYLAND

 

Six members of the Howard County 4-H Gun Club participated in the Maryland 4-H Shotgun Tournament, held at the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Prince George’s Trap & Skeet Range, abutting Goddard Space Flight Center and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

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A total of 91 4-H youth participated from various county shooting sports programs throughout the State.  From 8:00 am til 9:00 am it was check-in, gun safety inspection, orientation, safety lecture and team assignments.

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Each participant works through and series of 50 shots in sporting clays, 25 shots in trap and 25 shots in skeet, for the best of 100 shots.

It was a cool morning and between shots, Mason would use hand warmers to keep his hands nimble.

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The highest scoring participants will advance to represent Maryland 4-H in the annual national competition, with all expenses paid by 4-H.  Howard County has always been highly competitive, with Club members going to the National’s.  We must have some really good instructors?!

Carson Bowser knocks down a simultaneous (simo) pair in sporting clays.

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Tom D’Asto and Brad Bowser watch as Team Howard County work through the sporting clays stations.

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Will Kirk calls for his clays at the high stand.

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It was overcast and cool, and the cloud cover helped to better see the clays, without straining in the sunlight.

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While the morning wore-on, concessions prepared a fantastic BBQ spread, with 4-H teams rotating through lunch.

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Will Kirk on the trap range, with trap being our club’s strong point, where we are confident in increasing our overall scores.

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Luke in the foreground and Mason in the background, were our Howard County high score shooters for the intermediates.

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Mason Sirk obliterates this clay from the sky at the voice-activated trap station . . .

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. . . and so does Will Kirk.

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The autumn colors were near peak, and added to the attractiveness of the day.

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Senior 4-H’er Carter Kirk nails his option shot at the first station in skeet.

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Senior 4-H’er Donnie Jordan takes both the outgoing and incoming crossovers.

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Carter tracks the clay, and yes, one-second later smacks it to pieces.

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Not to be outdone, Donnie steps-in to do the same.

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Mason shows good form as he calls for his pair.

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Way to go Luke, as he tags his clay.

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Carson now has to pull hard left for his second shot.

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Will concentrates on gaining his lead over the clay.

It was a great day on the range.  Thank you to all of the parents including Brian, Brad, Bud and Dan, volunteers and fellow instructors for helping to make today a safe and exciting day of shooting sports competition.  Thank you to Conrad Arnold and University of Maryland Cooperative Extension 4-H staff for their contribution in making today happen.

I had to leave early, so I was not able to stay for the closing medals ceremony.  The following link is the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of the final scores as prepared by Brittany Hoffman at Maryland 4-H.

Copy of State Shotgun Match Spread Sheet 2015 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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