The 2017 Grand Pacific tournament will be held at the Spokane Gun Club, July 23-29.  An agreement was reached with Spokane Gun Club which will allow the Grand tournament to be presented at no entry fee increase from last year.

You can WIN FREE entry at the Grand Pacific – click HERE for all the details.

Pre-squadding opens Monday – April 10th at 8:00 a.m.  Squad online at www.presquad.com or phone/email Bob McLendon: 509-216-3033, aa27aacashiering@yahoo.com

Update 4/4/17:   We have surveyed the grounds and now have a plan for auxiliary generator RV spaces.  These will have 30 amp power provided by a large Cummin’s generator and shared water.  The spaces are available to those on the waiting list.  You must make payment to Spokane Gun Club to confirm your space no later than April 30th.  Print, sign and return this Spokane RV Parking Agreement with your check for $217.40 (includes 8.7% sales tax) or $200 if an Oregon or Montana resident (no sales tax required).  To pay with your credit card phone Jacquie at 509-926-6505 during club hours.  Your space assignments will be made upon arrival giving us every opportunity to place you with your friends.  All RV spaces including permanent club spaces must be paid by April 30, 2017 or you will lose your spot.  Full refunds will be made up to July 1 by contacting Spokane Gun Club.

If you requested a 20 amp gun club space they are available for $100/week plus tax of 8.7% (unless OR or MT).  Contact Sue immediately for these spaces.

Not on the waiting list for the Grand?  Call or email Sue for availability – sue@shootpita.com or 541-258-8766.

Update 2/14/17:  Oxford Suites is offering special rates for the Grand Pacific.  Click here to view their flyer.

 


The Hall of Fame committee is proud to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.  They are Art Fenton, Tom Gray and Grant Lau.  All of whom more than qualify based on the criteria – i.e. wins, targets and Allstar team placement.  The inductees will be honored in a ceremony July 27th at the 2017 Grand Pacific tournament, Spokane Gun Club, Greenacres WA.  Please join us to congratulation these deserving members of our association.

For more details contact any member of the PITA Hall of Fame committee.

2016 is the first year of a modified team selection and additional teams for seniors, elders and sub-juniors.  Click here to see the new criteria and those who made the teams.

All-stars are recognized at their State/Provincial shoot and again during opening ceremonies at the Grand Pacific tournament.  Be sure to congratulate them.

Junior and Sub-Junior All-Stars will receive Y-E-S scholarships as follows:  Top Team – congratulations to Colton Vines – $500.  Junior Captain – Andreas Borgensen – $500, remaining 4 on 1st team – $300 each: Garrett Grubbs, Josh Tiegs, Colten Imhoff, Dalton Land, 2nd place Junior team members – $100 each: Dino Manual, Alexa Paxson, Dylan Nelson, Ethan Alexander.  Sub-junior Captain – Gage Wade-Huber – $500, remaining on Sub-junior team – $100 each: Joe Mundy, Michael Sargent, Cameron Phillips.

 

The schedule of events was set by the Executive Committee at their 11/29 meeting.  Except for the move to Spokane Gun Club there are scarcely any changes from previous years.

The events are as follows:

  • Sunday (9:00 start time) – July 23rd:  Coon Creek Singles, Black Diamond Gun Club Handicap
  • Monday (8:30 start) – July 24th: Dolphin Bank Trucking Doubles, Tilden Trophies Handicap
  • Tuesday (8:30 start) – July 25th: 100 28 gauge singles-sponsors Briley, Browning, White Flyer & Shoot To Win Gear, West Coast Shot Singles, All American Restoration Handicap
  • Wednesday (8:30 start) – July 26th: 50 pair 28 gauge doubles-sponsors Briley, Browning, White Flyer & Shoot To Win Gear, White Creek Gunstock Blanks Doubles, All American Armory Handicap, evening fun shoot
  • Thursday (8:30 start) – July 27th: 1st 1/2 of Championship Singles-sponsored by RIO, TrapshootingUSA Handicap, Hall of Fame Ceremonies
  • Friday (8:30 start) – July 28th: 100 singles (2nd 1/2 of Championships)-sponsored by NorthWest Shot and Ruger, White Flyer Handicap
  • Saturday (8:30 start) – July 29th: 50 pair doubles (Championships)-Championship Doubles sponsored by PITA and its members, Championship Handicap-sponsored by Browning

High Over All will include all registered events except the 28 gauge – total of 1400 targets.

Opening Ceremonies will be Sunday, July 23rd at 8:00 a.m.  We hope everyone will attend and congratulate the 2016 PITA Allstars.

You can download your 2017 membership card using the “Membership Average Card – Download It Now” icon on the right side. Enter your 5 digit PITA number and your date of birth in the format shown (YEAR-MM-DD – example: 1998-06-24 for June 24, 1998). If you have requested a wallet card be mailed ($5 charge) those will sent in the next few weeks. Please note: with the advent of computer cashiering the orange imprint card is gradually being phased out.  If you have a need for one in your area simply request it using the ‘Contact Us’ link in the upper right corner.

As you may have heard, there have been some big changes on the PITA Executive Committee.  On Thursday, October 20, the EC voted to accept the resignations of Jim Rankhorn-President, L.A. Taylor-Vice President, Mike Gregersen-Chair of the Central Handicap and Rules Committee and Director Bob White who resigned by email on October 18th. Director Jim Bradbury later resigned for personal reasons.  If you have questions regarding the reasoning behind these resignations, it would be best to speak with these individuals personally.

At that same meeting, four people were appointed to fill four of the five vacancies.  Those people are Rusty Brewer (OR), Geoff Fern (BC), Mike Riggs (OR), and Jennifer Carter (OR).  These four people will fill the unexpired terms of those resigning.  There is still one vacancy and interested parties should contact any member of the Executive Committee.

The current PITA EC is meeting weekly now in order to get caught up on the daily work of the PITA and to prepare for the 2017 Grand Pacific.  We would like to thank the many State and Provincial officials who helped us work through the events during this time and are continuing to support the PITA.

11/21/16 update:  The last position on the Executive Committee was recently filled – please welcome Corey Ashbeck of Benton City, WA to the committee.

The Hermiston Gun Club in Hermiston, Oregon (75772 Gun Club Road) is hosting a shoot on August 18-20, 2017.  They have picked up the date Madras cancelled.  Friday the 18th will be the Oregon Doubles Classic with the Oregon Magnums offered on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact John Adams – jadams@eotnet.net.

The Jefferson County Rod & Gun Club in Madras, Oregon has cancelled their May shoot due to conflicting shoots in the area.  They have also cancelled their August shoot due to the influx of people in the area for the solar eclipse viewing.  They hope everyone will join them at their September shoot and hope they have not caused any inconvenience for anyone.

Old Skagit March PITA Shoot
March 11 & 12, 2017

Old Skagit held its spring shoot on another cold, wet, and windy weekend on March 11 and 12. Seventy-eight shooters gathered and participated in 300 singles on Saturday and 100 handicap and doubles on Sunday. There were some good scores (and some not-so-good scores) but everybody enjoyed getting the spring shooting season started.
There were even some highlights to the days despite the gloomy weather. Brian Hazen came down from Canada and shot a 100 straight on Saturday in the middle event of 300 singles. His name will join that of several other shooters on the plaque at the gun club. Mark Arnold of Graham, Washington, scored his first ever 25 straight also on Saturday. On Sunday Parker Jensen of Burlington, Washington, joined PITA and went on to win the Handicap event, scoring his first 25 straight as well. Good job Parker! (Please see our Trophy Report for full list of results.) Charles Stacey also had a good weekend and won HOA with his 475 after tying (with Don Meece) for A Class on Saturday and winning Doubles with his 98.

Thank you to everybody who participated in the shooting (and to the families and friends who came and supported them) and also to all our volunteers who helped to make this a successful shoot.

Congratulations to our HOA winners for the winter season:

  • HOA – Kyle Seever
  • British Columbia: Phil Van De Keere
  • California: Mac Robertson
  • Colorado: Paul Dible
  • Hawaii: Neil Arakaki
  • Nevada: Todd Delong
  • Oregon: Tom Olsen
  • Washington: Tim Plagman

The HOA shooters will receive a custom made High Over All name tag.

The random draw winners were Bud Hoffman (shooting at Del Norte, CA), Scott Julian (shooting at Hillsboro, OR), Benjamin Keller (shooting at Pawnee, CO), Tammy Mariluch and Aaron Simpson (shooting at Winnemucca, NV), Jeff Mitchell (shooting at Yakima, NV).

Each of the random draw shooters receives a handcrafted White Flyer clock compliments of our Multiplex sponsor White Flyer Targets.  Bill Daniels of White Flyer will mail your clock directly to you.

Checks for January and February will be mailed March 6th.

The SUMMER SEASON starts the first full week of June (5th-9th).  Call 541-258-8766 or email sue@shootpita.com to register your club!

My name is Kay Reynolds. I was born and raised in Rupert, Idaho. I have two children and three grandchildren. I currently live in Twin Falls and am the treasurer at the Twin Falls Gun Club. 

I have been involved in trapshooting since 1997. I started shooting league at Twin Falls and Burley and have shot a few registered shoots. In 2003, I was offered my first cashiering job and have since grown my cashiering business to eight different clubs in Idaho. I have cashiered the Grand Pacific since 2007 and helped at two Oregon State Shoots. 

I love my job as a cashier and seeing the accomplishments from the juniors to the veteran shooters. 

I am looking forward to working with everyone as PITA Secretary. The shoes I have to fill are very big but I am looking forward to starting this very exciting adventure. 

Thank you all for your support!!! 

Kay Reynolds

208-312-0314

kay@shootpita.com

NOTE: Club managers and cashiers – please visit the FORMS page for updated forms.

On the Line with the Corps of Discovery

By Dale Nelson

On February 18, 2017 the Douglas Ridge Youth Shotgun Team traveled to the mouth of the Columbia River to compete at the BKS Pacific International Trapshooting Association Tournament.  Officially BKS stands for Brownsmead, Svenson, Knappa which are small communities near the range.  Unofficially, I understand, BKS stands for “Because Kristin Says”.  Kristin Webb works very hard and runs a tight ship.

The clubhouse at BKS was built by Lewis and Clark for members of the Corps of Discovery to practice trapshooting.  Ok, maybe I don’t know the true age of the clubhouse but some of the youth on our team are convinced that some members of the Corps of Discovery were shooting the Tournament with us.  The clubhouse is rustic and beautiful and very well kept.  The BKS members were welcoming and a lot of fun for our families.  Our Team Photographer, Dave Phipps, has posted pictures of our day at BKS at https://www.flickr.com/photos/133457771@N08/sets/72157669627496456/.  What, you don’t have a Team Photographer?  You should get one.

For our team, the big story of the day was our teammate Wyatt Copeland.  Wyatt has tried to break his first 25 straight for a couple years now.  He has scored 24/25 several dozen times but that first 25/25 had become an elusive obsession for him.  The cheering was deafening when Wyatt broke his first registered 25 straight on the first trap at BKS.  Being witness to the fleeting look of accomplishment and pride exchanged between these teens and their parents when they turn back from the line is payment in full for all my efforts as coach.  I highly recommend it.

So, just to prove that the first 25 was no fluke, Wyatt broke another 25 on the third trap.  He ended the day with 95/100 in singles taking high Junior Singles and a second overall.  Well done Wyatt!

Wyatt’s story does not end there.  Dylan Nelson has been top shooter on our Youth Team for a couple of years now.  Dylan shot on a later squad.  I was working on some paperwork when Dylan finished singles.  I looked up to ask Dylan how he shot and Wyatt was with him coming from the scorers stand.  They were both grinning broadly.  I wondered briefly “What is Wyatt doing out there?”.  Then it dawned on me; Wyatt had beaten Dylan. Wyatt had rushed out to check the score and, sure enough he won the internal competition between friends and teammates! I knew that was on Wyatt’s bucket list but I failed to realize how very important that was to him.  Dylan is as proud of Wyatt’s accomplishment as anyone.

We held a hat shooting ceremony at BKS to celebrate Wyatt’s accomplishment.  All the youth participants and several adults got in on the action. Wyatt must now start working on a new lucky hat.

Our families and young athletes had a great time at the BKS PITA Tournament.  Our team will be returning to BKS; it is a special place run by some special folks.  I hope you have a chance to shoot there too.

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