On Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, Old Skagit held their second shoot of the 2015 PITA target year and their first shoot using White Flyer targets.  Saturday’s 300 singles gave ample opportunity under a variety of conditions to judge the quality of the clays.  The first event was shot with a strong wind, the second event had heavy downpours of rain, and finally for the last event of the day the sun came out! The high total for the day was a 291 shot by Doug Reimers.  On Sunday the weather just settled in and yielded a steady downpour for the doubles and handicap events.  Chuck Manning had the best score in doubles with his 96 and junior shooter Sean Miller didn’t seem to mind the conditions while shooting the high score of 95 in handicap.  Bruce Locke came down from Canada to take the HOA honors with his 471 for the two days of shooting.  Congratulations to everybody.

3_15_15 Sean Miller receives trophy from Jungquist A little more about junior shooter Sean Miller.  He has been trap shooting for about 6 months, shooting most of his targets at the Kenmore club.  He has participated in the PITA Multiplex but this was his first venture into a regular registered shoot.  Quite a way to start by shooting the top score for the handicap event and receiving his first punch.

Submitted by Sherry Greene

View all the results.

(photo Sean Miller receives trophy from Steve Jungquist)

Want to go to home in style, driving a new Camaro?  You have a chance to do that by attending the Nevada State Shoot May 15-17.  The Mason Valley Trap Club, Yerington, Nevada, will host the three day, 700 target event with over $11,000 in trophy/added money and the chance to win $1,000 cash in the Championship Handicap.  Details on the Camaro give away (limited to the first 92 entrants), donated by Wild West Chevrolet, and a shoot program can be found on the PITA website (PROGRAMS page).  You may even get to pick the color, who knows.

To make an RV reservation (limited spaces) call Dena 775-220-7226.

Medford hosted a very successful shoot March 21-22 despite iffy weather.  Over 120 shooters from ID, WA, CA & NV attended.  A sub-junior ran away with Sunday’s handicap with a 96 (see all the results).  Enjoy the slide show.  If you want your clubs results/photos posted contact webmaster@shootpita.com. On Friday they hosted the 3rd round of the Oregon Doubles Marathon Classic with 21 shooters adding scores to the season – come join the fun – next round of this Classic will be at Albany Gun Club, April 10th.

The Grand Pacific is July 18-25, 2015 at Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club, Littlerock, WA.

The Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel is again offering a special rate for shooters – click here for more details.

The Red Lion also has their ‘SPECIAL’ trapshooters rate – click here.

Need an RV space at the shoot?  Email sue@shootpita.com or call 541-258-8766.  Click here to view the grounds layout.

The program of events will be available in late April/early May.

See you at the GRAND!

Hawaii State Shoot – 2015

The 11th annual Hawaii State Shoot opened February 13th to the usual beautiful weather (no rain this year), exceptional trap help and near record attendance.  Reg Todd, a BC shooter, made his eight appearance to the Big Island Trap Club, an uncontested record for return visits (Grant do you contest this?).  Gwenn Ojiri is on her 19th year supervising the facility which is operated by the County of Hawaii Parks and Recreation.  This year the Waiakea High School Air Rifle Team provided the trap help/score keepers who must have done an outstanding job judging from the donations ponied up by the attendees.  The Friday night potluck in the park provided a good sampling of traditional Hawaiian dishes and the Sunday evening awards banquet included an opportunity to wander through the NaniMau gardens.

Complete shoot results can be found on the SHOOT RESULTS page.  Suffice to say, the natives excelled in the High All Around but the mainlanders made a respectful showing in some events.

Attending the Hawaii State Shoot is an experience unlike most any other.  Just the logistics of arranging the shoot (think about it everything is shipped in), accommodating the shooters and working within the County structure present unique challenges.  BITC Club President, Jordon Hara, and B.A.D. Company President, Dex Egdamin, teamed with others to make this a memorable event.  Probably more so than other Associations they need your support, so I recommend you commit early, sign up for 2016 now (watch for details).  You will not be disappointed.

Sue Brewer, Secretary

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The 2014-15 Winter Multiplex season has come to a close.  Thanks to all who participated – you set new records for clubs entered and targets thrown. Click here to see the High Over All winners and random draw shooters (center of page). HOA tags and random draw prizes will be distributed in the next couple of months.  The payout checks for Jan/Feb were mailed 2/23.  It’s not too early to sign your club up for the summer season!

Congratulations go out to Junior Shooter Peyton Rex for shooting his first ever 25 straight at The Old Skagit Gun Club (Burlington WA.) on February 7th during the singles event at the Multiplex. Weather for the shoot can only be described as monsoon type rain. Peyton is pictured getting his patch from Sherry Greene the shoot cashier and club officer. Peyton’s squad mates Dave Daniels, Don Reimers, Rudy Martinak and Dennis Pettit performed the customary shooting of the cap before leaving the trap field. As you can see from the picture Peyton’s hat is still in pretty good condition, maybe a little too good a condition. All four men missed that hat at a range of about 20 feet. This hat has now become Peyton’s very lucky hat.Rex Peyton 1st 25 MP Skagit

Note: if any member knows of anyone that gives hat shooting lessons I know four guys that want to sign up for a class.

Editor’s comment: Rudy did get a little mud on the hat when he tried to shoot it on the ground.

Jim Rankhorn, PITA Vice President

On January 24-25, 2015, the Newman Swamp Rats Trap Club hosted a PITA event for the first time in some 28 years.  The Averages and History Yearbook confirms that the Newman Swamp Rats was an active host of PITA events through 1986.  They hosted the PITA CA State Shoot in 1951.  Their latest effort was attended by 30 shooter who were not dissuaded by foggy conditions and cooler than predicted temperatures.

I was unsuccessful in learning the origin of its name because there is a decided lack of swamps evident around Newman, California.  It is a very old club, established in 1933 with the present log constructed club house built in 1953.  Located near the city of Newman, California, population 10,224 (2010 census) in Stanislaus County, it is surrounded by agriculture and nut orchards as far as the eye can see. The nearby city of Patterson has most of the facilities needed by visiting shooters.

This is a member based club directed by 7 elected board members and having approximately 65-70 active annual members according to the President, Esther Puckett.  A couple of unique features are the club house itself, a log building about 105 feet by 36 feet and a huge backdrop screen across the entire trap field.  Puckett said the screen was erected last September to appease the neighbor at a cost of some $74,000.  Although weather may have discouraged some from attending this event, it had no effect on the enthusiasm of PITA All Star Rich Bullard who traveled from Reno, Nevada, to lend his support to the club.

We enjoyed our short stay with the Swamp Rats and hope they continue hosting PITA events.

Sue Brewer, Secretary

There has been some discussion on the meaning of the word ‘to’ as used in the 2015 Official Classification Tables and Handicap Guide.  The meaning in the new chart is ‘up to this point‘ (i.e. once you reach 97% you are in AA class for singles).  For those using the 3S computer cashier system you will notice in the classification area the use of “over or equal to this % (>=)” and “under this % (<)”.

Capture Handicap Guide 3S

There are many ways to say the same thing which seems to be causing confusion.   The ending percentage is to the number but not through it.  This is clear when you look at all the classifications.  The starting percentage begins with the ending number of the lower classification.  If this still confuses you replace the word ‘to’ with ‘up to but not including’ in all cases.

Example:  Singles:  

AA- 97.00% and above

A – 94.50% up to but not including 97.00%

B – 91.50% up to but not including 94.50%