Monday, May 24, 2010

Another Successful Shoot

Yesterday was this year's second registered ATA event at Boxhorn.  I was tickled pink to see all of the people coming out to support us.  We had a total of 68 shooters and we threw 13,500 targets!  The scores were pretty good despite the unseasonably warm and humid weather.

Dan Ewert was the top shooter in the singles and doubles, shooting a 99 and 96 respectively.  A pair of long yardage shooters had the top scores in the handicap.  Ryan Jossart (26.5 yards) and Jacob Craig (27 yards) both shot 97.  We had a lone 96 and a large number of shooters in the mid-to-low 90s.  The targets were set pretty good again...and once again, I can credit Rick for that.  Also, congratulations to Ed Fish who shot at and broke his 50,000th handicap target!!!

We didn't have any of the issues that we had at the last shoot, however, we weren't expecting to have 14 squads of singles, 11 squads of handicap, and a handful of doubles squads.  To make the day run quicker, we should have probably planned for either one of the following two things:
  • Running the events on 6 traps instead of 4 
  • Having more loaders on hand to keep the wait times to a minimum.
At Boxhorn we have 8 traps, but only 4 of them are PAT Traps (fields 2, 3, 4, & 5).  To shoot on more than 4 fields means that some people would have to shoot on a different type of trap from everyone else.  This may or may not be a big deal because the other traps throw a nice target also.  Having extra loaders would obviously speed things up a bit, which is something we will likely do for the next shoot.

The next shoot is on Sunday, June 6th.  This shoot is NOT a $15 per hundred shoot, however, we will have $24 targets with $5 from each entry going to trophies...still pretty reasonable.  June 6th is also the same day that the Southwest Zone is being held at Sauk Prairie and the Northeast Zone is being held at Fox Valley.  If you aren't planning to travel to these shoots, stop on over to Boxhorn and I guarantee you will have a great time.  To view our program, click this link:

On a side note, I personally didn't shoot particularly well.  Handicap was rough...I felt good, and I was doing a lot of things right, but I also did a lot of things wrong en route to a 73.  I guess I need to get out and practice some caps.  Doubles started off rocky again, but I finished strong for a 93.  Practice, practice, practice...I need to make time for some of that...

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