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New NIC team has blast at clay target shoot

SHOOTING — The new North Idaho College Breaking Clays Club shot their way to $11,250 in cash prizes at the  Upper West Coast Conference Clay Target Championships held Oct. 11 – 13 in Spokane.

“This was our first time shooting together as a team," said club president Larkin Henkel, one of three team members who won first-place awards. "I’m proud of everyone.” 

The competition is coordinated by the Association of College Unions International and hosted at Double Barrel Ranch Sporting Clays and the Spokane Gun Club.

The NIC club earned $11,250 in prize money during the three-day event and will forward the money to the club’s endowment fund, said club advisor Jacob Rothrock.

NIC students who earned awards at the competition include:

Jon Thurman, Coeur d’Alene:  Overall high score, male division

Larkin Henkel, Coeur d’Alene: Overall high score, female division

Tony Palin, Corvallis, Mont.: High score for the weekend; took first-place in Trap (hit 98 out of 100 targets).

Grant Thurman, Coeur d’Alene: First-place Skeet, male division

Nick Higgs, Coeur d’Alene: Third place Skeet, male division

“Starting the Breaking Clays club has improved my college experience by putting me in contact with people who I would not normally meet,” Henkel said. “It’s helped me get involved on campus and learn about other student groups and organizations.” 

Sporting clays shoot benefits wounded CdA soldier

SHOOTING – A Guns and Grub shotgun target shooting event set for Sept. 28 at Landt Farms Sporting Clays will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the family of Coeur d’Alene Army Reservist Daniel Guerrero, who was wounded in Afghanistan in May.

Limited to 75 shooters. Cost: $65 includes barbecue.

Pre-register: 279-8125, email gunsandgrubspokane@gmail.com. 

Youth sporting clays championships underway at Double Barrel

SHOOTING —  The Washington Scholastic Clay Target Program Championships kicked off Friday for a three-day run at Double Barrel Ranch Sporting Clays near Spokane.

More that 100 shooters from around the state participated in a round of sporting clays, the first of three shooting events taking place this weekend (May 3-5).

The WASTCP is a statewide nonprofit organization initiated originally in 2010 by Colville, Washington sportsmen, and is dedicated to introducing and coaching school-age youths in the supervised activity of clay target sports. The Program’s mission is to promote and perpetuate opportunities for young student athletes to safely and enjoyably participate and compete in high quality, team-based clays shooting sports led by trained adult coaches.

Read on for more details about this weekend's events and the 30 youth teams competing at Double Barrel as reported by Bob Dunn, a master sporting clays shooter from Spokane:

Requiem for 10-target shotgun shooting record-setter Tom Knapp

SHOOTING — Tom Knapp, 62, a modern shotgun virtuoso who revived exhibition shooting in the 1980s, died on April 26 in Minnesota.

Knapp, who performed in Spokane several times sponsored by Benelli, was especially notable for being the first to throw 10 clay targets in the air and blast them all before they could hit the ground.

  • See the video above of Knapp's world-record-setting shoot with slow-mo verification.

A modern-day shooter who displayed more than a hint of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West showmanship, he also was an easy-going spokesman for the shooting sports who could let his shotgun do the talking, whether holding it upside down or above his head.

He started exhibition shooting in 1987.

In 2010, he retired after 20 years of shooting with Benelli, but he picked up again with CZ-USA.

A tip of the hat to one of the good guys.

Fun shoot, boat safety featured at Palouse DU event

CONSERVATION — A two-hour fun shoot plus demonstrations on boating safety, retriever handling and using decoys use demonstrations will be featured at a March 24 fund-raising event at the Colton Boosters Gun Club sponsored by the Palouse Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

A duck calling lesson for kids also is planned.

The activities will start at 1:30 p.m. Porky’s Pit Barbeque of Pullman serve pulled pork and chicken at 4 p.m., followed by the Ducks Unlimited raffles and auctions.  The event will wrap up by 6 p.m. 

A 25-bird round of trap costs $2.50 for kids and $3.75 for adults; the youngsters will have their own shooting line and coaches.  Shooting will start by 2pm and end at 3:30pm.

“We are hoping to have some other outdoor demonstrations as well, perhaps bird-watching,  bow-hunting or fishing clubs will participate,” says DU District Chair Joe Ford.  “There’s a lot of ways to have fun outdoors, and DU projects benefit over 900 species of fish and wildlife.  It’s so much more than just ducks!”

After the guns go quiet at 3:30, the Greenwing kids will get a lesson in calling waterfowl, followed by a brief kids calling contest (calls are provided). There will also be a demonstration of hunting dog work.  

Adult beverages will be available from the Colton Boosters Club after the fun shoot.

Admission: $40 for a single adult, $70 per couple, and $30 for kids under 17.  

  • The price includes DU membership and a DU cap, as well as dinner.  Shooting fees are collected from participants by the gun club. 

Tickets will be available through the national DU website, or by calling (509) 288- 7013 or (541) 979-9025.

Sporting clays event to boost local Boy Scouts

SHOOTING — Here's a classy event, a good time and a chance to hone shotgunning skills on the fascinating sporting clays course at Double Barrel Ranch south of Mica Peak.

What: 5th Annual Sporting Clays for Boy Scouts, with competitoin, food, prizes.

When: Sept. 14.

Where: Double Barrel Ranch south of Mica Peak

Who: Open to single shooters and teams, sponsored by Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts.

Pre-register: 325-4562; www.nwscoutshoot.org

Sporting clays shooters aim at Boy Scout fundraiser

TARGET SHOOTING — Boy Scouts will be benefitting next week from the enthusiasm competitive shotgun shooters have for vaporizing clay targets.

The fourth annual Boy Scout Sporting Clays Tournament, set for Friday (Sept. 16) at Double Barrel Ranch southeast of Spokane already has signed up 115 shooters.

That makes the event the third largest sporting clays tournament in Washington, said Chris Baker, who's organizing the event for the Boy Scouts.

Info: (509) 242-8235