Winter is here, as is Thanksgiving, and Christmas is on the horizon. The Nevada and Arizona State shoots have come and gone as has the Autumn Grand in Tucson.
The Nevada State Shoot, scheduled at its normal time of October 20-25, had 21 Utah shooters in attendance. If you have never been to the Clark County Shooting Complex, you should put it on your list of clubs to visit. It is a first-rate facility. There is ample RV parking, 23 trap and skeet fields, a five-stand course, two sporting clays courses. Also, there are rifle ranges ranging from 50 up to 1,200 yards, pistol ranges, and, archery as well.
The weather for the week was very nice….until Sunday. Seems we can never escape the strong winds that often funnel through the area. Everyone thought that they had escaped the usual strong winds even though they had been forecast. Sunday morning started beautifully, with warm air, calm wind. A lot of people hurried in to sign up for what appeared to be a nice day. It was as if a cruel joke was being played by a higher being. As soon as the national anthem was completed and shooters called to the line, the calm air suddenly turned violent. The doubles were shot in 30 MPH winds, mere child's play compared to the 40-45 MPH winds during the handicap championship!
Next was the Arizona State Shoot at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center, October 28-November 1. If you remember, this shoot had slated for late March. In fact, the preliminary day was in the books when the county decided it would be prudent to cancel the event due to Covid-19. For you “old-timers,” Ben Avery Clay Target Center was once named Black Canyon Gun Club since it is located off Interstate 17, known as the Black Canyon Freeway. The weather was good as were the scores. The next Arizona State Shoot should be back on its regular schedule of late March next year.
The very next week (November 5-15) was the beginning of the Autumn Grand (Satellite Grand) at Tucson Trap and Skeet. First was prelim week followed by Grand week.
Once again Utah shooters (23) let their presence be known. A lot of bling was brought home to the Beehive State. The weather wasn’t as warm as it usually is this time of year. Mornings were in the 40s, with the afternoon reaching the 60s and 70s and finally making 80 the last day. I shot in a long sleeve shirt most events, and my cutoff shorts never made it out of the suitcase.
Be sure to check out all the scores for these shoots on shoot scoreboard.com.
With any luck at all, as far as shooting goes, next year may return to normal. Whatever normal might be. With all the lockdowns because of Covid, there aren’t many turkey shoots being held this year, either. Heber is having one on the 28th of November, after Thanksgiving.
With very little going on right now as far as shooting goes, it is a great time to relax and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Just don’t get too close to each other! It is also a good time to start planning what shoots you want to attend next year. Whether small local shoots, or large state and satellite grand shoots, get them on the calendar.
A lot of people have asked me where the Grand will be next year. I wish I could answer that question at this time. It is still too early to tell. As the song goes,”Que Sera, Sera,” or “what will be, will be.”
My friend Joe Sudbury came up with a novel idea (yeah, go figure). As Christmas approaches, have a fun shoot where everyone brings an old trophy they have won and are willing to part with. The top shooter gets to pick what trophy they want and so on down the line. Almost like a white elephant gift exchange.
On a somber note, Bart Kirkham’s father Danny passed away
on Thanksgiving. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bart and
the Kirkham family. Click here for arrangements.
Be safe and spend time with the people that matter the most.