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2015 World Championship Still Target Shoot

Activities and Exhibits

The 2015 World Championship Still Target Shoot was held in Edgefield, South Carolina, December 3rd  & 4th  at the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters range. The event which has normally been held in the month of October was rescheduled due to the flooding that hit the State early that month.

Cold and windy weather marked the event this year. Temperatures were in the low 30s each morning and wind gusts kept contestants bundled up for the better part of the day. Cold shotshells, cold guns and cold dense air kept scores down from those seen most years.

Contests are held in 6 divisions or classes: 12 Gauge Open, 12 Gauge Hunter, 20 Gauge Open, 20 Gauge Hunter, Ladies 20 Gauge and JAKES (shooters 17 and under) 20 Gauge.

The 12 Gauge Open Class was won by Eli Sloan using a custom Savage shotgun, a custom turkey choke and 3” Winchester Long Beard shells with 1 7/8 oz of #6 shot.

The 12 Gauge Hunter Class was won by Jimmy Washam using a Browning BPS shotgun, a JEB's turkey choke and 3” Winchester Long Beard shells with 1 7/8 oz of #6 shot.

The 20 Gauge Open Class was won by Cody Waters using a TriStar shotgun, a JEB's turkey choke and 3” Hevi-13 shells with 1 ¼ oz of #6 shot.

The 20 Gauge Hunter Class was won by Jarrod McDaniel using a TriStar shotgun, a JEB's turkey choke and 3” Hevi-13 shells with 1 ¼ oz of #6 shot. Jarrod also set a World Record for this class with a score of “21”.

The Ladies 20 Gauge Open Class was won by Doris Bush sing a custom Savage shotgun, a Truglo turkey choke and 3” Hevi-13 shells with 1 ¼ oz of #6 shot.

The JAKES 20 Gauge Open Class was won by Eli Sloan using a custom Savage shotgun, a custom turkey choke and 3” Hevi-13 shells with 1 ¼ oz oz #6 shot.

Hunter guns may have no alterations made to the bore and must use commercially available turkey chokes. Open class guns may have alterations made to the bore and may use custom chokes. All guns may use sights of any kind and may not have barrels, including the choke tube, that exceed 32”.

Contestants use 3” shells furnished by Winchester and Environ-Metal (Hevi-Shot) with #6 shot. Winners are determined by counting the number of shot within a 3” circle on the target. No mechanical rest is allowed and all contestants must shoot from a low-boy stool.

Friday, from about 8:00 a.m. until about 5:00 p.m. was a qualifying day. Contestants qualified for the semi-finals on Saturday by winning a squad or squads on Friday. Semi-Finals  were shot on Saturday morning  and the field was winnowed down to 4 places for each class. Those shooters competed against each other on Saturday afternoon until one of them won 2 times and that person was named  champion of that class.

To learn more about still target shooting or to find an event in your area, please visit www.nwtf.org or contact Chris Piltz at cpiltz@nwtf.net



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