Doris Bush came from behind in the finals to win a shoot-off and claim her third career NWTF world title
EDGEFIELD, S.C.— Doris Bush rallied under difficult, windy conditions to win a shoot-off Oct. 1 and claim the Ladies Division at the NWTF's 2011 Wild Turkey World Still Target Championships.
Bush, from Carbondale, Ill., claimed her third career world title in the Ladies Division of the NWTF's annual competition. After the two other finalists each won a round, Bush rallied to win the third round before winning the decisive shoot-off.
"The competition was really tough," said Bush. "I was out of it until I came back and won."
Still-target shooting simulates turkey hunters shooting a wild turkey gobbler at 40 yards with a shotgun. Winners are determined by the number of pellets a shooter is able to put in a 3-inch circle on a paper target.
Shooters faced some of the most difficult weather conditions that the Still Target Championship has seen in recent years. Gusting winds, widely fluctuating temperatures and varying humidity added an extra level of complexity for competitors.
After dozens of rounds of qualifying competition on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Bush joined other finalists Saturday afternoon as the drama unfolded in the finals and shoot-off. Bush shot a Remington 870 with ATI Akita Adjustable Stock, Teludyne StraightJacket barrel, a Truglo Maxus scope, a Truglo SSX .550 turkey choketube, EvoShield Shooting System recoil protection, Rudy Project USA shooting glasses and HEVI-13 shotshells with 1.25 oz. of #6 shot.
Originally known as a the "turkey shoot," the NWTF's Still Target Championships were conceived 19 years ago as a conservation effort to help turkey hunters better understand the point of aim and point of impact of their turkey guns.
"The ultimate goal of the competition is to reduce crippling loss and misses in the field, but it's also a great way for equipment manufacturers to improve their turkey hunting products," said Rhett Simmons, NWTF director of special events.
About the NWTF: The NWTF is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. A nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage, the NWTF and its volunteers work closely with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies and other partners.
Through these dynamic partnerships, the NWTF and its members helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat. Wild turkeys and hundreds of other species of upland wildlife, including quail, deer, grouse, pheasant and songbirds, benefit from this improved habitat.
The NWTF also brings new conservationists and hunters into the fold through outdoor education events and its Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES youth outreach programs. Dedicated NWTF volunteers introduce about 100,000 people to the outdoors through these programs every year.
Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state and Canada. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history.