Statesville, North Carolina
2010 JAKES World Champion
"Garrett Deal's steady aim and intense focus paid off Oct. 2 when he was crowned champion in the JAKES 20-gauge division at the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2010 Wild Turkey World Still Target Championships."-NWTF Press Release
Garrett Deal is a fine young man in addition to being an excellent marksman. I had the privilege of spending most of 2 days with him at the most recent still target shooting World Championship.
I watched his interaction with his father Todd and other shooters. I've found that when the pressure is on, true character surfaces.
Frankly, you can't get much more pressure that when you're spending 2 long days shooting one 3" full-power turkey shell after another. The days are long and the combination of the constant pounding and just plain fatigue can really take a toll on a shooter.
It's very easy to get tired and stressed and let that stress show. That just did not happen with Garrett Deal. He retained his composure when he won and was gracious when he did not.
That's an admirable trait for anyone of any age but especially for a 13 year old young man shooting in his first World Championship Shoot.
Garrett is one of those shooters to watch!