Bush, shooting an un-modified Remington 11-87 shotgun placed 38 pellets in a 3" circle at 40 yards. That beat the old record of 35. After a good bit of celebration and taking of pictures the shoot continued. On his next shot in the same class, Bush scored a 39, breaking his own very recently set record of 38! He later shot another 38 in the 12 Gauge Open Class, just 4 pellets off the World Record for that class.
Asked later about his successes, Bush commented, "Some days are just better than others. Everything seemed to work just right. Some of the best still target shooters in the U.S. were here today. I feel very fortunate to come out with some wins and of course to have set 2 new World Records. There have been so many improvements in shotshells and chokes in the last few years. I also know shooters who practice year round, so it's natural that records will be broken."
Guess what...3 months later at the Grand National Still Target Shoot...2 more pellets were edged into that 3" circle to set a new record of 41...then an additional 4 to set another new record of 45.
Records are made to be broken. There's little doubt that the next few years or next few months, will witness additional records set in this popular shooting sport.
To learn more about shooting opportunities in your area contact the National Wild Turkey Federation at http://nwtf.org
reprinted with permission 12/06