This year Old Skagit was again an Official Toys for Tots site, hosting the annual Turkey Shoot on November 9th. This is a fun activity for all levels of shooters and raises money for an excellent cause during the upcoming holiday season. Please read the letter below from club President, Chuck Manning, with details and acknowledgements of some of the people that helped to make this an outstanding event. Hope to see you next year!
Toys For Tots - Turkey Shoot Fundraiser
Saturday, Nov. 9th with real wet looking overcast skies, Moose Old
Skagit Gun Club hosted this annual event. We were blessed with a
reprieve from the rain and the most successful shoot in our history.
Ladies associated with Moose Lodge #1640 made a wonderful turkey dinner
for us. They made great smells and fed 72 with plates of a traditional
meal, thank you so much.
Members of Masonic Lodge #77 spent the last 2 months traveling to lodges
throughout our area pre-selling targets and adding to the coffers in
excess of $800.00.
Our thanks to the Masons who not only attended in record numbers but
staffed our trap fields.
Henry Park again organized our Pig Shoot which was also the biggest in
history. The boys from Granite Falls and Bellingham Gun Clubs teamed up
to beat out MOSGC shooters. A twelve year old boy shooting a pump gun
as long as he was tall made the most spectacular shoot of the day when
he backed up the best Granite Falls had to offer.
Again we cannot thank local business enough for their support, they
don't do this for recognition but they deserve it anyway. Quantum
Construction, Welch Brothers Construction, SRV Construction, Mr & Mrs.
Johnson & Pacific Tank & Body all helped make another charitable record.
So many people contributed the most valuable and rare commodity in this
day and age, their time. We all worked together collectively to provide
a pick up load of toys and a check for $5000.00 which exceeds all
previous events .
We at MOSGC thank you for all your participation & contributions.
C.S. Manning, President
Moose Old Skagit Gun Club
October was a busy month as always with the FFA shooters practicing and working to see who would represent their school in the Regional Competition. The team from Sedro-Woolley High School--Noelan Melton, Elijah Choat, Keegan Blaine, Bode Hanson, and Dyllan Osborne--took top honors from the ten high schools that competed. Ferndale and Stanwood teams tied for the runner-up position. Carter Talamantez from the Stanwood team was the top individual shooter. Schools from Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties were represented at the Regional. Congratulations to all!!
Saturday's weather was good for shooting, particularly in the afternoon when the sun came out. Forty shooters participated in the Handicap events and enjoyed an excellent lunch of barbequed salmon, oysters, corn, coleslaw, and garlic bread. To top it off was cake decorated to celebrate Ken Austin's 50,000th registered target milestone. Thank you to everybody that helped to acquire and prepare the food!! As well as to those who did the cleanup after. Jim Cleave shot the highest total score for the day, breaking 186 out of 200 targets and received a trophy buckle as did the other event winners. Be sure to see the PITA web site for the full results. A link is on our "PITA Events" web page.
Sunday's weather took a turn for the worse, however, and the skies opened up with rain on the Buddy Backer Fun Shoot. Eight teams participated and Jim Cleave continued his good shooting as he combined with partner Gary Cooper to achieve the high score for the day. Both shooters received trophy buckles for their efforts.
More information and pictures can be found on our Facebook page.
Tomorrow is our PITA Registered Oyster Shoot. Two 100-bird handicap events and lots of good food for lunch. Also, Ken Austin will be shooting his 50,000th registered target. Come out and enjoy the day and celebrate his achievement.
And, Sunday is the Buddy Backer Competition. These are non-registered targets and the event is open to all shooters. More information is posted on our "Fun Shoots" web page.
Attention Multiplex Shooters:
Please be aware that PITA has changed the Multiplex slightly and that it is now shot monthly. There are three sessions--September through December, January through April, and May through August. Old Skagit will no longer shoot Multiplex on the same schedule as the Winter Handicap Series but plans on shooting Multiplex on Thursday evening starting at 5 p.m. Please watch our calendar for the exact dates. Also, PITA has a full listing of the schedule for all clubs shooting Multiplex on their calendar. More information is posted on our "Pita Events" web page and also on PITA's website.
Sorry that more of you couldn't attend the general informational meeting and fun shoot. Those of us who did had a good time shooting and sharing ideas and the weather was perfect. Congratulations to winners Gary Cooper and Jack Kennedy.
This next Saturday is our Memorial Fun Shoot to honor Old Skagit shooters and remember the good times that we all had together. (See our "Fun Shoot" web page for full information.) There is also one of our Informational Meetings about club doings at 9 a.m. This is a good opportunity to see and hear what has been happening around your club and also to have a fun day of shooting some clay targets.
Well we made it through the Fourth and I heard that everybody had a good time that attended the celebration fun shoot and Multiplex. Summer is moving along quickly and the state PITA shoot finished up last weekend. Congratulations to all those shooters from Old Skagit that attended and participated. Results and pictures are posted on the state PITA website and should also be available on the PITA website shortly. Links to both pages are on our "PITA Results" page.
Next on the schedule is the PITA Grand at Spokane, starting next weekend. I know a few Old Skagit shooters will be there and the best of luck to them.
For those who will not be at the Grand and would like to shoot some doubles, Old Skagit will be having a PITA Doubles Marathon and Doubles League on Saturday the twentieth. The program and more information is posted on "Upcoming PITA Events".
Be safe and enjoy the summer!
Summer is here! Or at least that is what the calendar says. Weather has been all over the spectrum but has not interfered with activities. The Singles League has concluded with Debbie Kelly taking top honors as Champion. (Full results are posted on the "Fun Shoot" page.) Last weekend was the PITA Registered Shoot with two days of tough competition. The Trophy Report has been posted on the PITA website but congratulations belong to the following shooters: Stephen Cherry HOA, Mark Rensi A Class, Les Butler B Class, Jack Kennedy C Class, and Janet Shields D Class. Debbie Kelly had the high single event score for the weekend with her 99 in Event 1 Singles.
Still time for PITA shooters to get in some practice before the Washington State PITA Shoot coming up July 10 through 14 at Evergreen and the PITA Grand Pacific July 21 through 27 at Spokane. Even if you don't compete, these are fun events to attend and cheer on our club shooters who will be participating.
The next event scheduled will be the Fourth of July Fun Shoot, which includes the July Multiplex. More information can be found on the "Fun Shoot" page but this will be a fun and casual way to spend the afternoon celebrating our nation.
Lots happening at the club this month. The .410 League has finished up and a new Spring Singles League has started. You can shoot as often as you want from the 16-yard line for the league and your five highest scores will be your total score. (See "Fun Shoots" for full information.)
Also this month on Monday, Memorial Day, is the Ugly Doubles and Singles Fun Shoot. You can shoot doubles or singles or both and also bring a dish to share during the potluck lunch. You will be shooting "pick up" targets so you never know if you will get a whole target or how they will fly. ("Pick ups" are clay targets that have already been thrown, were unbroken, and have been picked up out of the field to be used again.) (Also see "Fun Shoots" for full information.)
A preview for June--
Once again Dorie Jones will be teaching a class on trap shooting on June 22. This class can be for new shooters or those of us who would like to improve our skill. Spaces are still available in the morning session. Contact Sherry at email@example.com to sign up.
Also in June is our PITA Shoot on June 15 and 16. The club will be closed for practice on Saturday the 15th.
Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for our fundraiser and kept many shooters away. However, a big "Thank You" goes to our gracious shooters who participated and also to major donors--Quantum Construction, Welch Brothers, Louws Truss, and Pacific Tank and Body. To donate any time of the year please send contributions to:
Skagit Council on Aging
PO Box 693
Mt Vernon, WA 98273
April has arrived and the Annual Shareholders Meeting as held last Saturday. This meeting was open to shareholders only but much of the information discussed at that meeting will be found on our "About" page under the SPC Report for 2018. Also at this meeting Jack Kennedy and Chuck Manning were re-elected to serve as Board Members for the next two years. Other Board Members are Heather Jackson, Don McMoran, and Marsee Wilson, all who still have a year left on their term of office.
With improving weather March was full of activities for the gun club.--
The last Winter Handicap Shoot was held along with the Champion of Champions competition. See the "Results" page for the complete results.
The PITA Registered Shoot was held and drew shooters from across the state and also Canada. Be sure to see the "PITA Results" page for a list of winners and pictures.
The International League also finished up with the annual banquet held at Ridgedale Gun Club, Canada. Old Skagit shooters did very well, particularly considering some of the weather issues. Again, see the "International League Results" page for a complete list of their accomplishments. This is a really fun league to participate in and also an opportunity to meet many different shooters and visit different clubs.
During the month the .410 Gauge Championship Shoot also started and is continuing into April. If you own a .410 and want a new and 'interesting' challenge you might consider trying this.
Due to inclement weather Old Skagit was closed on February 9 and 12. The club will be open on Thursday February 14. (Board meeting postponed until February 21.)
The International League Shoot is still planned for this coming weekend February 16 & 17. There will be no practice traps available on Saturday but the monthly fun shoot is still scheduled for Sunday.
Thank you to everybody for making this another successful year for our fund raising for Toys for Tots. Many toys were collected to go along with $4200 in cash for this worthy cause.