October is here and the Winter Handicap Series has started. Usually we would also be well into the FFA Trap Shooting Team Competition by now; however, this event had to be cancelled by the schools due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The WH Series will continue on the first Saturday of the Month through March when the "Champion of Champions" shootoff will be held. Monthly, on the same day, the PITA Multiplex will also be held but will start an hour earlier. It is possible to shoot both events with a little bit of coordination in squadding.
October 17th was the PITA Doubles Marathon. Our event was also the last for the year in the Washington State PITA Doubles League. Other than the monthly Multiplex, the next PITA event at Old Skagit will be in December.
"Old Skagit Gun Club Doubles Marathon was held today. Great day to shoot doubles, calm to mild winds with consistent grey over cast . No breakdowns or holdups which allowed a good even pace for the whole event . Snow geese milling around overhead on this opening day of hunting season provided beautiful sights for entertainment. Our ladies in the kitchen made a great lasagna soup which was oh so tasty on this fall day . We can’t thank those people who scored nearly as much as they warrant, what a generous contribution ."
Contributed by Chuck Manning, President of Moose Old Skagit Gun Club
Last Saturday was the PITA Shooter Appreciation Shoot. This special shoot is held annually and recognizes all of our PITA shooters and workers with a complimentary salmon and oyster BBQ. Two handicap events are shot and the winners receive trophy buckles. There are also buckles for overall high total scores. (See the "Pita Events--PITA Shoot Results" webpage for pictures and full results.) This shoot could not be held without the work of many volunteers. Clarence and Angela Marcoff, neighbors of our club president Chuck Manning, pitched in with the kitchen work and preparation of the salmon and oysters. Don and Mary McMoran worked with the food preparation as well. Don McMoran, Don Alvis, Caron Grasso, Bill Harmon and Creige Scribner pitched in as scorekeepers. I am sure there were many others that I haven't mentioned who helped out as well. As has been said many times over, this club would not exist except by the efforts of the many members and friends who graciously provide uncountable hours of volunteer labor!!
The shooting continued on Sunday with the Buddy Backer. This fun shoot is for a team of two shooters that work together to "kill" clay targets. After 120 targets Jim Cleave and Gary Cooper had missed only 3 birds and won for a second consecutive year. Dustin Rindal and Jason Kennedy battled it out with them and were only one target short of forcing a shootoff.
This about winds up September but October 3 will be the start of the Winter Handicap Series. Be sure to check this out if you are interested in some fun competition. It is shot on the first Saturday of the month from October through March starting at 10 a.m. There are two 50-bird handicap events on each of the Saturdays. It is not necessary to shoot both events nor is it required to shoot every month. See the "Winter Handicap Series" webpage for more information.
September arrived as the Handicap Doubles League finished up. Congratulations to all those adventurous doubles shooters who tried something that was probably new to them--shooting doubles from handicap yardage. Jack Kennedy took top honors as HOA with his score of 170/200.
The Fall PITA Multiplex season will be starting on Thursday September 10 at 5 p.m. For those of you who have not shot PITA Registered Targets before, this is a good opportunity to start. The events are just 50 birds--and you can shoot singles, handicap, and/or doubles. There is also a sub-gauge event. Results are compiled across all clubs that participate and winners are determined by "Lewis Class". The Fall series goes through December. NOTE: Starting in October the Multiplex will move to the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. It will be held on the same day as the Winter Handicap Series.
Jumping ahead--the Winter Handicap Series will start in October on the Third, shooting will start at 10 a.m. More information will be posted shortly.
Back to September--September 19 will be the PITA Shooter Appreciation Shoot. There will be two 100-bird handicap events. This is usually our biggest shoot of the year and a nice end to the summer. On Sunday September 20 will be the Annual Buddy Backer Shoot. This shoot is open to everybody so find a buddy to shoot with or check at the desk for more information.
If you were planning on shooting in September at the Boy Scout Fundraiser be aware that the date has changed to November.
Shoot well and stay safe.
Our SPC Report for 2019 has now been posted on our "About" webpage. See what has been happening and is planned for the rest of this year.
Update--There will be an abbreviated Washington State Shoot the second weekend in September. The link to the program may be found on our "Home" page.
This summer seems to be flying by in spite or maybe because of everything that has been happening in our world.
The June PITA shoot was held, although attendance was down considerably. And the PITA MultiPlex has resumed on a monthly basis. See our "Calendar" as the dates have been a little different this year. (The MultiPlex will be held once a month on a Thursday through September. Starting in October, the MultiPlex will move to the first Saturday and be held on the same day as the Winter Handicap.)
In July the PITA Doubles Marathon was held but only drew a few shooters. This shoot is usually a good opportunity for doubles shooters to pick up extra targets prior to the state shoot and Grand. However, with both events cancelled this year.... This shoot as well as our doubles marathon in October, however, are still part of the Washington State Doubles League .
The .410 Championship finished up in July. Be sure to congratulate those adventurous shooters who participated. And congratulations to Gary Cooper for finishing up with the high total score. (See the "Fun Shoot" page for the complete results.)
And a new Doubles League has started. This will be shot from handicap yardage to level the playing field and create some extra interest for our more experienced doubles shooters. The first night had 17 participants to enjoy the fun. Rules and results are posted on the "Fun Shoots" page.
The Annual Shareholders' Meeting was held this month after being rescheduled from April. This is a closed meeting for shareholders only however much of the information shared at this meeting will be posted on the "About" webpage in the Social Purpose Report for 2019. Watch for it to be posted in the next few days.
As all of you are aware things keep changing daily, if not hourly. A mixture of good and bad but overall things seem to be improving. However, our thoughts go out to all those who have experienced loss at this time.
On the good news side the club has reopened and the .410 Championship will be resuming. Also the PITA Multiplex will be back in June. And, at this time, the June PITA Shoot at Old Skagit is scheduled to go on as planned.
On the bad news side the PITA Grand has been officially cancelled. The Washington State PITA Shoot is still on the schedule but be sure to refer to their website for any updates.
Starting on Thursday, May 7, the Gun Club will again be open for practice. Please be sure to practice social distancing and other safety practices to protect yourself and others. Other activities, including those that were postponed, will be rescheduled when appropriate. Be sure to visit the website and our Facebook page for updates.
During the time that the Club has been closed several Board Members and volunteers have been busy taking care that critical elements of the Club were maintained and that the grounds and facility remained safe and secure. I don't have all of your names but "Thank You" for your work!! Some of the things that have been going on include realigning and improving drainage along the east side of the property in preparation for planting trees to act as a buffer for our neighbors. Construction debris left over from the warehouse project has mostly been removed. Our new sign has been delivered and will be installed soon. Installation of the fence between the west parking area and fields 1 and 2 is in process. Keeping the Club running and in good shape would not be possible without everybody who pitches in and lends a hand, doing whatever is necessary.
See you back at Old Skagit!
Effective immediately all activities at Old Skagit are postponed until further notice and at least until April 1. This includes regular practice days and times as well as all organized activities. The .410 Championship series will be held at a later date. The Annual Shareholders' Meeting will be rescheduled as well as the Meals on Wheels fundraiser. Please check back for updates and stay well.
How quickly we got through January. The days started running together with all the rain and wind! The club made it through just fine and the weather is improving so come on out for practice or any of the planned events.
The International League started and is well under way at this point. Last weekend was hosted by Old Skagit and saw a good turnout of local shooters. Team Old Skagit is doing very well this year--see the standings on the "International League" page. Next weekend at Bellingham is another opportunity to shoot in the League without crossing the border. Come out and support Old Skagit's team and also the Bellingham Club. Bellingham is an easy club to get to and a great club and good people to shoot with.
The Winter Handicap Series is almost over. Next month is the last shoot in the series. After the second event there will be the "Champion of Champions" shoot off. This is always fun to watch and cheer for your favorite shooter. Come out and participate or shoot practice, stay for lunch, and watch the shoot off.
Also time to dust off your .410 shotgun and get in some practice in preparation for the 2020 .410 Championship that starts in March. More information can be found on the "Fun Shoots" page. This is a weekly competition as well as a seven-week league. Weekly prizes as well as the buckle for high score over all. Very challenging but also fun.
For the PITA shooters--programs for our shoots during 2020 are now posted. There will again be four "regular" shoots plus the two doubles marathons. Also remember the monthly Multiplex shoots. Be sure to check our calendar for the shoot dates.
Happy New Year! Our Annual New Year’s Day Fun Shoot was awesome.
Great turn out of seasoned shooters and novice. Food was great too. The day wouldn’t have happened without all the volunteers, Thank You!!
HOA (split) David Stevenson & Dennis Macy
Singles- Herk Sorsdal
Hdcp Slider- Jack Kennedy
Chip- Don Meece
Buddy Backer- Henry Park & Dustin Rindal
Provided by Heather Jackson
December is always a busy month for everybody and also for the club. The first week included the PITA Multiplex on Thursday night followed by the Winter Handicap shoot on Saturday. A week later on Saturday was the PITA Memorial Shoot. Now we can take a short rest and relax and enjoy the season.
The new year is just around the corner and January will be a busy month at the club. Things will start out with a Fun Shoot and General Club Meeting on Jan. 1. Everybody is welcome. (See the "Fun Shoots" page for full information and all shooting events are free!!) Also a potluck so bring your favorite dish.
The next Multiplex series will be starting and runs from January through April. Check our calendar for specific dates. The Multiplex is a good opportunity for shooters new to PITA competition as the events are 50 birds instead of the usual 100--and you can shoot as few or as many events as you like. See our "Pita Events" page for more information.
January 4 is the next Winter Handicap Series shoot. These are not PITA registered targets and the shoot is open to everybody. Two 50- bird handicap events with a break for lunch in between. You can shoot one or both events.
Also starting in January is the International League, an opportunity to visit some clubs both in the U.S. and Canada. More information will be posted shortly on our website but the dates are already available in the "Calendar" section. If you are concerned about what is involved with crossing the border with your gun talk to Jack Kennedy or Chuck Manning. They can give you the information you need and ease some fears. Or if you prefer to just shoot in the U.S., you can participate at Old Skagit and Bellingham Clubs and still have the opportunity for some fun and to meet new people.
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!!