Skeet Shoot-off ends season with a bang

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

It was a windy Saturday as skeet shooting enthusiasts and veterans gathered to enjoy the first skeet shoot off since 2016 at the Sportsmen’s Club Skeet Range.

The long awaited event was attended by shooters, their families and some children.

There were seven shooters: Ted Brockie, Connor Dent, Brad Houghton, Zac Manty, Jeremy McGuire, Jackson Tucker and Reg Weeks. Chris Dent kept the score for all rounds. He had additional responsibility for over-call of margin breaks.

There were two groups of skeet shooters who were taking turns trying to successfully hit all skeet birds. The first group consisted of Brockie, Dent, Manty and Weeks. The other three-person group was Houghton, McGuire and Tucker.

It was down to Houghton and McGuire in the last round.

This last round was unique in two ways: it was a tie between Houghton and McGuire, who both had to shoot doubles. But it was also when amateur skeet shooter Tucker scored the first 25 of the season. In awe and excitement, the spectators cheered for Tucker as he set the bar high for future seasons.

A total of seven experienced shooters took part in the Sportsmen’s Club Skeet Shoot-off. The event was won by Jeremy McQuire, with rookie Jackson Tucker shooting the first perfect score of the season. – Merna Emara photo

Brockie said he had challenged all shooters at the beginning of the season to a free box of top rate factory shells to any perfect round.

In one day, Tucker secured the “Most Improved” title and a topnotch gift from Brockie.

The event was also attended by skeet shooting veteran Len Noonan who presented three awards. The first one went to McGuire for winning the shoot off. Houghton won the best average for the season trophy and fifteen-year-old Tucker won the most improved award.

The Skeet Shooting Range pulled the plug for the season, but all shooters, young and old will be waiting eagerly for the coming season and the chance to get together again on the range.