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OK, OK, so we had a ‘last Friday of the month’ social meeting today, but here are some articles on Skeet Shooting History:
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History of Skeet and NSSA
Skeet differs from all other shooting sports, because it was originally developed to improve hunting in the field, and only later, because of its growing popularity, developed into a competitive sport. Its development was actually brought about because of the industrial revolution sweeping the country during the early 1900’s. Rural areas began growing at incredible speed, into large, sprawling, industrial cities.
Hunters were now finding it necessary to travel longer distances in order to find areas in which to hunt. When they finally arrived, they discovered the game was no longer as plentiful as it once was. Not only were hunters having a harder time finding game, but certain species had already been hunted into extinction. One example is the carrier pigeon.
The American Sportsman soon began to realize, some form of game conservation would have to be enacted. Eventually, it was, with game seasons, and bag limits, imposed on all hunters. Because of the shortened hunting season, hunters were now finding it harder and harder to get enough practice to become a decent shot. Some hunters turned to trap shooting to fine tune their hunting abilities. However, this was no help because of the lack of incoming and crossing shots.
In 1920, this problem was finally addressed by Charles Davis of Andover Mass. He was the owner of a dog kennel and an avid hunter. He spent many hours trying to devise a way to improve his field shooting. After trying and discarding many different types of plans he finally settled on an idea based on a field, laid out in a 50-yard circle. He called it “Shooting Around the Clock.” Around the circle, he placed 12 shooting stations, with a single trap, located at station 12. Shooters would fire two shots from each station, and one from the center, equaling a box of shells, or 25 shots. This layout provided almost every type of shot a hunter would encounter in the field.
All went well, until the owner of the adjoining property complained of falling shot on his land. To avoid any future problems, Davis cut his shooting circle in half, and put a second trap at the opposite end of his shooting field. This became the birth of the modern day skeet field.
This hunting practice field became so popular; it soon developed into a popular shooting game. Eventually, it was renamed Skeet, which is the Scandinavian word for Shoot. In 1926, the first National Skeet Championships were held, and shortly after, the National Skeet Shooting Association was formed.
By Barry Greenberg
June 2 – Board meeting at 6:50 a.m. at Perkin’s
June 5– Regular meeting at 7:00 a.m. at Scovill Golf Course
June 25– Orientation & Officer Installation Party at 6:00 p.m. at Yoder’s in Arthur
June 26 – Service To Mankind Awards Luncheon at Scovill Zoo Education Building
July 3-4– Midnight Bingo at the Majestic in Mt. Zion
VP Hugh Rowden reported that on Thursday, June 25 we’ll carpool to Yoder’s in Arthur for orientation of new members and installation of new officers. There we’ll enjoy the great food at an Amish style buffet! Spouses and significant others will be our special guests and other potential members are welcome.
May 29 2015
16 Sertomans and no guests came to Scovill Golf Course for a tasty breakfast and lots of conversation on our social meeting day. President Chuck Shonkwiler conducted the meeting; he regularly reminds his July 1 replacement, Tom Smith, that his turn is coming soon. During introductions, before I spoke I checked to see if our ‘wonderful, handsome, efficient’ sheriff, Stu Hawbaker, was present. So no fine this week.
VP Lance Gauble was absent today, but looking ahead at the summer sponsorship projects, we need many volunteers and new members, so ‘bring more guests.’
VP Will Sudduth was back from ‘scouting’ in Georgia, so reminded us that next Friday Mark Kennedy is scheduled to bring a speaker; on June12 it’s Bruce Logan’s turn and on June 19 it’s Tom Smith’s turn. Will distributed the list of program assignments for the next Sertoma year beginning July 1; there are just a few slots still open.
Sheriff Stu Hawbaker’s deputy, Mike Borders, collected our badges, then asked a tough trivia question: “What year was an electronic (?) skeet gun built and used only that one year because it failed soon after its first or second use?” After 16 incorrect guesses, Chuck Shonkwiler admitted that he watched Mike’s face as he reacted to the guesses and finally said the answer must be 1978. And it was. My Google Search found two interesting history articles about skeet shooting – below. Mike conducted a 50/50 draw-down and the last badge pulled was Dave Shield’s.
VP Norm Jensen had no report. I reminded attendees that the joint-club Service To Mankind Award Luncheon is on June 26 at the Scovill Zoo Educational Building; our morning meeting will be at noon that day. Spouses and other guests are welcome to attend.
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