Ethan Ferris Strikes at Thurmont, MD

 My son had a great 2 day shoot in Thurmont, MD. He won Pre-Sub singles category both days, hit his 1st 25 straight (was 1 shy of his 1st 50 straight) and shot an 89 personal best. He also shot better than his average for Handicap and Doubles. His hat took a beating but he was Very proud of him at 11 years old, snow, sleet, 30+ mph wind or perfect conditions he is out there on the line putting in the work. 

LuAnn Murray Makes 100th WV State Shoot Quilt to be Raffled Off Proceeds to Benefit WV AIM Program

LuAnn Murray has been hard at work creating a one of a kind, 100th Anniversary West Virginia State Shoot Commerative Quilt that will be raffled off at the WV State Shoot in July at the Winchester Gun Club. The raffle proceeds, will benefit the Jim Schad Memorial Fund established by the Schad Family to honor Jim's love of trapshooting. The Fund will provide assistance to West Virginia Youth Shooters who might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in our sport.

Jim Schad Tribute

Shelia Schad asked Nicholas Harden, WVATA Delegate, to speak at Jim's funeral. I have included his tribute below. Shelia also set up a fund in Jim's honor for WV youth shooting, The Jim Schad Memorial Fund. We have received to date $2550.00 in lieu of flowers and contributions be used for the WVATA Youth Program. LuAnn Murray has made a beautiful quilt honor the WVATA 100th year to be raffled off at the 100th WV State Shoot in July with proceeds going to Jim's Memorial Fund. A picture of the quilt and other items are posted in another post.

Nick's Tribute

Stephen M Ripley of Inwood Passes

Stephen McCullough Ripley, III, 91, of Inwood passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Canterbury.

Born Aug. 19, 1929 in Wheeling, WV he was the son of the late Stephen McCullough Ripley, II and Jessie Hill Ripley.

Steve was a veteran of the US Army having served in Korea.

He had been a teacher at Musselman High School where he coached the Musselman Basketball and Football teams for 14 years. He then went to Martinsburg High School as Assistant Principal and assistant coach with the football team. He later coached basketball at North Middle School.

Jim Schad Passes

Join Us for the WV Hall of Fame June 12 & 13 and the 100th WV State Shoot July 7-11 2021

Come Join us for the 15th Annual Hall of Fame shoot this June 12 & 13 2021 in Moundsville, WV at the Marshall County Hunting & Fishing Club. Five Hundred targets over two days, an AIM event will run concurrent with the Singles Championship. Over $1500.00 in Trophies and Added Money.

The 100th WV Trapshooting Championships starting July 7th thru the 11th. WV AIM CHampionships July 10th and 11th held at Winchester Gun Club, Stephenson, VA. Over $14000.00 in Trophies and Added Money. All shooters who presquad will be entered into a drawing for a flat of shells.

Jerry Woodrow Huffman


It is with sincere sadness that I report that WV Trapshooter Jerry Huffman of Williamstown, WV passed away Thursday April 1 2021.

WV Shooters at the 41st Southern Grand American

Currenty there are six shooters from WV competing in the 41st Southern Grand American this week. Fred Dague, Mark Isner, Chuck and Tammy Jackson, Doug Damron, Scott Ross. Doug Damron won Sr. Veteran Winner after carryover in Event 1 PRELIMINARY SINGLES with a 98. EVENT 4 - D BICKNELL SINGLES Chuck Jackson broke 98 and is currently in a carryover for Class A and Fred Dague is in a carryover for EVENT 7 - SINGLES CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP breaking 99 to tie for veteran winner . Congratulations and good luck to all, well done.

Scorched Earth Takes Advanage of Global Warming

Dague and Isner in AZ and Jackson in Florida

Fred Dague and Mark Isner travelled to Tucson last week to compete in the Autumn Grand American and compete they did. Fred shooting twenty five hundred targets breaking 100’s in events 4 & 18 and 200 in event 22 the Singles Championship. In event 3 the Class Doubles breaking 99 for Class A honors and Event 7 Tucson Doubles Championship won Class A with a 96 and 19 more in a shootoff. Fred also won the 25-26.5 yard group in the Tucson Handicap Championship with a 94, the HAA Veteran.

An Interview With Mark Isner 2021 All-American Sub Vet

I sat down with Mark Isner WV’s 2021 All American First Team Sub Veteran to discuss his All American journey.

  Mark learned to shoot at the age of six. His father, Pete, a machinist at Kaiser Aluminum, set up a .22 cal range in their basement in Ripley which consisted of an inch thick steel plate with a one inch bullseye. His dad advised when he could consistently hit the bullseye he would take him hunting.

New Trap Range in WV

There is certainly one thing that is uncommon today, that is to shoot at new trap range. I had the pleasure of shooting at one such range last Wednesday. Pete Landfried has built a trap range on his estate in Kenna, WV called  Scorched Earth Range, although clearly from the photographs posted it’s anything but.

Mark Isner of Ripley, WV Makes First Sub Veteran All American Team


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