Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame was instituted in 1994 to honor those members of the Wisconsin Skeet Shooting Association who have distinguished themselves by a high degree of proficiency in the sport of skeet shooting and/or by significant contributions to  the promotion and welfare of skeet shooting on the state or national level exhibiting in the process a high degree of dedication and sportsmanship to their fellow shooters. Hall of Fame criterion and procedures can be found here.

The nomination form can be found here. Please complete and deliver to the WSSA Secretary before May 1.
INDUCTEE

1994

Vic Reinders

NSSA All American Teams

Open Team Honorable Mention – 1947

Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (7 times) – 1940, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1962

12 Gauge Senior (3 times) – 1971, 1975, 1980

20 Gauge (10 times) – 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1958

28 Gauge (4 times) – 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954

410 Bore (9 times) – 1935, 1937, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956

HOA (10 times) – 1937, 1938, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958

 

Vic Reinders first shot skeet on July 2nd 1933 at Wingra Skeet Club in Madison, Wisconsin. He shot three rounds, each time shooting a nineteen.  Vic was using a FULL choke!  He continued to shoot skeet and in 1935 won his first Wisconsin skeet title in the .410.  Vic continued to win Wisconsin skeet titles and has over forty state titles to his credit. Vic became very proficient at skeet shooting and in 1943 was anointed skeet range officer at Brooks Field, San Antonio where he trained aerial gunners during World War Two.  At Brooks Field, Vic had a long run of 337 straight in 1943.  In 1947, Vic was named to the All-American Open Skeet Team – Honorable Mention.  Vic has won Wisconsin won Wisconsin skeet titles spanning over SIX decades.  Vic’s illustrious trapshooting career led to his induction into the ATA National Trapshooting Hall of Fame, The Wisconsin Trapshooting Hall of Fame, and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.  Vic Reinders was one of the founders of the Waukesha Gun Club in 1936.  Through 1993, Vic has shot 422,125 skeet targets. Vic’s NSSA card number is #306!

UPDATE (3/30/15): Vic Reinders passed away on June 22nd 1997.

Ed Scherer

NSSA Hall of Fame – Inducted 1974

World Titles

1951 – Dallas, TX – 20 Ga. Champion

1958 – Waterford, MI – 20 Ga Champion

1960 – Lynnhaven, VA – Champ of Champions

 

NSSA All American Teams

Open First Team – 1952, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1983

Open Second Team – 1951, 1956, 1964, 1970, 1985

Open Honorable Mention – 1984, 1986

Sub-Senior First Team – 1978

Sub Senior Second Team – 1981, 1982

Senior First Team – 1983 (Capt.), 1984 (Capt.), 1985 (Capt.), 1986 (Capt.), 1988

 

NSSA High Average Leader

HOA – 1956 (.9680)

12 Gauge 1956 (.9900), 1957 (.9975), 1964 (.9971)

20 Gauge – 1954 (.9815)

 

Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (11 times) – 1948, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1981

12 Gauge Sub-Senior (1 times) – 1979

12 Gauge Senior (1 times) – 1983

20 Gauge (3 times) – 1957, 1961, 1977

28 Gauge (3 times) – 1955, 1957, 1960

410 Bore (10 times) – 1948, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1981

HOA (13 times) – 1947, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969

Ed Scherer has been shooting skeet for over 54 years.  In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps and became a P-47 fighter pilot in the Pacific theater.  When Ed was not fighting the Japanese, he would enjoy shooting skeet with a Remington 31 pump shotgun supplied by the Corps.  After World War Two, Ed stayed in Okinawa with the opportunity to shoot skeet with supplied guns and ammunition.  This enabled Ed to hone his skeet shooting skills to a razor sharp level.  In 1947, he shot at his first major skeet shoot, the Alamo Open, and broke 249 X 250 with a borrowed gun. Since then Ed has been named to 13 All-American Open First Teams, won three World skeet titles, won over forty Wisconsin State skeet titles and was inducted into the NSSA Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame, in 1974.  His skill and communication abilities have enabled Ed to be a shooting instructor, produce several instruction videos and books and to become Field Editor for Skeet Shooting Review and Wing Shooting Editor for Sporting Clay Magazine.

UPDATE (3/30/15): Ed Scherer went missing while on a hunting trip in Ontario, Canada on November 1, 1995.  He was 73 at the time of his disappearance.  

1995

John Matchette



NSSA All American Teams

Open First Team – 1965

Open Second Team – 1964, 1966, 1968

 

NSSA High Average Leader

HOA 3rd – 1964 (.9760)

.410 Bore 2nd – 1964 (.9484)

 

Wisconsin State Titles

20 Gauge (2 times) – 1959, 1964

28 Gauge (3 times) – 1962, 1964, 1968

410 Bore (1 times) – 1964

HOA (1 times) – 1968

 

John Matchette’s skeet career started in the late 1950’s.  Mr. Matchette was a WSSA Director and served on the classification committee at numerous state shoots.  Mr. Matchette was named to FOUR NSSA All American Teams.  He is one of two Wisconsin Shooters to have been named to the NSSA All American Open 1st Team.  In 1964, he was among the NSSA’s high average leaders in HOA and the .410 bore.  Also in 1964, he won three state titles (20 Ga., 28 Ga., and .410 Bore) and was runner-up in HOA by one target.  In 1960, Mr. Matchette and Ed Scherer won the Two Man Team All Bore event at the Wisconsin State Shoot.  In 1957, Mr. Matchette along with Durant, Durant, Ernst, and Schlegel, won the Five Man Team Event at the Wisconsin State Shoot. John Matchette won Seven State Titles and was runner-up nine times in the various gauges and HOA. John Presently Resides in Florida.


Clarine Menzel

 

NSSA All American Teams

Woman’s Team – 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967 (Co-Capt.)

 

NSSA High Average Leader

Woman 12 Ga. 1st – 1964 (.9800)

Woman 20 Ga. 1st – 1963 (.9750), 1966 (.9768)

Woman 28 Ga. 2nd – 1966 (.9630)

Woman .410 Bore 3rd – 1966 (.8861)

Woman HOA 2nd – 1966 (.9606)

 

Wisconsin State Titles

20 Gauge Open (1 times) – 1963

12 Gauge Lady (6 times) – 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967

20 Gauge Lady (5 times) – 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966

28 Gauge Lady (1 times) – 1965

.410 Bore Lady (2 times) – 1965, 1966

 

Clarine Menzel’s registered skeet career started in the late 1950’s – early 1960’s.  The 1960 WSSA State Shoot Program lists Mr. and Mrs. Menzel as the WSSA State Shoot Welcoming Committee.  Mrs. Menzel was named to FIVE NSSA All American Teams.  In 1963, 1964, and 1966, she was among the NSSA’s high average leaders for women.  In 1963, she became the first and only woman to win an OPEN Wisconsin State Title (20 Ga.). During her shooting career, Mrs. Menzel won over fifteen lady state titles and numerous class wins.  In 1965, she was the first woman to shoot a 100 in the 12 Ga. during a Wisconsin State Shoot.  Clarine Menzel will be inducted into the NSSA’s Hall of Fame in October, 1995. Clarine presently resides in Arizona.

1998

Warren Joerndt


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (3 times) – 1973, 1976, 1978

20 Gauge (1 times) – 1975

410 Bore (4 times) – 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980

HOA (3 times) – 1973, 1974, 1975


Major Accomplishments

400x400 – July 5th, 1981 Firecracker Open, North Shore Winchester Gun Club

Warren Joerndt’s skeet shooting career started in 1967 with five hundred 12 Ga. Registered targets.  In 1982, he shot the first 400x400 in this state’s history, with four different guns.  He was a WSSA board member for twelve years and on the All-State Team thirteen times.  Warren Joerndt won Eleven State Titles (3-HOA, 3-12Ga., 1-20Ga., and 4-.410 Bore) along with numerous runner-up titles.  He still enjoys shooting and resides in Wisconsin

UPDATE (3/30/15): Warren Joerdnt passed away on May 25, 2013 after a battle with ALS.

Tom Joerndt


Wisconsin State Titles
12 Gauge (4 times) – 1971, 1972, 1979, 1983

20 Gauge (4 times) – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1983

28 Gauge (4 times) – 1972, 1977, 1978, 1983

410 Bore (3 times) – 1978, 1983, 1985

HOA (7 times) – 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983

Zone Titles

20 Gauge – 1986

Tom Joerndt (Wa-Tash) began shooting registered skeet in 1967.  Starting from 1970, he was a member of the All-State Team fifteen times, five times as the captain.  He has twenty-two State Championships, (7-HOA, 4-12Ga., 4-20Ga., 4-28Ga., and .410 Bore 3 times).  In 1983 he won all four titles at the state shoot. In 1982 along with his brother Warren they had an unofficial Two Man Team World Record HOA of 799x800.  He was also a WSSA board member for eight years.  Tom resides in Wisconsin; he owns and operates Winchester Gun Club.


John Ernst, Jr.


Wisconsin State Titles
12 Gauge (2 times) – 1958, 1963

20 Gauge (1 times) – 1956

28 Gauge (2 times) – 1956, 1958

.410 Bore (1 times) - 1962

John Ernst Jr. began shooting skeet in 1946 on the recommendation of his good friend Ed Scherer.  Shooting low gun he captured his first State Title in 1956.  He won six State Titles in total.  In 1957, Mr. Ernst along with Matchette, Durant, Durant, and Schlegel, won the Five Man Team Event at the State Shoot.  He has several Great Western titles and was State HOA runner-up twice.  John was a F-94 pilot and after the war would fly with Ed Scherer to some shoots.  John now resides in Wisconsin and enjoys playing golf.


Frank Mazanet


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (3 times) – 1935, 1938, 1942

20 Gauge (1 times) – 1941

28 Gauge (1 times) - 1941

HOA (1 times) – 1935

Frank Mazanet started shooting skeet in 1932 at the Winga Skeet Club.  At his first State Shoot in 1935 he won the HOA and 12 Ga. Titles.  He won six State Titles in total.  He was the first person to shoot 99x100 at the State Shoot.  His favorite gun for shooting skeet was a Remington Model 32.  Franks last recorded registered skeet targets were in 1960.  Frank presently resides in Madison.


1999

Carl Sorensen


Wisconsin State Titles

20 Gauge ( times) – 1979

28 Gauge ( times) – 1981  

.410 Bore ( times) – 1972

HOA ( times) – 1981 

Carl Sorensen began shooting in 1967. Starting in 1968, he was a member of the All State Team, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1982 and was Captain in 1981.  Carl has won state titles in 20, 28, .410 and HOA.  He has been named Captain of the N.S.S.A. All American Senior Team.  In 1983 he was named to the Senior first team.  In 1992 & 1993 he was named to the All American Veteran 2nd Team.  In 1994 he was named honorable mention to the Veteran All American Team.  1996 Veteran All American 2nd Team.

 1981 Carl ran 250x250 at the World Shoot and took Senior Champion and AA-1st and won the Senior HOA Championship.

 Carl currently holds the record for most registered targets by a Wisconsin shooter in excess of 206,500.

 Carl is now retired and lives in Racine with his wife and is still shooting registered targets.


2000


Steve Schneider


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (2 times) – 1989, 2007

20 Gauge (2 times) – 1976, 1978

28 Gauge (3 times) – 1976, 1979, 1985

.410 Bore (3 times) – 1975, 1982, 1993

HOA (3 times) – 1976, 1979, 1982

Major Accomplishments

Doubles Preliminary Champ –World Championships

Doubles Preliminary Runner Up – World Championships

NSSA All American Teams

Open Second Team - 1976

Steve Schneider began his shooting career in 1971 “because I couldn’t hit anything with a shotgun”.  Steve said he learned about shooting by watching and talking with better shooters at the club.
When he got into registered skeet shooting, he spent a lot of time observing the best shooters and “getting into discussions about the most important aspect of competitive shooting, the mental game”.
During Steve’s shooting career, he won “a few championships at Windy City Warm-Ups in Palos, Illinois, a few at the Old Dutch in Minneapolis, and 1 at the 3-I in Peoria, and a couple class wins at the Mid-America shoot”.
Steve and his wife are the 1st and only husband and wife to shoot a 200x200 in the 12 ga. in Wisconsin.
Steve Schneider’s State titles number 12.  Beginning in 1972 he has won the .410 title in 1975, 1982, and 1993, the 28 gauge title in 1976 and 1978, the 12 ga. title in 1989 and the HOA titles in 1976, 1979, and 1982.
On the National level, he distinguished himself by being named to the 2nd team All American in 1976 (22-100’s on 4600 targets), using 1100’s.  All this was done before tube sets!!  At the world shoot, he won the following titles, Doubles Preliminary Champ, and Doubles Preliminary RU., AAA2nd .410 and HOA AA2 with a score of 547.  Steve ended his shooting career in 1993, with a top HOA average of 98.61 and a career target total of 53,050.

UPDATE (3/30/15): Steve made a small comeback to registered skeet shooting from 2007 to 2009 resulting in winning the 12 Gauge State Championship in 2007.  Steve has now retired from competitive shooting but is still active at Wausau Skeet and Trap.  Steve Retired in 2010 and is enjoying spending his time fishing for bass and muskies as well as doing some work around his daughter's property.  Steve enjoys reading and going on his eight mile a day walks.

Jim Settlage


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (2 times) – 1968, 1980

20 Gauge (2 times) – 1960, 1969

28 Gauge (2 times) – 1959, 1966

.410 Bore (1 times) – 1961

NSSA All American Teams

Junior First Team - 1958

Jim Settlage began his shooting career in 1954 as a junior shooter.  He won junior titles in 1954, 1955, 1956, and in 1958.  In 1958, he was named to the Junior All American Team.
Shortly after his junior career ended, he began winning open titles. Beginning in 1959 with the 28 gauge title, he followed that with two in the 12 ga., in 1968 and 1980.  In 1960, he won his first 20 ga. title and repeated in 1969.  In 1965, he again won another 28 ga. title. In 1961, Jim won his .410 title.
By the time Jim retired in 1982, he had shot for four decades. Jim was the first Junior shooter to make the jump from junior to adult with equal success.  After a five year lay off from 1971 to 1976, Jim returned to shooting and was named to four consecutive All State Teams.
Jim retired with over 54,000 registered targets.  He now lives in Michigan and still returns to Wisconsin to visit family and friends.


2001

John Celebre


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (3 times) – 1990, 1992, 1994

20 Gauge (3 times) – 1984, 1985, 1995

.410 Bore (1 times) – 1999

HOA (3 times) – 1985, 1992, 1999

HAA (1 times) - 1999

 

John Celebre, the cigar smoking fireman from Kenosha, took up skeet with the hope that his hunting skills would improve and he could bag more ducks.  He shot a few registered targets in 1972 but took the sport seriously beginning in 1976.  Shooting must have come easily to him because he quickly attained a HOA average over ninety six percent in 1977, and the ducks began to fall regularly.

John claims the rare distinction of having a shoot named after him and not having to die to achieve fame.  The famous “Celebre Fly-In” held at Faskell’s club was dedicated to John because of his ineptness at the controls of a plane.  The story, according to John, was that Bernie Faskell assured him that a place could land at his club, but that the landing should be toward the south; i.e. toward the highway.  As it turned out, the wind was from the north (behind the plane), and as John approached the “landing strip” he recalls, I cut the power (but) the airplane would not stop flying.  It just kept floating and eating up ground.”  As he (and eventual wife Laurie) raced past a couple of Bernie’s trucks and assorted cars parked along the field, he shouted, “We’re going to crash!”  They skidded through the front parking lot and onto the highway where the front wheel came to rest on the white line.  John and Laurie looked out the window into the astonished face of a motor home driver who was now cross-wise in the road.  John calmly motioned him around, taxied the plane into the parking lot, and proceeded to break a hundred in the 20 gauge.  John was named to the All-State First Team 6 times.  Over the years John won eleven state championships.  As recently as 1999, he won the .410 and the HOA events at the State Shoot while carrying a .9825 four gun average for the shooting year.

Orrin Piepenburg


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (3 times) – 1984, 1986, 1996

20 Gauge (3 times) – 1980

28 Gauge (3 times) – 1980, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1997

.410 Bore (1 times) – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2000

Doubles (1 times) – 2005

HOA (3 times) – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

HAA (1 times) – 1996, 2000

 

Orrin Piepenburg can’t remember when he started shooting skeet, but he does recall that he switched from trap shooting to skeet when a field was installed at his local Reedsville club.  The first stage of his career began sometime before 1970, but those records seem to have been lost.  Orrin recalls that those were the days when singles were shot at each station, then shooters proceeded to circle the field again to shoot doubles at stations one, two, six and seven.  During this early period orrin was influenced by another Hall of Fame member, Jim Settlage (2000).  Orrin reminds us that in those days it was not unusual to drive to a shoot in a pickup and then sleep in it.  When Orrin began his shooting, he used a set of four Remington 870s.  He still has a matched set of weighted 28 ga. and .410 Remingtons. He soon graduated to a set of Remington 1100s.  In 1977, Orrin tubed a Winchester 101 with Purbaughs.  While he wasn’t the first to have a tubed gun, many people thought the idea was a bit weird and referred to the “tinker toys” that had to be put together rather carefully.

 

Orrin began his “second” career in skeet in 1976. Since that time he has registered more than 150,000 NSSA targets.  He has been named to the All-State First Team 16 times.  He was named Captain 3 times. He was won twenty-one state championships.  During this time, he captured wins at the Wisconsin State Championships in HAA, HOA, 12, 20, 28 Gauge and .410 Bore.  Fiver times he won HOA including four in a row from 1984 to 1989.  In 1988 he broke a 399 to take the HOA-still the highest score in this event.  One of Orrin’s most impressive accomplishments has been his success with the .410. Five times he has won the state .410 crown – more wins in that event than any other shooter.  His skills remain as evidenced by his win in the .410 last year (2000).  Now a “Senior” shooter, Orrin reminds us that “I ain’t done yet.”

2002

Jim Dawson


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (3 times) – 1988, 1991, 1997

20 Gauge (2 times) – 1988, 1991

28 Gauge (3 times) – 1987, 1991, 1995

.410 Bore (1 times) – 1991

Doubles (5 times) – 1984, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1998

HOA (2 times) – 1991, 1997

HAA (3 times) – 1987, 1991, 1992

Zone Titles

28 Gauge – 1990

.410 Bore – 1991

HOA – 1991 


Major Accomplishments

400x400 – July 7th, 1991, July Open, Waukesha Gun Club

400x400 – Feb 16th, 1994, Mid-Week Open, Black Canyon Trap and Skeet

James Dawson was “Mr. Skeet” in Wisconsin from the mid-eighties to the late nineties – the sport’s hey-day in the state.  As one of the movers and shakers at the club and state levels, He promoted the game and made it fun for all classes of shooters. Jim raised money for shoots and cajoled people into getting involved. Jim’s enthusiasm for skeet rubbed off on everyone including his regular team members – Mark Reichow, Orrin Piepenburg, John Celebre, and Ron Duffy. As Jim is quick to say, it is the people you meet and the camaraderie among the shooters that make the game fun.

Jim had fun, but he was also a terrific competitor who loved to win. And he won a lot, but only after paying his dues by working his way up the ladder of classes. He learned that practice had to be focused if his skills and mental toughness were to improve.  Improve he did. In his best year of shooting, 1991, he broke forty-two 100 straights. That same year he overwhelmed a tough field of competitors by winning all four gun titles along with HOA and HAA at the state shoot.  He also broke his first of two 4X4s in ’91. Over the years at Wisconsin State Championships he collected fourteen gun titles along with two HOA and two HAA crowns.

Mark Reichow


World Titles

.410 Bore – 1990 Runner Up

Doubles – 1992 Champion

Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (1 times) – 2008

20 Gauge (1 times) – 2007

28 Gauge (2 times) – 1990, 1992

.410 Bore (2 times) – 1989, 2006

Doubles (2 times) – 1994, 2010

HOA (1 times) – 1993

HAA (3 times) – 1993, 1994, 2007

Zone Titles

12 Gauge – 1994 

Major Accomplishments

400x400 - September 25th, 1994 World Shoot Warm-up, Waukesha Gun Club

500x500 – September 25th, 1994 World Shoot Warm-up, Waukesha Gun Club


Mark Reichow’s first skeet career in the 1970’s is shrouded in mystery. Neither the NSSA nor Mark will say much about it. After nearly a decade of inactivity, Mark acquired a new NSSA number in 1989, and in his first state shoot that year won the.410 championship. During the next five years, Mark was one of the hottest shooters in the state. His four-gun Average never dipped below .9800 and he collected four more state gun championships, an HOA, two HAAs and a Zone 5 title during this period.

Yet the Most Impressive aspect of Mark’s career was his success at World Shoots.  At Savannah in 1990, he was Runner-Up in the .410 event. His Shoot-off in the stadium field against twelve other perfect shooters in the little gun was truly exciting. Again in Savannah in 1992, Mark impressed his Badger State followers even more when he outlasted twenty-six competitors in the doubles event shoot-off.  A very expensive bottle of champagne was consumed in celebrating his championship.  Mark and fellow Hall of Fame member Ed Scherer are the only Wisconsinites to have won a World Shoot title. Mark’s all too brief career came to a dramatic but satisfying end for him in 1994 with a 5x5 at Waukesha, his last shoot in the state as a Wisconsin resident.
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UPDATE (3/30/15): At the end of 1994 Mark and his wife took early retirements from Wisconsin Bell/Ameritech, bought a sailboat a took off to the Caribbean.  His last shoot in Wisconsin before leaving was the World Shoot Warm-up at Waukesha Gun Club where he ran his 5x5. Mark shot very little over the next dozen years. In 2007 Mark's wife Kathy's cancer returned, and after getting his with three major hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, they decided it was time sell the boat and get closer to home. Sadly Kathy passed away in 2008. Mark now can be found occasionally at a skeet shoot in Wisconsin shooting with his son Aaron.

From Mark:    At my first World Shoot in 1990 I won RU .410 in a 13-way shootoff of 100's, and with JD won the .410 2-man World title with a 199x200 outright. That set the hook. 1992 was the year I won the doubles in a 27-way shootoff and also won the 28ga 2-man title with Orin in a short 5-way shootoff of 200's against some great shooters. (Orin and I were STUNNED deer in the headlights.) Also won the 1994 28ga. 5-man World title with JD, Orin, Dave West, and Stew Rempert shooting 497x500.

I shot with the best squad I guy could have - JD, Celebre, and Orin. As I've often said, I don't think we could have put together a better squad, or an atmosphere more conducive to breaking good scores, if we'd tried. The goal was always to carry everyone to the shootoff and settle it there. And they made it fun, even on a bad day.


2004

Gary Wehlage


Wisconsin State Titles

28 Gauge (2 times) – 2001, 2007

.410 Bore (1 times) – 2001

Zone Titles

12 Gauge – 1997

Doubles – 2000 

With the hope of improving his field shooting skills, Gary joined Middleton Sportsmen’s Club around 1970.  Initially trap was the game, but he soon saw that the guys on the skeet field were having more fun.  He bought a skeet barrel for his 87- trap gun and joined in.  In those days at Middleton, instruction in how to shoot skeet wasn’t available.  Shooters just copied someone who seemed to break quite a few targets and, of course they acquired some bad habits along the way—such as shooting heavy loads through the 870.  Eventually the recoil took its toll on Gary and he eventually developed the dread “flinch.”

In 1979 he registered his first NSSA targets and during the early ‘80s he mainly shot the 12 and 20 gauge events.  It wasn’t until about ’85 that he began to take the game seriously, but flinching kept him from shooting those elusive hundred straights.  In 1992 he went to the World at Savannah and among the scores he posted were three ninety-nines—each miss the result of a flinch.  That winter he began shooting a “release” trigger and has used one ever since.

Gary made the All-State second team three times in the early nineties, but then work got in the way and his shooting schedule was light for several years until he retired from UW-Madison in ’97.  With retirement he had time to practice and take in more shoots.  It was in the fall of ’97 that “coach” Bruce Ramos convinced him to register another hundred twelve-gauge targets so that he would be eligible for the NSSA All American Senior team, and he was subsequently names to the Honorable Mention squad.  In following years he was named second team All American twice and first team once.  Over a seven-year span beginning in ’98, he made first team once.  Over a seven-year span beginning in ’98, he made first team All-State five times.  During this stretch he managed some major wins: two Zone 5 gun titles, two State Championships, and two wins against some of the country’s top competitors at the Kachina Open in Phoenix.  For one of the latter he squared off against a long line of shooters that included Todd Bender, Robert Paxton, and Mike Schmidt.

Gary’s skeet career doesn’t stop here.  Gary spent several years on the board of Sauk Prairie Gun Clun running their skeet leagues as well as their registered programs.  He also spent several years as the Vice President of the Wisconsin Skeet Shooting Association.  His dedication to promoting as well as shooting skeet makes Gary a welcome addition to our Hall of Fame.


James Rasmussen


Wisconsin State Titles

28 Gauge (1 times) – 1994

.410 bore (1 times) – 1992

Doubles (1 times) – 1989

HAA (1 times) – 1989

Jim began honing his skills in the mid 40’s.  His mentor Vic Reinders was his chief instructor.  He began his career as a trap shooter at the tender age of 15.  He promptly went down to Vandalia Ohio to the Grand American trap shoot and tied for the Grand American Handicap Championship.  He then left shooting to further his academic pursuits.  He finished college and went on to medical school. With a family and career well underway he then decided to get back into shooting.  In 1983 he joined the NSSA.  With his mentor Vic he proceeded to begin his skeet career.  Along the way his other mentor Ed Scherer joined the team.  It didn’t take Doc long to start his winning ways.  By 1990 he had already won numerous titles along with his first state title in doubles.  In the early 90’s Doc hooked up with Mike Schmidt from Minnesota and toured with Mike for the next 10 years.  While with Mike he won several more state titles.  Doc’s biggest influences in skeet have been fellow hall of fame members Vic Reinders and Ed Scherer.  In 1989 Doc shot 2000 registered 410 targets while maintaining a 97 average.  During his illustrious career Doc has amassed over 125,000 registered targets.

2007

Dave Hovarter


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (1 times) – 2006

20 Gauge (1 times) – 1993

Doubles (2 times) – 2000, 2001

HOA (1 times) – 1998

Zone Titles

20 Gauge – 2001

Dave began shooting registered skeet in 1988 after taking the Hunter's safety course with his son, Mike. His first shot were fired at the old Faskell's gun club. Initially he shot both trap and skeet but found the camaraderie of the skeet circuit more to his liking. Over the years he developed close and valued friendships with a number of the shooters, and he holds fond memories of several who have passed on, including Bernie Faskell, Bud Wittich, and Mike O'Shefsky. 

At the height of his shooting career, Dave registered about 8000 targets per year. He continues to shoot his trusty Beretta 682 that he purchased in 1991. The gun has been good to him, having broken many good scores. As of July 1, 2007 he had broken 86 one hundred straights. over the years he made the All-State Second Team seven times and All-State First Team three times. He won five State Championship gun titles and two Zone 5 gun titles. 

The peak of his career was 2001, when he won the following championships: 
        1) Zone 5 20 gauge
        2) State Doubles
        3) Sauk Prairie Bald Eaglet HOA (399)
        4) Jeff Myers HAA (498)
That year he maintained AAA averages in all guns. 

Dave and Becky have been contributors to the skeet game for many years. She performs the essential management tasks behind the desk, while he can be found on the field in his role as "skeet Nazi" hustling squads and adjusting machines. In 2000 Dave and Becky were both recipients of the Bill Spear Service Award, and Dave currently serves on the WSSA Board of Directors. Dave cut a unique figure on the skeet field, and he will always be remembered for his fast pace as squad leader and the ever-present cigar while shooting.

2008

Blake Hanson



Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (1 times) – 2004

20 Gauge (3 times) – 1999, 2008, 2009

28 Gauge (1 times) – 2004

.410 Bore (1 times) 
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2009 

HOA (4 times) – 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009

HAA (5 times) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

Blake began shooting targets in the summer of 1989 when a friend from work invited him to the Brown County Sportsmen’s Club.  A serious bird hunter, Blake wanted to improve his hunting marksmanship and he shot both trap and skeet for a while.  He liked the fact that he could burn up a lot of ammo but not have to clean any birds at the end of the day.  By 1992 skeet was his favorite game, and he was good enough to start shooting competitively.  Over the years he kept his dad’s advice in mind: “Don’t be afraid to win.”  In shooting more than 55,000 registered targets, Blake has stored away a lot of great memories: nice people he met along the way and the many wins he posted.

Blake’s success as a competitor began to blossom in 1995 when he started traveling to some of the larger shoots.  He teamed with Orrin Piepenburg and Dave Hovarter (both Hall of Fame members), and he gives them credit for finding the right moments to coach him and those times to leave him alone even though he might be struggling.  Over the past fifteen years, Blake has amassed more than fifty 100 straights.  His best year for average was in 2005 when his HOA was 97.92.  Blake made first team All-State four times and the second team four times.  His impressive list of wins includes eight state titles with five of them either HOA or HAA.  His seven Zone 5 titles include five during the most recent 2008 shoot.  He enters the Hall of Fame at the top of his game.


Blake lives in Green Bay with his wife Kris and their daughter Abby.  His business as an industrial painting contractor keeps him busy.  Despite his many obligations, he finds time to hunt birds with his two English setters, Jenna and Casey.


Zone Titles

12 Gauge – 2008

28 Gauge – 1995

.410 Bore
– 
2008

Doubles
 – 
2004, 2008

HOA
 – 
2008

HAA
 – 2008

Stewart Rempert



Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (2 times) – 1999, 2000

20 Gauge (2 times) – 1990, 1992

28 Gauge (1 times) – 2000

Doubles (1 times) – 1991

HOA (1 times) – 2000

HAA (2 times) – 1998, 2002

Stew comes from a shooting family and he began pulling the trigger at such age that his dad, Cal, had to kneel and rest the gun, a twelve gauge with a .410 insert, over his shoulder.  Like many beginners, he started with trap as his clay target sport.  In 1984 he began shooting ATA targets and quickly became one of the better shooters in the state.  In 1989 he was named to the Wisconsin All State Trap team with averages of 98.08 in singles, 91.31 in handicap, and 94.09 in doubles.  About the same time he discovered the skeet game and made the switch.  During his first years in skeet he was influenced by Jim Dawson, John Celebre (both Hall of Fame members) and Mike Schmidt, Jr.

Skeet proved to be Stew’s game and he became one of the state’s best. During his career between 1989 and his much too early retirement in 2002, during this period Stew amassed over 72,000 registered targets.  Stew was named first team All-State nine times, and captain once.  While active on the registered shooting circuit, he won nine state gun titles including one HOA and two HAA championships.  In 2001 his four gun HOA average was .9849 which ranked him among the nation’s top shooters.  He is one of only three men in the history of Wisconsin clay target shooting to make first team All-State in both trap and skeet.  Special skills and dedication are evident in this very unusual accomplishment.

Stew was able to travel to some of the larger shoots outside of the state where he competed with the best.  His championships include the doubles event at the U.S. Open in 1991 (outlasting Wayne Mayes in a shoot-off).  At the World in in1992 at Savannah, he won Class AA in the .410, and in 1993 at the World in San Antonio he broke an amazing 648 out of 650 targets to take third place in the High All Around event.

Now living in Kewaskum with his wife Cheryl, he pursues his trade as a welder.  His shooting is more recreational these days confined mainly to a local trap league.


2011

Jim Decker


Wisconsin State Titles

20 Gauge (1 times) – 2006

28 Gauge (3 times) – 2003, 2008, 2012

Doubles
 
(2 times) 
– 
2008, 2013

HOA (1 times) – 2010

Zone Titles

20 Gauge – 2000

28 Gauge – 2009, 2010

Before skeet, bowling was his game.  At one time Jim bowled seven leagues a week, but a Brown County club member (“Tiny”) talked him into trying a “man’s game.”  After one session he was hooked and bought a Remington 1100, but picking up the empties was not to his liking.  A Browning 12 gauge served him for two years, but soon he had the urge to get a tube set and bought a Beretta from Faskell’s gun shop.  Thus began a great skeet shooting career.

Jim won many events over the past decade not only in Wisconsin but also on the road competing against the best.  For example, he broke a 398 at Detroit’s Motor State and repeated this score at the Mini World in 2002 and then added a 546 in the main event.  At the World Shoot in 2005 and 2006 he broke hundreds in doubles both years to win back to back AA-1.  Shooting with the best must have helped build consistent scores because between 2001 and 2010 he broke 390 or better fifty-eight times in the HOA event. In 2004 he had a string of eleven consecutive shoots at which he broke 390 or better in the HOA event.  

Over the years Jim racked up eight Wisconsin and Zone 5 championships including the State 28 Gauge twice and the Zone 28 gauge twice.  His registered target total has now passed the 50,000 mark and counting.  Jim received Wisconsin All State First Team honors on numerous occasions and was awarded Captain twice.  For all his glittering records, Jim has occasionally been bitten by the skeet demons. Recently at the 3-I shoot in Peoria an eye dominance problem developed.  He broke an 82 in the twelve gauge event.  In desperation he went to a local chiropractor who performed an “adjustment” to his sternum.  Of course, this produced no improvement in his shooting.  But Jim persevered, made some of his own “adjustments” and is again breaking hundreds and winning gun titles.

Jim’s skeet shooting prowess is apparent from the records, but he also deserves recognition as a major promoter of the sport.  For many years he has hosted the Dragon Lady, the premier added money shoot in the state.  He also has served as president of the Brown County Sportsmen’s Club and he and Judy have served on the Wisconsin Skeet Shooting Association’s Board of Directors for a number of years.

A good shooter and a good citizen of the sport make Jim Decker a highly deserving member of the WSSA Hall of Fame.


2013

Phil Plesetz


Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (1 times) – 1998

20 Gauge (2 times) – 2000, 2014

28 Gauge (1 times) – 1999

HOA (1 times) – 2000

Back in the 90s when Phil finished college and completed getting his aviation ratings, he decided to purchase a gun and get back into clay target shooting. When he was around 19, Phil purchased a Citori and dabbled in 16-yard trap merely shooting leagues at a local club. This club also had two skeet fields, which always intrigued him. On a few occasions, he gave it a try. He enjoyed the challenge and had a good time even though his scores weren't all that impressive. 

Once he had some cash in hand again, Phil decided to buy a target gun, but this time it would be for skeet--a Browning Citori. A short time after seeing a tube set, he had one ordered. He shot at the two local clubs in Sheboygan. Although he changed guns once for longer barrels (28 to 32 inch), a Browning was the gun of choice during most of his skeet shooting years. 

He recalls practicing every change he had on weekends, as he started shooting registered targets soon after his tube set was returned. Phil shot a lot, to the tun of 2 or 3 rounds per day on Saturday and Sunday, and even took a 4-hour lesson with Wayne Mayes. Then he met Mike Schmidt at shoot in Vegas, as traveling to tournaments was the thing to do. He said to him, "I want to take a lesson from you." Mike responded, "Sure, but not until the shooting season ends; call me after the World Shoot." Phil gave him a day or two to get home and then called. Mike had not forgotten. "Come on up," Mike said, "and stay the weekend at my place, and it won't cost you a dime other than your rounds you shoot" ($1 a round). Mike said they could shoot four hours each day at Wayzeta Country Club, so Phil asked how many shells he should bring. Mike's responded, "A thousand should work, but if we run out, I have plenty!" Phil remembers they shot 1500 that weekend. 

That training weekend led to a long, ongoing friendship, which included being a squad-mate with Mike and many others over the years. Practicing a 1000+ targets per weekend became the norm for Phil and many of his fellow shooters in the area such as Peppy, Petie, and Decker to name a few. Mike's guidance and Phil's practice with his skeet friends enabled him to reach AAA in all guns in a limited amount of time and the following championships: 
        1) State 12 gauge
        2) Kachina HOA RU (100 straight in .410)
        3) State HOA CH (398) plus two other state titles
Phil has been on several All-State First Teams, including serving as captain. He has also been on the All-Zone Team and the 2009 All-American Team. 

Phil has many fond memories from the past days of shooting with everyone: painting barrels white for night shoot-offs, mounting a broom like a gun at Becky's trailer in San Antonio to discuss hold point and starting techniques, and a flooded truck and trailer at the Blue Grass followed by a tornado that wiped out the skeet fields shortly after pulling out to head home. His favorite local club is Brown County, hands down, and his favorite shoot is the North Star as he shot well there with back-to-back HOA wins. 

Because his job as a machinist slowed to the point of getting laid-off so did the skeet shooting fund, which forced him to go back to flying. As a junior pilot, Phil worked weekends, which obviously didn't line up very well with shooting tournaments and forced him to back away from the game quickly. 

Phil's wife can attest to the fact that he spent a lot of money shooting skeet tournaments and practicing, as many others have. But if given the opportunity to spin back time to get that cash back, he said he wouldn't, because the trade-off isn't there. Skeet shooting was worth every cent, because of the friends he met. Now an induction into the Wisconsin State Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame is just icing on the cake. 

2015

Kody Kuehnl


World Titles

1995 Junior 20 Gauge Champion

1995 Junior Champion of Champions

1997 Collegiate HOA Champion (399x400)

1998 Collegiate Doubles Champion

Wisconsin State Titles

20 gauge (1 times) - 2001

410 bore (2 times) – 1995, 1996

Doubles (3 times) – 1995, 1997, 1999

HOA (2 times) – 1995, 1996

HAA (2 times) – 1995, 1997

Major Accomplishments

400x400 – May 24-25, 1997 Hawk Open, Waukesha Gun Club

400x400 – August 1-2, 1998 Jeff Myers Memorial, Waukesha Gun Club

500x500 – May 24-25, 1997 Hawk Open, Waukesha Gun Club

NSSA All-American Teams

1994 Junior Honorable Mention

1995-Junior First Team

 1996 Junior First Team (Co-Captain)

 1997 Collegiate Second Team

 1998 Collegiate First Team

 1999 Collegiate First Team

Kody Kuehnl, of Manitowoc, WI began his registered skeet shooting career in 1991 at age 13 and shot during what some might consider the “Golden Age” of skeet shooting in Wisconsin.  His desire and passion for shooting came from his father, David (1940-2009), who was an avid outdoorsman and registered target shooter in trap, and later, skeet.  In fact, David missed Kody’s birth as he was competing at the Wisconsin State Trap Shoot that week.  The cliché, “the apple doesn’t fall from the tree” certainly holds true for Kody.

Kody’s eleven years shooting registered skeet in Wisconsin, although brief, were very productive and are marked with stats most any skeet shooter would be proud of, this despite competing as a junior or collegiate for most of this time.  One might think that his first Wisconsin state shooting title would have come in skeet, however, it actually came during the 1994 Wisconsin State Trap Shoot, at the age of 16, where he captured the 1994 Handicap Championship besting over 700 shooters including 7 in a shoot-off (he was the only one to run the box).  However, ten state skeet shooting championships were soon to follow, with perhaps the most impressive being a 1995 HOA championship (where Kody broke 399x400) and a 1995 HAA championship (498x500).  In addition to these achievements, during this time Kody was a regular member of the All-State Team (7 times), including captain four times and was also a member of the All Zone team (Captain twice), and NSSA All American Junior and Collegiate Teams (6 times).

 

One of Kody’s greatest strengths in shooting was his consistency.  Of the 40,950 registered targets he accumulated while in WI, Kody broke 90 one-hundred straights (22%, 8.2 per year). His most productive year came in 1997 when he broke 25 perfect scores (45.5 % for that year) and finished with career high averages in 12 gauge (99.50), 20 gauge (99.45), 410 bore (97.70), Doubles (97.66), High Overall (98.87), and High All Around (98.63).  His HOA average ranked 17th in the world that year.  His high average in the 28 gauge (99.27) came one year later. Also in 1997, Kody won the Collegiate World HOA Championship with a 399x400 (tied for the highest score ever shot at the Junior World), the State Doubles and HAA titles (497x500), and, perhaps most impressive, shot a perfect shoot breaking a 500x500 at the Hawk Open and winning all seven gun events.  At the time, Kody was the youngest individual ever to shoot a 500x500.

 

Kody’s skeet shooting career as a Wisconsin resident concluded in 2001 at the Wisconsin State Shoot where he captured the 20 gauge championship. At that time, his priorities changed and he went on to further his academic career, which culminated in an M.S. degree from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from The Ohio State University.  He currently resides in Hilliard, OH with his wife Amy and their five children and works as a professor at a small university in downtown Columbus, OH. 

In total, Kody won gun championships at nearly every major shoot held in Wisconsin (and at many major out of state shoots as well) during the period 1994-2001 (e.g., Dragon Lady, Jeff Myers Memorial, Celebre Fly-In, Hawk Open, Bald Eagle) and also has well over 100 junior and collegiate gun championships from a number of major shoots including the Kentucky Bluegrass, NorthStar, Three-I, US Open, Zone 5 Championships, Anniversary Chicago Nationals, and many more. 

In reflection and gratitude of this time, Kody would like to recognize his late father, David, who provided the opportunity and the means to enjoy this wonderful sport, and also the Robert E. Ehrgott family, his “adopted skeet family”, for their friendship and for sharing their skeet shooting adventures with him during this very special period of his life.