2019 Manty Muskrat

posted Jul 23, 2019, 7:50 PM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jul 23, 2019, 7:50 PM ]

The Manitowoc Gun Club held its first registered skeet shoot in over 20 years, July 20-21, 2019. The club ended up with 25 shooters for the weekend and some great scores were shot. Two shooters from Michigan came and camped for the weekend along with one couple from Wausau, WI. We battled some weather Saturday but was rewarded with beautiful weather Sunday.

Saturday after shoot-offs we had a wonderful steak dinner, with excellent camaraderie. Mike Peterson was our HOA winner with a 396 and Mike Hass runner up with a 388. Don Kelly took runner up in 12ga with a 99 to Mike Peterson’s 100. 20ga champ was Mike Peterson with a 99, and Mike Hass was runner up with a 98. Mike Peterson won the 28ga champ with a 100 and Jim Decker took runner up with a 99. 410 again was taken by Mike Peterson with a 97 and runner up David Ruokolainen with a 96. Lastly doubles champ was David Ruokolainen with a 94 and Mike Peterson with a 93. Full results posted here and pictures on the WSSA Facebook page.

We couldn’t have done this without all the volunteer help from our club members. Also, a big thanks to all our sponsors. Shoots do however need shooters to make them a success and we had some of the best, that made it to our first-time shoot. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Manty Muskrat 2019. Hope to see more of you next year.

Friesen Tops Wipperfurth at 2019 Bald Eagle

posted Jul 22, 2019, 6:31 AM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jul 22, 2019, 6:32 AM ]

Shooters from Minnesota, Iowa, and the lower peninsulas of Michigan and Wisconsin converged on the Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet grounds the morning of July 6 under an inauspicious rain cloud. Given the large number of fields and copious pullers shoot management sagely delayed the first rotation by an hour, allowing all to shoot under sunny skies.

Atticus Clark won the 12 gauge event outright with the lone 100 -- his first in the 12ga! Paul Friesen dropped a pesky high five in the fourth box to take runner-up. Michael Peterson and Jim Decker won AA1 and A1, respectively. David Michaelynn from Minnesota took B class with a 96 while Jeffrey "Mr Big Flinch" Renk won C class with a smooth 97. Another Minnesotan, Deon Thompson, took D class, while Jack Duwe won E class after taking a year off from competitive skeet. In her first registered event ever, Margie Duwe won Lady Champ.

In the 20 gauge event, Friesen hit all four high fives and the 96 other targets to win the event outright. Decker won runner-up by outlasting Michael Peterson (AA1) in a multi-box shoot-off of 99s. Clark won class A and Renk won class B, both with 97s. Woody Niles won class C and Lee Thomas won class D.

In Saturday's final event, Doubles, Gary Wipperfurth won with a walk-off 97. Peterson outlasted Decker (A1) in a shoot-off of 95 to claim runner-up. Clark, Michaelynn, and Thompson claimed B, C, and D, respectively. In a lightning-fast, one-station shoot-off, Henry Duwe defeated Paul Friesen for A2.

After all shoot-offs were settled, Atticus' hat was filled with targets, tossed in the air, and shot at in the traditional manner. Although his hat made a valiant escape attempt, including multiple fake deaths, it eventually succumbed to the relentless pursuit of legendary WI skeeters; all divots were replaced. Despite the delayed start on Saturday, shoot-offs were completed by the scheduled 6pm banquet dinner.

Sunday morning broke with clear, sunny skies. Mark Vanderbloomer posted the high 28 gauge score of 99. Wipperfurth topped Friesen (AA1) for runner-up in a shoot-off of 98s. Renk, an notable shoot-off expert beat Michaelynn in a shoot-off for class B. Kurt Lehman of Slater, Iowa, earned A class honors while Thomas and Jack Duwe won C and D, respectively.

Due to efficient shoot management, the final shot event of the Bald Eagle finished on-time with the final squad containing both high scores -- 97s by Friesen and Wipperfurth. Friesen finally overcame his shoot-off woes to become .410 champ. Henry Duwe earned A1 honors with his personal shoot high score of 95. Michaelynn and Thomas won B and C, respectively.

On their home field, Friesen and Wipperfurth separated themselves from the competition and dueled it out for HOA AND HAA. Friesen's consistently strong shooting led to winning HOA and HAA by seven and three targets, respectively. Throughout the entire shoot, two-man team of Friesen and Henry Duwe dominated the entire field of competition, winning all events. Full results are posted here.

We'd like to thank the Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet president Al Lathrop for personally preparing and serving food throughout the shoot, the SCTP skeet shooters who loaded, set, and pulled targets, and Elise Duwe for shoot administration. It was great to see our friends from out-of-state and we hope to see even more shooters from out of state next year as we are one of the host sites for the U.S. Open on June 26-28, 2020.

2019 Youth Skeet Camp at Brown County Sportsmen's Club

posted Jul 10, 2019, 5:15 AM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 5:16 AM ]

Brown County Sportsmen's Club is hosting a 2-day camp with comprehensive skeet instruction for youth shooters of all abilities. The event will be on the days immediately prior to the WSSA state shoot, providing the opportunity for youth shooters to show off what they learned in the clinic at our state shoot. Please pass the informational flyer on to any youth you know (and their parents)!

2020 U.S. Open Skeet iShoot -- Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet

posted Jun 7, 2019, 12:10 PM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jun 7, 2019, 12:10 PM ]

In order to increase participation, both from shooters and host clubs, the NSSA will be organizing the 2020 US Open as a satellite shoot or "iShoot". Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet was selected as one of the satellite locations! Although it is quite early and not all details have been specified, please put this on your shoot calendar for next year:

HoF and Billy Spears Award Deadlines Approaching

posted Apr 29, 2019, 7:47 PM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 7:48 PM ]

WSSA State Shoot Results

posted Aug 29, 2018, 7:02 PM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 7:03 PM ]

You can find the results (scores and WI awards) here. The Champ of Champ winners were David Savolainen (1st), Paul Friesen (2nd), and (3rd). Matt Savolainen won the bracket challenge and Henry Duwe claimed the all-state challenge.

The fine story of first champions, etc. will follow.

2018 WSSA State Shoot Online Program

posted Jul 26, 2018, 2:11 PM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jul 26, 2018, 2:11 PM ]

Wisconsin Skeeters, the online program for the 2018 state shoot has been posted. This year we will be back at Sauk Prairie and we'll be debuting a new 5-person, 2-rotation format. Please send your squad reservation requests to me (


Mike Peterson is Bald Eagle's Top Gun

posted Jul 6, 2018, 11:03 AM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

By Lee Thomas
July 6, 2018

Mike Peterson, winner of three title at the 2015 World Skeet Championships, was the Bald Eagle
’s top gun.  The Bald Eagle Skeet Shoot was held at Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet Club June 30-July 1, 2018 in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Peterson posted a 392 HOA event score and a 489 in the HAA event edging out Rick Curtin who posted a 487 and a 388.

Shooters found the weather hot, but tolerable. When the first flight of the 12-gauge event took to the fields at 9AM it was 82 degrees and felt like 90 in the shade. Shooters coped with the high temperatures and humidity by drinking lots of bottled water. The order of the day: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

There were no perfect scores in the 12-gauge event. Mark Reichow and Rick Curtin each posted 98’s.  Reichow was triumphant in the shoot for the CH, with Curtin
earning RU.  A trio of 97’s went to stations 3,4,5 to decide AA1, AA2, and AA3.  Mike Peterson was the last shooter standing, taking AA1, Mike Hass was AA2 and Paul Friesen was AA3.  In class A, Jim Perpich (96) A1 and Jim Decker (94) was A2.  Class B went to Joe Marr (97), B2 went to Gary Wipperfurth (96) and B3 went to Don Kelly (95).  Craig Storm (95) won C1, Woody Niles (94) was C2 and Dave Hill (94) was C3.  Ken Schmirler (91) was D1.

The temperature was 91 degrees by 11am, and still climbing. A pair of 99’s was posted in the 20-gauge event by Rick Curtin and Mike Peterson.  When the smell of gun powder cleared the air, Curtin emerged as CH, with RU going to Peterson.  Gary Wipperfurth (98) was AA1, Henry Duwe (97) was AA2, and Paul Friesen (96) won AA3.  Jeff Renk’s 96 earned him the top spot in Class B.  Craig Storm (94) was B2, and B3 went to Dave Hill (94). Ken Schmirler (92) was C1 and Don Kelly (90) was C2.

By the time the first doubles flight took to the fields around 2pm, the temperature was approaching 94. Rick Curtin missed one target in the Doubles event, turning in a 99 to take CH.  Mike Peterson’s 97 earned him RU.  In Class A, Mike Hass (97) was A1, Henry Duwe (93) was A2 and Paul Friesen (91) was A3.  Don Kelly (92) took the top spot in Class B.  Dave Hill (89) was B2 and Joe Marr (86) was B3.  Ken Schmirler (93) was king of the hill in Class C with Craig Storm (90) taking C2.

After the shoot offs, we settled into the clubhouse for cold beverages (compliments of SPTS), hors d’ oeuvre (compliments of Subway and Milio’s) and conversation before dinner.  You’d think that conversations would be mostly about how hot it is and the target that was missed.  But it wasn’t. Folks were glad to see other, talked about who wasn’t shooting, new guns, new babies, new jobs, surgeries, grandchildren, new skeet machines. For dinner Yvonne served us, roast beef sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, and a variety of cookies for desert.

The hotness and humidity gave way to rain showers Saturday night after dinner.  It brought a welcomed reprieve, and an end to what had been a sweltering day at the Bald Eagle. 

Sunday morning saw temperatures moderated.  Michael Peterson got them all in the 28-gauge event to take CH.  Paul Friesen (99) was RU.  Gary Wipperfurth (98) took AA1, Mark Reichow (97) was AA2 and Jim Decker (97) was AA3.  In Class A, Henry Duwe (92) was A1.  Craig Storm (96) took B1 and Woody Niles (93) won C1.

Going into the .410 bore event Sunday afternoon, one target separated Mike Peterson and Rick Curtin, 393 to 392, from the championship podium.  Neither shooter talked about it openly, but champions always know the score. They have been there.  Many times, before.      

Peterson and Curtin both ran the first .410 box.  In the second box Peterson dropped Low 1 and High 5.  Curtin also missed two targets in his second box, Low 1 Singles and the option.  They both turned in 48.  The third box was not compassionate to Peterson.  He lost High 1 while Curtin ran his third box.  After the third box, the HAA event was all tied at 465.  In his last .410 box, Curtin missed a Low 6 Doubles, and the option.  At station 8, Peterson dropped the high house and Curtin missed the Low house.  Peterson’s 24 edged out Curtin, who scored 22, for the HAA title by two targets, 489 to 487.

While Peters
on and Curtin were shooting for the HOA HAA titles, Craig Strom quietly took care business by shooting a 97 to take the .410 CH. Peterson (96) was RU, Curtin (95) took AA1, Paul Friesen (94) earned AA2, and Jim Decker (94) was AA3.  Gary Wipperfurth (94) won A1, Henry Duwe’s 94 earned him B1, with B2 going to Woody Niles (93).

ZONE 5 NOTE:  Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet Club will host the Zone 5 Skeet Championships on August 10-12, 2018.  Zone 5 consist of nine states:  Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  See: for more information.


posted Jun 29, 2018, 7:10 AM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 7:10 AM ]

By Lee Thomas
June 27, 2018

As late April approaches in Wisconsin, skeet shooters start thinking of warmer weather, and sun shine.  In the skeet shooting community, it marks the end of hibernation (unless, of course, you were fortunate to go south or west) and the beginning of registered skeet shooting in Wisconsin.  It’s the time to find your skeet gun, dust it off, get re-acquainted, and become one again.

The start of registered skeet shooting in Wisconsin begins with the Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot held on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  The forecast called for temperatures in the 60’s.  That would have been great.  But then again, we live in Wisconsin.  It was no where near 60 degrees.  It didn’t matter, we got our guns, put on extra layers, took to the fields and had an awesome time, all 14 of us.

In the 12-gauge event, Paul Friesen took AA with 50 with Henry Duwe was AA1 with 46.  Gary Wipperfurth’s 44 took A1. In Class B Jeff Renk’s 49 earned him B1; Greg Schweppe (48) was B2 and Jenny Notstad (45) was B3.  In Class C Robert St Clair’s (44) took C1, Woody Niles (42) earned C2 and Lee Thomas (37) earned C3.  In Class D Tyler Ruhland took D1 with a 49; D2 went to Joshua Corbin with 44, Tom Schumacher took D3 with a 43 and Tim Asp turned in a 43 for the top spot in Class E.

A pair of 50’s was shot-off in the 20-gauge event by Paul Friesen and Gary Wipperfurth.  Wipperfurth emerged as Champ with Friesen taking AA1.  Henry Duwe took A1 with a 49, Greg Schweppe’s 48 earned him B1, Bob St. Clair’s 46 was C1, and Tom Schumacher was D1 with a 42.

Gary Wipperfurth bested all shooters in the 28-gauge event with a 49 to take the top spot.  Paul Friesen’s 47 took AA1.  Greg Schweppe and Jenny Notstad shot-off a pair of 46’s for the top spot in Class A.  When the target stopped flying, Schweppe was the victor.  Jeff Renk was
B1 with 46, Woody Niles was C1 with 47 and Steve Hutchings was D1 with 42.

Paul Friesen was top gun in the .410 Bore event with a 49.  Henry Duwe took A1 with a 46.  Woody Niles shot a 47 to take Class B. The Doubles Event saw Paul Friesen’s 50 earn first place.  Gary Wipperfurth shot a 48 to take A1.  Henry Duwe was B1 with a 48, and Jeff Renk was C1 with 48.

Paul Friesen was HOA (4 guns) with 196 and HAA (5 guns) with a 246.

ABOUT MILT MCPIKE:  The Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot is name in honor of Milton McPike who was an American educator, a San Francisco 49ers football player, and the principal of Madison East High School for 23 years. He also served on the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.    East High School was established in 1922, making it the oldest public high school still operating in Madison, Wisconsin. Long viewed as a school attended by students from blue-collar families, who were themselves destined for the trades, East High School was transformed by McPike's relentless insistence on respect yourself, respect others and academic excellence. In 1989, the U.S. Department of Education chose East High School as a National High School of Excellence. In 1990, Reader's Digest placed McPike among 10 American Heroes in Education.”

McPike was born October 9, 1939 in Jacksonville, Illinois. He played high school football with boxer Ken Norton. He attended Northeast Missouri State University Teacher's College (now Truman State University) from 1958 to 1962. He was a 12th-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers. Following his NFL experience, McPike taught and coached sports for 11 years in Quincy, Illinois.

McPike was avid skeet shooter at Middleton and later at Sauk Prairie.  He and his side-kick, Lee Thomas, started shooting skeet at Middleton Sportsmen Club in 1992.  The two of them could be found getting shooting lessons from Chuck Dorn, and anyone else they could learn from.  When Middleton closed, they began shooting at Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet Club. For Milt, the acquisition of shotguns, showing them to fellow-shooters, shooting them for a while, and then trading them for another gun was what he loved most.  The Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet Club is honored to have had the opportunity to share our time with Milt McPike.  A bench, dedicated in his spirit, sits adjacent to field 5 as a testament to him. 

2018 Zone V Skeet Shoot in Wisconsin!

posted May 31, 2018, 5:44 PM by Lee Thomas   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 11:13 AM ]

Dear Wisconsin and Zone 5 Skeet Shooters, 

This year, the State of Wisconsin has the honor of hosting the NSSA Zone 5 Skeet Championships.  This three-day competition (Friday-Sunday, August 10-12) will be held at Sauk Prairie Trap & Skeet (, which is also the site of the 2018 Wisconsin State Championships.  The SPT&S Zone 5 Committee has been working hard for a full year to prepare for this summer’s championships.  The competition will accommodate 120 skeet shooters from eight Zone 5 states, including Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and our own Wisconsin.  The Club will feature all new skeet machines, new fences, skeet shelters, and perfect weather!  The Championships will be highlighted by a Friday evening reception with traditional Wisconsin brats and brews, sponsored by friends of SPT&S.  The bountiful Zone 5 Banquet will be held Saturdayevening after the shootoffs.

The SPT&S Committee invites all shooters to compete in these annual NSSA championships.  Pre-registration is required.  Please fill out the registration form (click here to download theform) and send it along with your deposit to Paul Friesen (address on form) by July 15.  Rotation choices should be indicated on the same form. For more information on the shoot schedule, RV camping at the club, hotel accommodations, and attractions, go to the Zone 5 website ( 

Questions can be sent to Henry Duwe ( or Paul Friesen ( 

We hope to see a great turnout of Wisconsin shooters to carry on our shooting traditions – see you there!

Shoot straight,

The SPT&S Zone 5 Committee

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