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Friesen Wins Kipp Memorial

posted Jul 7, 2015, 9:41 AM by Henry Duwe

By Lee Thomas

North Bristol, Wisconsin

June 13-14, 2015


So what does a Killdeer and the Kipp Memorial Skeet Shoot have in common you ask?  But before I explain I should tell you what exactly a Killdeer is.  A killdeer is a bird; medium-sized plover. Adults have brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. Its face and cap are brown with a white forehead.  Like other members of the plover family, the killdeer is often found at the water's edge on beaches, lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, parking lots, and in this case, skeet fields.

A killdeer had been flying in and out of the skeet field doubles competition.  Just as a shooter was about to pull the trigger on a target the killdeer would fly into the skeet field staying just out of range so as to not get shot but close enough to cause you to bring your gun down, re-focus and set up for the shot again. The killdeer was more annoying than distractive.

Picture: Jeff Renk, North Bristol Skeet Director with Paul Friesen, HOA CH.

Jeff Renk, North Bristol Skeet Director with Paul Friesen, HOA

In spite of the killdeer’s annoyance, Paul Friesen’s 93 in doubles topped all scores to become leader of the pack.  Jeff Renk took B1 after besting Jeff Varney in a shoot off with a pair of 89’s.  Lee Thomas captured C1 and Bill Schultz was D1. Friday night after doubles competition, shooters were treated North Bristol’s famous Fish Fry of bluegills, walleye, and cod and frog legs. Now, everybody don’t eat fried frog legs.  It’s a taste I acquired from my southern bayou living.  Dana, the cook, knows her way around the kitchen and the fried frog legs tasted just like chicken wings.

Paul Friesen posted a perfect score in the 12 gauge event.  In the first box of the 12 gauge, Jeff Varney, who had been fishing all week in Canada, cleared station one and the singles at station 2. He mounted his gun for the doubles but as he set up for the shot the killdeer flew into the field, straight down his gun barrel.  He un-mounted his gun, set up for the pair again and called “pull.” The high house target landed on top of the pile of the others that survived the flight from high two.  He powdered the low house.  His shot was behind the high house target.  That was the only target he dropped, finishing with a 99.  Friesen was the un-contested champ while A1 went to Varney.  Greg Schweppe and Jenny Notstad shot off a pair of 97’s for class B.  When the smoke cleared Schweppe took B1.  Jeff Renk won C1 and Tom McDaniel was D1 and Bret Mittelstaedt was E1.

Picture: Jenny Notstad and Greg Schweppe

Jenny Notstad and Greg Schweppe

Saturday after all the shooting was done for the day, shooters were invited to the home of Jeff Renk to eat and make merry.  The menu included a cheese and veggie tray, gourmet hamburgers, slow cooker barbecued chicken wings, homemade beer brats, cookie tray, and strawberry pie.

Sunday’s forecast called for heavy rain and thunderstorm all day.  But the predicted rain was a no show. We got it all late Saturday night; all two-three inches of it.  Sunday morning was foggy and muggy. The air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. But at least it wasn’t raining. In the 28 gauge event Jeff Renk found himself on top of the pile with a score of 98 to take the champ’s title.  Paul Friesen was AA1 with 97, Jeff Varney took A1 with 96 with B1 went to Greg Schweppe who posted a 95 and Bill Schultz rounded off the field winning D1.

Under near perfect conditions, no wind. There was some talk about how great the .410 targets were.  Someone said the targets were flying slower because the air was thicker.  All I know is the wind wasn’t blowing.   Jeff Varney didn’t care how fast they were flying.  He registered a 95 to become the .410 champ with Paul Friesen settling into A1 with a 90.  Randy Riehle claimed B1 with a 94, Lee Thomas was C1 and Bill Schultz claimed D1.

Picture: Jeff Varney

Jeff Varney shooting.

With an HOA score of 380 Paul Friesen was champion and Jeff Varney was runner-up with an HOA score of 379. 

Jeff Varney is a AA shooter, but like most of us, high two and low six have to be the most dreaded targets on the skeet field.  Bob Uknalis once said that “If the devil took up residence on the skeet field it would be on station 2.”  He further says that, “Many shooters believe that to beat the station you need to combine the skills of a gunslinger and a contortionists.”  Todd Bender says that the key to running high two is all about set up; gun hold point and eye placement.  He says that you have to get a good start on the target, and to get a good start, you have to see it.  Bender says that “there is no recovery. Your first move has to be the right move.  Seeing the flash leave the window dictates whether you got a good start.” 

NOTE:  The Kipp Memorial is a four gun, 100 target each gun, registered skeet shoot.  The skeet shoot is named in honor of Mike Kipp who was a long time skeet shooter who was highly regarded and respected by the club’s skeet shooters.  Mike Kipp passed away while he and the North Bristol Skeet Team were competing in the Wisconsin State Skeet Shoot in Green Bay. 

Memorial skeet shoots have been around since clubs have been hosting skeet shoot competitions and calling the “shoots” by names.  Usually “memorial shoots” are named after a club shooter who had a lot of influence on the club’s skeet shooters, and who is no longer with us.  The club names the shoot in honor of that person as a tribute to him/her and as a way of preserving a memory of him/her.
Henry Duwe,
Jul 7, 2015, 9:42 AM