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Warm Wisconsin Winter Skeet -- Sauk Prairie Trap & Skeet Shoot

posted Dec 16, 2015, 6:30 AM by Henry Duwe
El Nino at Sauk Prarie Trap and Skeet Dec 2015.
A major benefit to global warming is the extension of the skeet season for Wisconsin shooters.  Wanting to polish their game during the off season, skeet enthusiasts took advantage of El Niño and its warmer temps to burn powder at the first Winter Skeet Fun shoot held at SPT&S on the second Saturday of December, 2015.  Although the day was cloudy with an occasional drizzle, the 50 degree temps were much appreciated by competitors and pullers.  Usually, this December shoot begins with SPT&S volunteers having to shovel snow off the frozen, icy skeet pads well before the first shot is fired.  Not so for this fun shoot, as 16 participants enjoyed shooting in sweatshirts.  Altogether, they entered forty-four 50-target events, including regular skeet, doubles, a 410 bore event, and “Upland Skeet”, a favorite SPT&S game because of its unusual target angles and double presentations.  Besides the regular southern Wisconsin skeet shooters, this competition also hosted four visitors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville collegiate shooting team.  Steve Vance, a professor at Platteville and an enthusiastic SPT&S member, coaches them. The collegiate team quickly realized that the retirees and the old(er) guys at SPT&S really know how to break those black-rimmed targets in December (see posted results at  Event champs included John Rowe, Mark Reichow, Gary Wipperfurth, and Paul Friesen.  Although the competition was fierce, the plentiful donuts and hot coffee combined with warm advice smoothed out the day.  By the time the last trigger had been pulled, all in attendance promised they’d be back in January for the next skeet shoot.  Who knows, maybe sunscreen will be required then.  Join in on the fun on Saturday, January 9 and bring lots of shells.