Bubba Wood to Receive 2021 T. Boone Pickens Award
On November 12, the Park Cities Quail Coalition announced that Martin F. “Bubba” Wood would be honored with the Coalition’s 2021 T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award. The presentation will be made on March 4, 2021, at the Dallas Country Club. This is a very prestigious award from a preeminent conservation group. For registration and seating information, you can go to this link!
Lone Star Open Helice Championship
From November 20th through the 22nd, the Dallas Gun Club hosted the Lone Star Helice Championship. The Open HOA Champion and Junior’s Champion was Dallas Gun Club Member Kazim Muhammad who shot a 55/60!
Pictured from right to left are Kazim, Masters Champion George Gregory, Ladies Champion Lindsey Stachurski, and Men’s Champion Douglass MacGregor. Not pictured is Veteran Champion Rick Mein. All scores can be found at www.helicesports.com or on the mobile app from the App Store.
2020 Texas State FITASC Championship
The Dallas Gun Club hosted the Texas State FITASC Championship during the weekend of November 6-8. Over this three-day period, 194 shooters competed in several very challenging but fun events. The FITASC Championship was sold out and had a waiting list. The 108 FITASC participants shot 75 birds on both Saturday and Sunday to crown a Champion.
Paul McCormick from Houston, a Senior Vet who won the 2019 Senior Vet category last year, was crowned Champion with a 142/150. Hot on his tail was the 2019 Champion, Nadim Nasir, who shot a 141/150. Junior and Ladies Champion Anabelle Ayres posted a 138/150. Anabelle is a 6 time National Ladies Champion, the most in NSCA history, at the age of 21—incredible!
Several DGC members had very notable accomplishments, including the following shooters:
Darian Mock shot 138/150, which earned him Master 2nd and the Dallas Gun Club Texas State FITASC Championship.
John Calandro IV shot 98/100 and was the Champion of the Saturday Super Sporting Main Event.
Marc Richman shot 126/150 and was the B Class Champion.
Ryan Goldblatt was the D class Champion with a 121/150, 22 targets ahead of the second-place competitor.
Altogether, over 45 DGC members shot in the FITASC Championship and over 100 of our members shot in other events over the three-day period.
A few comments are appropriate. First, the DGC staff did a great job. Setting up the courses for a shoot of this magnitude is very challenging and time-consuming. Our manager, Sam Lutz, and his staff worked extremely hard and, in the process, brought credit to our club. Second, this event was the brainchild of John Calandro III. He conceived it, brought it to the Dallas Gun Club, spend days supervising the course preparations, and had a hand in making sure that every element of the competition was successful. We are very grateful to John for adding such a wonderful dimension to our legacy of great shooting events.
2020 Texas State Skeet Championship
This year’s Texas Skeet Championship was held in Houston from October 30 through November 1. A number of our members had great shoots and brought home a substantial number of medals. Among them was Robert Paxton. There are a great many rumors about whether or not this was Robert’s last state shoot. It may or may not be (we are betting that it is far from his last one), but he made it very clear that he has not lost his very impressive skill set at all.
As many of you know, Robert has had a remarkable career. He won his first Texas State Shoot title in 1972. He won his most recent one on November 1 at this year’s State Shoot. That represents a span of 48 years! Along the way, Robert has won 28 Texas State titles - 9 HOAs and 19 gauge championships. This is one of the greatest achievements in shooting sports. We are proud of Robert and honored to claim him as one of our own.
Among our DGC members’ many achievements at this year’s State Skeet Championship:
Robert Paxton shot a 396 in the HOA, placing AAA2.
Robert placed AAA3 in Doubles.
Robert was also the gun champ in the 20 gauge event. He tied with a group of 9 youngsters with 100’s. After a lengthy shoot-off, he prevailed, proving once again that he still has it!
Mike Gerschick shot a 100 in the 28 gauge and placed AAA1.
Richard Funk shot 100’s in both the 28 gauge and 410 bore. Following the shoot-off’s, Richard placed gun Runner Up in both events.
The Dallas Gun Club 5-man team was composed of Robert Paxton, Greg Van Belois, Mike Gerschick, Donnie Harris, and Richard Funk. The team captured shoot-off victories in both the 28 gauge and .410 bore events and also captured an outright win in the HOA championship!
Congratulations to all of these skeet shooters! Hopefully 2021 will bring even more opportunities for fellowship and competition. If we failed to give well deserved credit to any of our other members who were at the shoot, please let us know. We will be glad to update this report.
Congratulations to DGC member Kazim Muhammad for winning the 2020 US Helice National Championship! Kazim shot a 28 all three days of the event!
Dallas Gun Club members Robson Cupples, Joe Dement, Jack, and Glea Davis, and Larry and Gunner Perkins also had great performances throughout the event! Congratulations to all who attended!
Congrats to all of the DGC Members
(Craig Cain, Clinton Page, Joe Dement, Jack Davis, Shea Self, Macie Page, Kazim Muhammad) who made the 2020 US Helice team!
2020 US Helice Teams:
Men: Alex Flores, Chad Traxler, Craig Cain. Alternates: Clinton Page, Sam Shiller
Senior: Michael Sellers, Joe Dement, Jack Davis
Alternates: Tommy Shurley, Jerry Steadham
Veteran: Rick Mein, Eddie Briggs, David Penton
Alternates: Alan Shelfer, Mo Powers
Master: George Gregory, Michael Taylor, Waverly Vest
Alternate: Jimmy Bryan
Lady: Shea Self, Karen Archer, Bettina Mathis. Alternates: Laurie Daniel, Macie Page
Junior: Kazim Muhammad, Hughes Skinner, Garrett Vaughn. Alternate: Macie Page
Congrats to all Skeet Shooters!
Dallas Gun Club members have a long-established tradition of excellence in a skeet shooting competition. We would like to congratulate the following individuals who earned a place on the 2020 Texas All-State Skeet Team. We wish the best to all of our skeet shooting members throughout the remainder of the year.
Robert Paxton (Open First Team)
Richard Funk (Capt., Open Second Team)
Cliff Moller (Open Second Team)
Mike Gerschick (Open Second Team)
Jim Biddle (Capt., Senior Team)
Greg Van Belois (Senior Team)
Jo Ellen Collin (Senior Team)
Russ Meyer (Veteran Team)
Woody Anderson (Military Veteran Team)
Congratulations to Yaani-Mai Gaddy!
Last year was Dallas Gun Club member Yaani-Mai’s first in competitive trap shooting. She finished as the 2020 ATA Women’s Rookie of the Year. The 2021 target year ended on August 31. We have just learned that Yaani-Mai finished as the 5th ranked 2021 Lady II All-American shooter. This is a wonderful achievement and all of us at DGC are proud of her.
During this year’s trap season, Yaani-Mai shot in 8 states, competed in 6 State Shoots, one Satellite Grand & the Grand American to earn the points necessary for the 5th spot in her All American Team category. In her first trip to the Grand American, she won two handicap events and took runner up and third place in others. She also earned the privilege of representing Texas in the Champion of Champions event at The Grand American as a result of her 200 Singles Championship victory at the Texas State Shoot. Yaani-May says competing in the Champion of Champions event at the Grand American was the highlight of her year! We're proud of Yaani-Mai and wish her the very best.
2020 Skeet All-Americans
Congratulations to the following DGC members who earned a place on the 2020 NSSA All-American Skeet Team! We wish them continued success.
Robert Paxton (Open)
Mike Gerschick (Sub-Senior)
Richard Funk (Senior)
Cliff Moller (Senior)
Greg Van Belois (Senior)
Russ Meyer (Veteran)
The results from the Closed Club Skeet Championship are in!
There were 35 shooters who came out and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Congratulations to our HOA champion Greg Van Belois with a 195 out of 200 and our RU Jo Ellen Collin with a 191 out of 200.