Skeet shoot raises $1,581 for DU

Friday, August 22, 2003

Rainey Lake, south of Tyronza, was the setting for the Second Annual Skeet Shoot hosted by the Four Rivers Chapter of Ducks Unlimited on Saturday, Aug. 16. The event raised $1,581, with all proceeds benefiting Ducks Unlimited International. This amount is more than doubled from what was raised last year.

With over 45 participants, ranging in age from 13 to 70, skeet and shotgun shells were provided for nine rounds of skeet shooting. This year, co-coordinators Gill Shinabery and Jamie McFarland made the competition more challenging this year by throwing skeet from both the left and right sides. The championship round consisted of ten shots, with single and double skeet being thrown from the left and right.

Matt Adamson earned the title of "Top Gun." Other winners included Patrick Warren of Osceola, who won two rounds and a 410 shotgun; Aaron Throckmorton of Marion, who won two rounds; David Peridore of Tyronza, who won a Benelli shotgun; Jerry Brown of Jonesboro; and Keith Marrow of Paragould. Prizes included numerous DU prints, a DU knife, a Benelli shotgun, and a 410 shotgun. Several other DU items won by participants in raffles.

"An extra special thanks goes to Nelson Catalina and Freddie Chappel," said Shinabery. The chapter gave Nelson Catalina a framed etching in appreciation for allowing the event to be held at Rainey Lake. A 40-gun gun rack, crafted by Freddie Chappel, was a new feature this year.

The shoot was made possible by the following contributors: Unico Bank, Snyder Crown, Nyal Drug Store, J&J Frames, David Massey and the Chicken Stop, Barry Wood and Wood Ford, Buddy Lovell, and JoAnn Harris and Sew Many Stitches. Shinabery and McFarland were assisted at the event by R.D. Gill, Cari Shinabery, Wesley Pitts, Craig Ross, Jereme McFarland, Richie Gill, Brandon Gill and Shelton Wray.

"We are planning to hold the event again here (Rainey Lake) on the second weekend of August next year," said Shinabery.

DU District Chairman Jason Stewart announced that a skeet shoot will be held in Trumann in conjunction with the Duck Fest on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at the sports complex. He also said that a duck calling contest will be held at the Trumann sports complex on Oct. 4. Those interested may contact Stewart at 870-483-1774 for more information.

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