GLORIOUS weather greeted visitors from around the region to the monthly shoot at the Warwick Clay Target Club on Sunday.
Bright sunshine and only the slightest of breezes made for clear targets and high scores for the 50 shooters who took part in competition.
Shooters found out in the first event, the double barrel point score, high scores were needed to win when A-grade competitor Robert Deans started with a perfect 75/75, and Dan Johnson, John Lee, Cameron Schoenfisch and Jim Hesbrook all came in with 74/75.
The second event, a single barrel contest, again saw shooters doing very well with AA-grade shooter Peter Elsley and A-grader Robert Deans both shooting perfect scores. Notable in this event was a shoot-off for second place in B-grade where Gold Coast member Phil Sorby shot 38/42.
Deans, already assured of taking home two major trophies, again shot a perfect round in the third event, the 25 target double barrel, with 25/25 but in every other grade, a shoot-off was required to separate the winners from second place. In AA-grade, David Conduit was forced to shoot 59 targets straight before his opponent, John Lee, missed one to finish in second.
The last event, the 25 target double barrel handicap where higher graded shooters have to stand back up the lane to as far as 25m, Deans didn't feature at all to spoil what was building to be a perfect day for him.
Clay Target club president Michael Loy was pleased with the shoot, especially as the state championships in Townsville had drawn some of the more fancied shooters from the region.
"We still had a great turn-out of shooters from as far as the coast and the Northern Rivers, several from Goondiwindi and Texas as well as those from closer areas so we are very pleased with the day," he said.
"If we could guarantee weather like this for every shoot during the winter, the boys from the coast would flock in, we'd struggle to handle the numbers."
Event 1: Double Barrel 25 Target Points
AA-grade; Dan Johnson, 74/75, 1. John Lee, 74/75, 2.
A-grade: Robert Deans, 75/75, 1. Cameron Schoenfisch, 74/75, 2. Jim Hesbrook, 74/75, 3.
B-grade: Keith Rowling, 72/75, 1. Wayne Eastwell, 70/75, 2. Josh Turner, 69/75, 3.
C-grade: Michael Turner, 70/75, 1. Ron Black, 69/75, 2. Andrew Mauch, 65/75, and David Bartley, 65/75, 3.
Event 2: Single Barrel
AA-grade; Peter Elsley, 25/25, 1. Ross Bartley, 26/27, 2.
A-grade; Robert Deans, 25/25, 1. Jim Edmonds, 22/25, 2.