Tarentum District Sportsmen’s Club (TDSC) held its inaugural Nick Sisley Four Hundred Ten Memorial Shoot on August 17. Nick, who passed away earlier this year, was especially fond of the little gun. Thirty-one participants shot to honor Nick’s memory, including 18 who shot 100 registered .410 skeet targets, three who shot 50 non-registered .410 skeet targets, and 10, mostly TDSC trap shooters, who shot 50 non-registered 12-gauge skeet targets.
Mike Ryckaczewski Jr. had a very nice 97 and was .410 Champion, while Josh Crofutt’s 94 was good for runner-up. Class firsts went to Tom Shields (A), Ernie Anderson (B), Bob Waite (C) and Mike Ryckacewski Sr. (D).
Sean, John and Tyler Smith shot 45, 41 and 22 out of 50 with the .410; this was 12-year-old Tyler’s first attempt at skeet with the .410.
Chris Smith (43/50) and John Obringer (39/50) posted the high scores among the 12-gauge shooters. Obringer traveled from Colorado to participate in this shoot and honor Nick. Beth Carney shot the 28-gauge for the first time.
Brad King, Bryson Fox and Brian Fox shot their first registered birds and received Complimentary Limited Memberships to NSSA.
A great lunch was provided, including homemade bread made by Marie Palmer from Nick Sisley’s recipe – Nick always baked bread for the shoots.
A tribute to Nick was held after lunch. Everyone gathered in front of TDSC’s beautiful new clubhouse, and numerous people shared their memories of shooting with and being around Nick, including Paul McConville who was skeet chairman at Tarentum when Nick began shooting there many years ago. It was announced that the clubhouse was to be named the “Nick Sisley Clubhouse,” and a lovely plaque was dedicated. Nick’s wife Maryann and daughter Maria were there, along with Maria’s husband David McTarnaghan, and they presented a beautiful plaque celebrating his life with the words “He wrote…He Shot…He Flew.”
Nick was a celebrated outdoor writer, perhaps best known for his ruffed grouse books and articles. He was a life member of NSSA and shot his 100,000th registered skeet target in 2018; he also wrote many articles for Skeet Shooting Review, Sporting Clays Magazine and many other publications. Pigeon hunting trips to South America were a favorite. He had his private pilot’s license and his own airplane and loved to fly.
Despite all these vocations/avocations, the underlying sentiment from comments about Nick were that he was a consummate gentleman, and he loved to help people learn how to shoot skeet, especially youngsters and ladies just learning the game. Nick Sisley was a long-time member of TDSC, and the club will be a better place now that it has the Nick Sisley Clubhouse!
– Contributed by George Gleich