Pheasant Bonanza Hunt Club & Kennel hosted the2018 Nebraska NSCA State Shoot on August 2-5. The four-day event had overall pleasant weather, and the rolling Loess Hills landscape at Pheasant Bonanza was stunning, as usual.
A total of 168 shooters competed in the tournament throughout the four days. The main event, which had 113 competitors shooting, was held on-site in a new location with rolling hills. The preliminary and small-bore events were held on Pheasant Bonanza’s east and west main sporting clays courses. All of the weekend’s meals were served in Nebraska’s only Orvis- endorsed wingshooting lodge.
A warm and sunny Thursday morning kicked off the state shoot with the two-day Lincoln Traps Special preliminary event. Pat Williams (M) took home the HOA title, knocking out 97/100 targets. Class winners included Craig Manson (AA) with a score of 92; Cole Collier (A), also scoring a 92; Josiah Martin (B), scoring 88; Terry Kriz (C) with an 89; and Samuel Philson (D) with a score of 88.
Saturday morning brought a hint of undesired rain for a few short hours, while shooters competed in the two-day Pheasant Bonanza Cup preliminary event. The HOA Champion was Austin Svoboda (M), crushing 97/100 targets. Class winners included Brian Loofe (AA), shooting an 86; John McFarling (A), scoring an 82; Tim O’Connor (B) with an 84; Michael Stutzman (C), shooting 85 targets; Michael Svoboda (D), shooting 76; and Kyle Redinbaugh winning the E class gold with a score of 75.
The small-bore events could be scored any of the four days during the competition. In the .410 bore event, the HOA championship went to Steve Shepherd (M), hitting a near-perfect score of 49/50. Tanner Hackel (M) won the HOA 28 gauge, shooting a 48/50, and Steve Shepherd (M) took home the HOA gold in the 20 gauge, also shooting a 48.
The 5-Stand HOA Champion was Cody Escritt (M), shooting a 48/50. The True Pair HOA Champion was Steve Walters (M), scoring a 46/50. Also scoring a 46 was Terry Kriz (C), winning HOA in the Pump Gun event, and he also took home the Side-by-Side HOA with a 47. The Super Sporting HOA went to Austin Svoboda, shooting an impressive perfect score of 50/50.
As with the small bore, shooters had the option of shooting the main event any of the four days of the competition, which made this year unique.
Sharpshooter Robin Irvine took home the HOA in the main event with a score of 142/150. Class winners were Bred Brodersen (AA), scoring 131; Billy Miller (A), scoring 135; Jacob Carpenter (B), scoring 131; Jake Whipple (C), scoring 134; Hank McVeigh (D,) scoring 124; and Augustus Gomez (E), with a score of 112.
Connealy Insurance and Farms donated two guns to the winners of the Sub-Junior and Junior categories in the main event. Dalton Dearmont scored a 118 to win the Sub-Junior gold and has to make room in his gun safe for a new gun. Riley Ross shot an impressive 140 to win the Junior gold and a new gun as well.
Saturday night was an entertaining evening spent at Roosters restaurant in the Pheasant Bonanza lodge. A delectable dinner was served by Chef Joey. Following the dinner, the shooters and event staff enjoyed live entertainment while they socialized around the fire pit under the beautiful, starry sky. The combination of Saturday evening’s ambiance and the successful days of shooting made the State Shoot one for the record books.
– Contributed by Audra Leichleiter
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