Bermagui Field and Game held their first shoot of the year on Sunday.
Organisers were delighted with the turnout as more than 50 shooters from various clubs took part.
The course was set out over six traps at the very lower end of the range. There were a couple of mishaps and problems with traps, but the set up crew were quick to fix them.
They also had some brilliant targets set out including a cheeky rabbit playing hide and go seek with the shooters as well as an incomer sticking to the trees making it hard to get before it hit the ground.
The targets were fast and furious and kept the competitors on their toes.
Despite the hardy challenge there were some excellent scores carded in a tight field of competitors.
The “Bush Challenge” was sponsored by two groups, as the side by side shooters were sponsored by Bruce Arthurson of Classic Racing and Performance Engineering, and the under and over shooters were sponsored by Far South Coast Excavations.
The overall winner of the handicap challenge was John Lehmann 117 using his trusty side by side. Congratulations must also go to Mark Gschwend and Simon weeding who both shot 25 out 25.
Chasing down Lehmann’s exceptional score was side-by-side runner-up Robin Perkins with 111.
Third place was claimed by Graham Duncan with 101 just one in front of Ron Manly with 100.
Other strong results included Peter Thomasi scoring 116 to win the over and under ahead of Wayne Morris just two behind on 114.
Third went to Mick Durnan on a count-back from Corina Rowling after both nailed 113.
Members and guests commended the ladies who cooked up a barbecue feast of burgers and snags courtesy of Darren and Jan Redman, while plenty of members brought some salad or cakes to share.
Organisers said it was a fantastic way to open another year and thanked everyone who made it a good day.
The club’s next shoot will be held on January 28 with competition to run from 10am.
The day is the “Muzza’s Pairs” round with 112 targets.
Visitors and new members are welcome with the club providing tutelage for new shooters.