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Jacksonville Clay Target Sports Newsletter October 2016


October is here and the hunting season is on. I hope you had a chance to shoot a few clay targets before going to the field. If you have not been around you will see many improvements at the club. The latest being the opening of the second sporting clays course which we call Sporting Clays South Course. The course is not finished yet and it will take us a couple more months to get everything done. Also, there is still an opportunity to become a Founder of that course. 

Our second monthly dinner was held on the second Sunday of September. The BBQ was delicious and we had a nice and interesting group for the evening. We will continue to hold these monthly dinners on the second Sunday of every month. The dinners are limited to the first 60 reservations, so if you’re interested, please sign up at the Pro-Shop or send an email to Sara.

The third Sunday of September we hosted a sporting clays tournament. We had 56 entries in the morning and 40 in the afternoon, and as usual, It was a success. In the future we hope to see many more local participants in these tournaments. Each participant shoots within his own class and against everyone else as well, so no one has to compete with the big boys head to head. 
In October we will hold the Emory Pappy skeet tournament. I hope to see many local skeet shooters participating and taking this opportunity to honor one of our former great shots and a fine gentleman. 

On November 3 & 4 we will host the Jacksonville Corporate Challenge, a tournament in which teams of four shooters compete against each other for the title of best corporate team in Jacksonville. On Thursday November 3rd  the club will host a cocktail party and a Reverse Draw Dinner. On Friday morning will be the competition event followed by lunch and the Awards Party. As the Holiday Season approaches you might take a look at the Pro-Shop for some new clothing and accessory items, and don’t forget to check out the new jewelry for ladies.   

See you at the club soon,
Z. Mincek

New Pricing Structure FY2016-2017 

Per Round Life Member Member Non-Member
Skeet & Trap (26 Clay Targets)        $5.35   $6.00      $9.00
5-Stand (26 Clay Targets)        $7.50   $7.50      $10.00
Wobble Trap (26 Clay Targets)        $5.35   $6.00      $9.00
Sporting Clays (110 Clay Targets)     $30.00      $45.00

Golf Cart Rentals $18.00 (1 - 4 Shooters) 

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 1st

   Yap J.R.O.T.C. Sporting Clays Charity Shoot

Thursday, October 6th

     Cathedral School Charity Shoot

Friday, October 7th

     CC Men's Skeet Steak and Shoot

Sunday, October 9th

     Monthly Members' Dinner

Sunday, October 9th

    The Ironman International Skeet/Sporting/Wobble

Friday, October 14 - 16th

    Emory Pappy Memorial Skeet Shoot

Thursday, October 20th                                                                       
    Davidson Cares Sporting Clays Shoot

Friday, October 21 - 23rd

      Collegiate Fall Regionals

Thursday, October 27th

     Merrill Lynch Sporting Clays Shoot 

View The Complete Calendar

Skeet News

October, really! Where does time go? The hunters, many of which have made some trips to the Carolinas, wish they had made a trip or two to the skeet field before making their way to the Dove Field.  They say the National Average is three doves per box of shells, but that doesn’t make one feel all that much better when Bang, Bang, Bang and no feathers appear in the air above. Some serious practice shooting skeet from stations 3, 4, and 5 including doubles on those three stations will better the odds that those fast flying doves will fall.
For our competition shooters it’s a very busy month. Many of our shooters are in or just getting back from San Antonio, TX attending the World Championships.  Upon returning home ,it’s time to get ready for the three shoot marathon starting with Jacksonville Clay Targets Sports’ own Emory Pappy Memorial 10/14-10/16 2016. Read more on Emory Pappy The next week end the shooters head out to Palatka to attend the Carlos Otero Bass Capital Memorial. The following week is Octoberfest in St Augustine. Starting just last year, the NSSA Skeet Year runs to Dec 31st. Thirty-eight Years ago, Mr. Fred Bozard Jr decided that he wanted to have a shoot that was worthy of closing the year out previously Oct 31st. The vast majority of those who have attended the Octoberfest say it’s the best shoot of the year. Literally shooters come from all over the world to St Augustine for the Octoberfest. If you haven’t yet, please get squadded for these shoots now. Here are the programs: The Pappy, Bass Capital, and Octoberfest.
Paul Giambrone is back in Jacksonville in November.
JCTS has hosted the Giambrone Shooting clinic several times and all who attended enjoyed Paul’s instruction and acquired some valuable tools to improve their shooting. There are a few spots left for the November clinic. SIGN UP.
Other National Skeet News:
Giambrone Wins U.S. Open at Stockton
Congratulations to Paul Giambrone III, 2016 U.S. Open Skeet Champion at last week's event at Stockton Trap & Skeet. A total of 228 shooters competed. Steven Bivins was runner-up, followed by Skeet Smitha at third. Diana Riddle won the Ladies title. Along the way to his 399x400, Giambrone won 12-Gauge and 28-Gauge gun championships. Dan Lewis was Doubles Champ, Dirk Proffer won 20 Gauge, and Eric Tammen was .410 Champ. See full results and photos.
Find Scoreboard, Shoot Register on Website
The NSSA Scoreboard and Shoot Register are easily accessed on our websites. Go to or and you'll quickly see Scoreboard and Register links. Or, just click on the sidebar link here inTarget Talk for the NSSA Scoreboard.

Dealing with Wet Ammo in Flooded Areas
Torrential rains and storm surges resulting in flooding in areas of the U.S. have raised questions about ammunition that has been exposed to water. Is it possible to salvage the ammunition? Should one set it out and attempt to dry it? What are the potential hazards? The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) has offered some answers to those questions. Zone Director Election Results Announced
Election for NSSA Zone Directors for the 2017-2018 terms has been completed and results announced. This completes the 2016 election process for 2017-2018 governing bodies. See the newly elected Zone Directors and other election results.  

Do you have a suggestion for future issues of the JCTS Newsletter? Do you have a question that you think other shooters would also like an answer to? Send it to us. We welcome your feedback at any time. Contact Bud Steil

Skeet Fever-Catch it!

Sporting Clays News

Sporting Clay South Course opened as scheduled on Sept 14th. The club hosted a registered target shoot on Sept 18th, using both the north and south course. The Boy Scout major event then used both courses on Sept 24th. As you can see we off with a bang.

Feedback from these early shoots are very favorable to the south course. We have the flexibility to throw many different type targets at various distances. Our overall plan is to keep the south course as a more difficult course than the north. For example during the registered shoot, there was a 6 target difference between the courses. I would encourage club shooters of all skill levels to try out the south course. It may be a little harder, but a lot more interesting. Our card system allows for you to shoot either course and create your own round (Example: 10 stations on north course and 5 stations on south course).

The club is in process of finishing the south course. (Scheduled completion date 12-15-16) . We are in the process of upgrading our sprinkler system, relocating some palm trees on the property to the south course, planting some new oak trees, finishing our sponsor sign package, and in general tiding up the course.

The club hosted its 5th registered sporting clays shoot Sept 18th. Dan Powell once again prevailed as HOA. Other local class winners were Jack P. Teaque and Mike Kogan. Our next event is Dec 10th. We hope to see you then.
Joe Luke

International Skeet News

Most of America’s shotgun Olympic stars will be on-hand as the 2020 quad begins in Kerrville, Texas with USA Shooting’s Shotgun Fall Selection match, September 24-October 2.  It is the first post-Olympic competition for any of the three shooting disciplines. 

Six of the seven Olympians will compete including medalists Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska).  Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania), a fifth-place finisher in Women’s Skeet in her first Olympic appearance, is taking some time away from the sport after being accepted into Physician Assistant school. 

Results from the Fall Selection combined with results from July’s USA Shooting National Championship will be used to determine Team spots for 2017 World Cup Selection. Top aggregate scores from three courses of fire including one from Nationals and two from Fall Selection, plus three separate Finals, will help determine overall placement and selection.  The high aggregate score will have the choice of start positions at two of the three World Cups. The second and third highest aggregate scores will have the choice of a start position at one of the three World Cups. The remaining World Cup start positions will be filled by National Coach staff selection. That selection process will include consideration of scores at national level competitions and results at international events, among other factors.  

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup schedule for 2017 features three shotgun events including the season-opener in New Delhi, India, February 22-March 4, Acapulco, Mexico, March 17-27 and Larnaca, Cyprus, April 28 - May 8.  The 2017 season will also feature the Shotgun World Championship in Moscow, Russia, August 30-September 9.

Ed Franco
International Skeet Commitee

Membership Report

FY2016-2017 Annual Membership

  • Skeet and Trap Membership: $215 
  • Sporting Clays Membership: $330 
  • Skeet and Trap plus Sporting Clays Membership: $430 

Lifetime Membership

  • Club Lifetime Membership: $2,150 one time fee
  • Sporting Clays Add On To Life Membership: $215 

A busy Fall is shaping up for JCTS. We are pleased to add to the calendar a monthly members' social dinner night. The once-per-month Sunday dinners allow club members to build camaraderie and friendships with each other and our families. Please put these dinners on your calendar and join us at the club. Upcoming dates include: Sunday, Oct. 9, Sunday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 11. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the club at 904-757-4584.

As always, guests of JCTS are invited to join our club and enjoy member benefits, including member-only events, discounts on costs of rounds, bulk ammunition, and reloading supplies, as well as discounts with club vendors, Gunsmiths, Inc., Jim's Ear & Eye, and Wild West Guns & Gold. Memberships can be established through the Pro Shop or through the club website.

The great popularity of our club and target shooting sports means that we can always use your talents and energy to help us keep the club running smoothly. Please contact us if you would like to join us in the management of club activities.

George Prattos
Membership Chairman

Collegiate Shooting Sports News

Fall Collegiate Regional Championships Coming to JAX  on October 21, 22 & 23!
By David T. Dobson, MBA
NSCA Certified Instructor, Level III
NSSA Certified Instructor, Level III
Paragon Master Instructor
JU Faculty & Varsity Shooting Team Founder, Head Coach & Director
The 7th Fall Southeastern Collegiate Regional Championships will be held this October 21, 22 & 23 at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Hosted by JU and SCTP (, 15-plus collegiate powerhouse shooting programs from around the southeast will be converging upon Jacksonville to compete for $20,000 in SCTP endowment monies which will aid their specific programs - some 185-plus athletes in all.  Events will include American Skeet, American Trap, International Wobble Trap and Sporting Clays. JU is the 2015 Fall defending champion. We need Refs and volunteers, so would love to hear from you if you can help out! Please join me in wishing them great, safe shooting and a life-remembering, modifying and thrilling experience as we power into the Fall shooting season in preparation for the ACUI Nationals in San Antonio at the end of March (100 schools will attend – biggest ever). Safe shooting everyone!

There are some 300 universities and colleges with Clay Sports (Shotgun Sports) shooting programs currently across the country, and these programs boast some of the highest GPA composites in the Collegiate world. The Shooting Sports are now the fastest growing element in Collegiate Club/Varsity Sports.

Many thanks to Jacksonville Clay Target Sports, and all of the other Clubs here and around the country who have stood behind our Youth and Collegiate shooters, as they are our future. God Bless and safe shooting! 
David  T. Dobson, M.B.A. is one of our long-term Resident (Master) Teaching Pros and life members here at JGC. He and Addie, also a NSCA Certified Instructor,  live in Ponte Vedra Beach. He is President & CEO of Dobson & Associates, Inc., as well as the founder of Dobson Performance Shooting School (, and current JU Faculty and Head Coach/Director of the JU Varsity Shooting Team, as well as Founding Head Coach for the UNF Shooting Team. He can be reached at: (904) 285-9500, or via Email at or

Monthly Members' Dinner

To all the membership, Our members' monthly dinners are now established on the second Sunday of the month. Our September dinner featured barbecued ribs and chicken which was enjoyed by all! The next will be October 9th so grab your spouse or significant other and come out for a low country boil!!

Ya'll come and check it out. Sign up with Sara or Jenny by October 5th (gotta give Budha time to plan how many to prepare his special magic!).

Stanton Longenecker
JCTS Board Member

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