Shooting Sports: Bird Busters polish off 2016-17 with a bang, prep for new season

The 2016-17 Prescott Bird Busters shooting sports team finished a solid season in August. Shooter registration for the 2017-18 season begins on Sept. 10. (Prescott Bird Busters/Courtesy)

The 2016-17 Prescott Bird Busters shooting sports team finished a solid season in August. Shooter registration for the 2017-18 season begins on Sept. 10. (Prescott Bird Busters/Courtesy)

Seven Prescott Bird Busters shooters, including five boys and two girls, concluded the 2016-17 shooting sports season in the Top 20 of the Arizona Game and Fish Department Commissioners Cup’s High Overall (HOA) standings.

Competing in the Cup’s skeet, American trap and sporting clays shoots this past spring, Boys’ Senior/Varsity shooter Colton Underwood placed second in the HOA Top 20 with 287 points. John Michael Cleland (fifth place, 283 points), Simon Stull (sixth place, 282 points), Lewis Aul (11th place, 277 points) and Nick Sallee (20th, 269 points), also Senior/Varsity shooters, followed.

On the girls’ side, Senior/Varsity shooter Brandi Goss placed seventh with 257 points and Senior/Junior Varsity shooter Samantha Witty claimed eighth with 248 points.

Later in the spring, at the Arizona Junior Olympic Clay Target Championships, Bird Busters Men’s Open shooters Joseph Witty and Colton Underwood placed first and second, respectively, in International Skeet. Witty’s 118-point score is a pending state-record mark. Underwood tallied 102 points. Aul and Jacob Steiner placed sixth and ninth, respectively. In the Women’s Open class, Goss placed fourth.

In International Trap at the Arizona Junior Olympics Target Championships, Samantha Witty placed second in the Women’s Open category with a 79-point score.

From July 24-29 at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) International Discipline National Championships, Joseph Witty won the Men’s Collegiate category in International Skeet with 105 points. In International Trap, Samantha Witty finished 10th in the Women’s Senior classification with 83 points.

NEXT SEASON

The Bird Busters, who make their home at the Prescott Trap and Skeet Club near Dewey, ended their Scholastic Clay Target season in August. They are currently gearing up for the 2017-18 season, with registration opening Sept. 10.

A day earlier, on Sept. 9, the Bird Busters will host “FirstShots: An introduction to Clay Target shooting,” a free seminar at Prescott Trap and Skeet Club, 10800 E. Highway 69.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 30 participants. All participants must be 12 or older, complete a waiver and consent form, and wear closed-toed shoes and a hat, along with protective eye and ear wear, so they can go on the shooting range.

For more information, call Shelley Geiger at 928-308-0148 or Brian Witty at 928-759-3090, or send an email to: prescottbirdbusters@gmail.com.