The Madison County Bead Deamons youth shooting team has had a strong showing this summer.
The Deamons travel around the state within an hour or two of its home club, the Madison County Fish and Game Association, to locations like Harrison, Middletown, Marengo and Xenia participating in trap shooting competitions. Its participation is sponsored in large part by the Ohio Division of Wildlife for ammunition, based on money raised from those who buy hunting and fishing license in Madison County.
Team members participated in club qualifiers for the Champion of Champion at the Madison County Fish and Game Association and Greene County Sportsmen Association. Those participating in these qualifiers had a chance to participate at the Ohio State Trapshooting event in June, they included Addison Curry of West Jefferson, Bradley Wilson of London, Gunner Hall of Circleville, Cole Henry of South Solon and Kent Writesel of Grove City.
Each qualified in several categories: singles, doubles and handicap. Following those qualifiers was the shot for participants to make the Director’s Cup. To qualify for the shoot at Ohio State, participants had to do well in a qualifier, The Deamons competed in the Chesser Memorial Shoot held at Madison County Fish and Game Association.
In past events its taken a high score in the 190s (out of 200) to clinch the title,this year it went to a youth team shooter, Gunner Hall. He shot a perfect score for the first time in his career, registering 2-100 rounds with a final score of 200/200. With a lot of support from the community, Hall continued to shoot well, at the next registered shoot, he shot 200/200 again at the Ohio State Trapshooting Association Scholastic Clay Target Program Day.
When traveling the team participates in rounds of 200 singles. Unless the invitation has been extended to shoot doubles, that is when two targets come out of the trap house at a time or the other challenge is handicap, backing a shooter to a longer yardage based on their previous registered target scores and age. Most of the Deamons shooters are on the 19-yard mark but a few older more experienced are back as far as the 21-yard mark. The singles are shot from the 16-yard line at all times. Many shooters this spring were rewarded individually in their age categories, handicap, doubles, and Lady’s Junior Varsity divisions.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is a supporter of the Scholastic Clay Target Program Team. T-shirts were sponsored by Planet Aide, target assistance by Madison County Fish and Game Association, Midway Scholastic Trust and green back from Jim Bourne. The Deamons are lead by head coach Marie Dradt, she is assisted by Scott Curry. Lisa Hull organized team meals during competitions.
For individuals interested in competing, teams for next year will form in February of 2016 and will practice on Thursday nights from 4-6 p.m. No guns needed to start. Competitions start the last week of March. The youth team is comprised of youth from Madison, Franklin and Pickaway counties. Several school districts participate with ages ranging from 8 to 18-years old.