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Bayside hosts shooting series, open finale

Bayside Shooting Sports Association of Ashmore hosted the fourth and final Ducks Unlimited Shoot Series along with the Maritime Open Shoot on June 28 and 29 with 59 shooters in the weekend competition.

Ducks Unlimited and LeQuille Outdoor Specialties of Annapolis sponsored the series, now in its eighth year.

Club members from Stewiacke, Dartmouth, Lunenburg, Kentville, Greenwood, Yarmouth, Beaver Dam and as far as England attended the final shoot at Bayside.

Gary and Helen Robbins of Brighton, England, planned their summer visit to Hampton, Annapolis County, to coincide with the Bayside shoot.

Forty-seven shooters participated in the initial Series held April 20 in Kentville. John Nesbit of Weymouth scored a 44 out of a possible 50 while fellow shooter Barry Faulkner, also of Weymouth, scored a 38 in the day’s competition.

Kentville also hosted the second Series shoot May 4 and 53 shooters took part in the 50 sporting clays. Nesbit placed third with a score 39 out of 50 and Faulkner earned 38 points in this event.

Sixty-seven shooters gathered for the third leg of the Ducks Unlimited series competition in Yarmouth on June 7. Faulkner and Nesbit both scored 39 out of 50 sporting clays and placed second and third respectively.

In the final two-day shoot at Bayside, 27 competitors took part in the open shoot on Saturday. An auction that served as a fundraiser for Ducks Unlimited was held in Weymouth Saturday evening with Joe Blackman of Gilbert’s Cove as auctioneer.

Sunday both the open and series shoot ran concurrently with 59 shooters participating.

Shooter of the Year was chosen at the end of the two-day event, with Joe Wells of Bedford named the most consistent shooter to participate in all four series shoots. He had a 216 total out of a possible 227 points for the four shoots.

Wells took a three-point lead over Nesbit at the first shoot in May and was able to maintain his first place position even though the two men tied in the remaining three shoots. Weymouth’s Nesbit won the Ducks Unlimited Open and the high overall award for the two-day event with a score of 141 out of 175. “It was a great weekend all around,” said Nesbit. “The weather conditions were perfect and camaraderie among the shooters was excellent.”

LeQuille donated prizes that included four Browning shotguns and ammunition for the weekend added Nesbit.

Ducks Unlimited zone chairman Barry Faulkner said the shoots are a way to promote the shooting sports and to make the shooters more aware of what Ducks Unlimited is about. “We had a very successful series shoot this spring with a total of 230 men and women of all ages taking part in the four events,” said Faulkner.

Bayside Sporting Clay Association is hosting a sporting clays event Aug. 16 from noon until 4:30 to introduce the fast growing sport to those interested in learning more.

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