Scott Mitchell from Childers has come a long way in his first year of competition rifle shooting, winning his first open F Standard scope class trophy at the final prize meeting of the season in Warwick on Sunday.
He trounced a top field to win the A Grade aggregate over three ranges at the Darling Downs Rifle Club event.
The Bundaberg Rifle Club member finished with a score of 175 from 180 in the 30 shot competition over 300, 500 and 600 yards. Goondiwindi’s Gary Haeusler was second a shot adrift, with Beth Caskey from Pittsworth two shots back in third place.
The North Arm Rifle Club celebrated its centenary in style at the weekend with about 85 top shooters from around Queensland and NSW doing battle with the elements.
Winds swirled and blew up to near gale force at times as the range lived up to its challenging reputation.
Almost half the field comprised scope rifle shooters competing on electronic targets.
SCHOOLGIRLS on the Darling Downs are taking up a weekend sport with a difference.
Westbrook's Caitlyn Pederson is just one of many girls in the region who have begun competing in the sport of shooting.
Recreation and competition shooting associations have reported a surge in junior numbers in recent years, with females leading the charge.
Inspired to take up shooting two years ago after seeing her dad take part in the sport, Ms Pederson said she loved the mental challenge shooting provided.
"There is so much more to shooting than just firing a gun down the range," she said.
"The challenge of hitting the middle of the target is something which never gets old.
"So much of the sport is mental with routine and discipline important factors in doing well."
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The Queensland Rifle Association officially entered the electronic era with the commissioning of 12 new permanent high tech targets on the Duncan Range at Belmont on Thursday, October 23.
The Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steven Dickson headed the guest list launch of the HEXTA-002 electronic targets.
The Queensland Government through Mr Dixon’s Department has made an initial investment of $100,000 in the project which is expected to have an all up cost of just under $300,000.