Kevin Demers Crowned Club Champ
In a three-way shoot-off for Club Champion, Kevin Demers prevailed over Jon Johnson and Tom Bronz. Featuring a round each of skeet and five stand, the Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club Championship shoot closes out the competitive season for the shotgunners. All championship and league activities are handicapped to equalize the contests.
Bronz, who shot the only perfect round of the afternoon, took home the Class A 1st place trophy for skeet while Johnson finished second. Jake Verbunker rounded out the top three. Dick Rogers topped the Class B skeet shooters, with Denny McBurney as runnerup and Dana Demers taking the third spot.
Crowned Class A Five Stand Champion was Frank Buckley. Jim Creighton secured 2nd place and Jon Johnson finished a close 3rd. Class B Five Stand Champ was Jim LaFave with Ron Avery close behind for 2nd and Dana Demers winning 3rd.
While the Championship Shoot signals the end of the organized shotgunning activities, many members continue shooting all year. The clubhouse is open every Wednesday except holidays and the outside rifle, pistol, and archery ranges are open to members every day except Wednesday afternoons when the shotgun ranges are open. The club offers skeet, five stand, trap, rifle, and archery ranges along with an indoor pistol and archery range.
Memberships are $40 per year with reduced rates for spouses and students. There is a minimal charge for shotgun targets and indoor range use. Enjoying the shooting sports under safe conditions is a great way to mentor beginners and also maintain familiarity with your own firearms. Informal help or instruction is always available if asked for.
For more information visit the club on Wednesdays. Also check out the photos on Facebook.
SHOTGUNNERS FINISH LEAGUE SEASON
Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club recently wrapped up the summer shotgun leagues.
Top Gun honors in the .410 League went to Jon Johnson who repeated his 2016 win by nosing out Jake VerBunker. Russ Johnson squeaked by Zach Toennessen to garner third place. Each contestant shot 2 rounds of trap and 4 rounds each of skeet and 5 stand. Shooters are given 18 weeks to complete all leagues.
Class A Five Stand League winner was Jim Creighton who beat out Zach Toennessen with Jon Johnson taking third place in the 12 round season, Class B trophy was won by Dana DeMers with “Dudsie” Johnson close on his heels and Jim LaFave rounding out the top 3.During the 12 round season, perfect 25s were shot by Jim Creighton (2) and Jon Johnson (1).
Skeet League action saw Zach Toennessen taking Class A honors. Ted Pullen and Frank Buckley finished 2nd and 3rd. Class B winner Ron Haynes prevailed over Russ Johnson with Dick Rogers 3rd in the hotly contested match ups. During league competition Zach Toennessen shot 3 perfect 25s, with Frank Buckley and Jake Verbunker each shooting one perfect round.
While league season is over, shooting continues every Wednesday all year, with a skeet range kept clear all winter. You do not have to join a league to shoot and beginners are as welcome as the more experienced shooters. All leagues are shot with a handicap system to equalize all shooters.
The clubhouse is open every Wednesday afternoon and evening. The outdoor range is open to all members every day except Wednesday afternoon while shotgunning is open. The indoor pistol range is open every Wednesday to both rimfire and centerfire shooters and is a great way to stay familiar with your handgun. The club is located 9 miles north of Manistique on M94 and we invite you to visit us for more information. Check out the club photos on their website and Facebook.
TOENNESSEN TAKES TROPHY FOR 3PEAT
For the third year in a row Zach Toennessen took Top Gun Honors in the annual Club Shoot tournament at the Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club. The event features two rounds each of skeet and five stand and best combined total is declared Top Gun.
In five stand action Troy McDaniel was 1st place class A winner, and in a shoot-off, Frank Schwantner prevailed over Jon Johnson 24 to 23 to determine 2nd and 3rd place. Class B 1st place was captured by John Kalata with Harry Toennesson and Dana Demers finishing at 2nd and 3rd.
The class A skeet portion of the day was won by Jon Johnson. In an exciting shoot-off, Frank Schwantner won 2nd place with a perfect score of 25. Troy McDaniel and Mike Gierke then went to the final station before McDaniel prevailed for 3rd place honors. Class B skeet saw Frank Buckley taking the trophy with Tom Bronze and Mike Glass close on his heels for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The summer leagues action also wrapped up recently with contestants shooting 12 rounds over a 17 week period. Jake VerBunker emerged as class A five stand champion. Zach Toennessen followed in 2nd place with Jon Johnson rounding out the top three. Class B champ was Russ Johnson followed by Frank Buckley and Harry Toennessen.
The skeet league class A was taken by Ted Pullen with Jim LaFave and Jon Johnson close behind. The hotly contested skeet league B class saw Jim LaBreck finishing less than half a target ahead of Russ Johnson with Gary Finch just off the pace for 3rd.
The .410 league consists of 5 rounds of skeet and an equal number of five stand rounds. Jon Johnson took 1st place honors followed by Jake VerBunker and Russ Johnson.
All leagues and the club shoot use the Winchester Modified Handicap system giving everyone a good chance to win. The summer activities are meant for all shooters of all abilities to have a fun experience while shooting under safe conditions. League participation is not required to shoot on Wednesdays, just bring your favorite scattergun and come out to enjoy the day. All people of all abilities are welcome and helpful instruction is available for beginners if they want it.
The club is located 9 miles north of town on Hwy 94 and is open year round every Wednesday from 1pm until closing. For more information, visit the club on Wednesdays or check it out on their new web site: manistiquerifleandpistolclub.com.
Johnson Repeats as .410 League winner
Russ Johnson repeated last years’ win in the .410 Shotgun League at the Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club. He took home the Top Gun honor for the second consecutive year. Second place went to Jim Creighton and Jake Verbunker took third.
Toennessen Tops Tourney
Zach Toennessen once again emerged victorious in the annual club tournament at the Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club. The teenager repeated last years’ shotgun Championship performance by breaking the most clay targets in the 50 skeet and 50 five stand combined event to be declared Club Champion.
Class A Skeet Champ was Gary Finch with Jake Verbunker and Joe Wolenschleger close behind for 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The Class B Skeet Champ was Mike Glass who was followed by Jim LaFave and Jim LaBreck respectively.
In Five Stand action, Tom Bronz was the winner in Class A while Jake Verbunker and Gary Finch rounded out the top three places. In the hotly contested Class B, Jim LaBreck took home the honors with John Kalata and Bob Fettig tying for 2nd and 3rd.