The Man From PAW PAW is the Top West Virginian at the 2017 Grand American

Not since The Undertaker's visit to the Grand American in 2010 has West Virgnia had a winner like this year. Cameron Bailey is from Paw Paw, WV located in the eastern panhandle population 508. The town is named for the pawpaw, a wild fruit which grows in abundance throughout the region. The town is known for the Paw Paw Tunnel, there is not much else to do.

The 97th WV State Shoot Results

Cameron Bailey Captures Doubles, Handicap

and High All Around Championships.

Steve Sprout Adds Another Singles Title.

Who Is That Man in the White Hat

This is the first of a series of interviews documenting West Virginia shooters and their accomplishments. Our sport is evolving, competing with a myriad of other activities, with declining participation, and the rising cost of targets and shells, etc. I thought it would be interesting to get the shooters thoughts on the “Old Days” and new shooters perspective as well, so look for upcoming interviews.


Bruce Haislip Passes


    I am especially saddened to learn of Bruce Haislip of Wintersville/Steubenville, Ohio. Bruce, in addition to being an ATA member since 1988, ran the cashiering computer for the WV State Shoot for many years. He supported the WVATA by setting up the system for the HOF shoot in Moundsville as well training several people on the 3S software one of which was me. He will be missed our thoughts and prayers to his family.

Dean Kemp Passes

   I am saddened to learn of Dean Kemp's passing. Dean started registering targets in 1988 amassing 22,550 Singles, 35850 Handicap and 500 Doubles. Dean was a frequent scorer/puller and was known for yelling "Bingo" when all fives were shot on the squad. He will be missed.

Cardinal Classic Report

 West Virginians continued their winning ways at the Cardinal Classic last week with 26 attending.
Sandra Spencer started everyone off by winning event #1 The Farmstead Singles Lady II category with a 99  and going on to the second event Fishburn Handicap winning Lady II category again breaking a 96 and adding a yard to her handicap. Kinzy Smith won Sr. Veteran in the same event breaking a 97 and gaining a yard in the next handicap Smith broke a 96 gaining yet another yard.

WV Shooters at the Ohio State Shoot

Morgan Lough has been on a bit of a tear lately breaking his first 100 straight earlier in Florida he's done it again in Event 5 at the Ohio State shoot.But I'm getting ahead of myself first Morgan won OPEN RUNNER-UP in Event 2 Tanner Cornett Handicap. Ronald Moreland of Points, WV won NON-RES SUB VETERAN 3RD place in EVENT #  4 - STOCK LOCK II HANDICAP and Sandra Spencer won NON-RES LADY2 3RD place in EVENT #  6 - GUN & TROPHY INS. HANDICAP and NON-RES LADY2 3RD place in EVENT #  5 - TAYLOR LUMBER WORLDWIDE SINGLES.  Morgan Lough was NON-RES SR.

Mark and Doug Go To Music City!

 Mark Isner and Doug Damron travelled to Nashville, Tennessee and are currently making their talents known. No, not singing OH NO! but shooting: Event 1: Doug won NR SV R/U, Mark is Tied for NR SubVet third place, Event 2: Doug won NR SV R/U, Mark won NR SubVet third place Event 3: Doug won NR SV 3rd place, Mark won NR SubVet Champion. Friday Mark won NR Class B Doubles Champion. Doug won NR SV Runner-up in Friday Singles. Saturday's Championship Singles with a 196 after three others he was tied with failed to show for the shootoff. Mark also won NR Sub Vet HOA by three targets.

12th Annual Hall Of Fame Shoot in Moundsville Results

What a beautiful weekend!

The grounds were in impeccable condition.

Sixty four shooters came to the facilities of Marshall County Hunting and Fishing Club for the shoot dedicated to the WV ATA Hall of Fame members and to induct yet another deserving WV member, Douglas Damron from Huntington WV.

PBS Video of the World Recreational Shooting Complex

 If you have never been to Sparta click on the link below and see why we love to shoot there.

West Virginians at the World Trapshooting Championships

   Ten West Virginians are currently at the 117th Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. Sandra Spencer, multi-time WV Lady Singles Champion and currently WV Lady II Champion has secured two trophies in the Preliminary rounds at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex  in Sparta IL. Sandy was third in Lady II after shooting a 98 in Thursday’s Event 4 the MEC Shooting Sports Singles. Smashing a perfect century in Sterling Cut Glass Singles Event 7 she was Lady II runner up after carryover.


Doug Damron of Huntington WV has continued his winning ways at the Florida State Shoot breaking a  199 and winning the Non Resident Veteran. Congratulations good shooting.

WV Shooters Winning at the Southern Grand American

    Doug Damron, Mark Isner, WVATA President Chuck Jackson and Tammy, Scott Ross and Pat Swartz made the trip to the Southern Grand so far and are already showing up on the trophy list. Doug has, as of yesterday, won Veteran Winner in Event 1 Singles, turning in one of only two 100 straights. Mark was the Singles Class A Winner. Event 3 Doug, who must of been working on his doubles over the winter, shot a near perfect 99, again one of only two turned in. Mark was tied for Event 4 Class A runner up but lost in a carryover and is tied in Event 7 Class A singles Champion.

Michael Kemp Inducted into the WVATA Hall of Fame


The WVATA Officers and the Board of Directors congratulate Michael Kemp WVATA's newest inductee into the WVATA Hall of Fame. Click here for Michaels nomination letter.

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