MSSA announces the inauguration of the class of 2017 into the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame

MSSA is pleased to announce the inauguration of the class of 2016 into the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame

The tradition continues with the inauguration of the class of 2015 into the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame

With the inaugural class of 2014, the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame bestows the greatest honor and recognition to past and present Mississippi competitors who have not only excelled above the competition but have contributed in often immeasurable ways back to the sport of Skeet.

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Class of 2017



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William Martin Link

NSSA # Unknown

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2017

 

1950 – Mississippi – 12 gauge Champion

1951 – Mississippi – HOA and 12 Gauge Champion

1952 – Mississippi – HOA, 12 gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1954 – Mississippi – HOA, 12 gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1955 – Mississippi – 12 Gauge Champion

1956 – Mississippi – 12 Gauge Champion

1953 – NSSA Sports Afield All-American Second Team

1954 – NSSA Sports Afield All-American Second Team

Capitol Gun Club Member

20,725 Lifetime NSSA Registered Targets (Researched 1950 - 1956)

William Martin "WM" Link

Submitted by Bill Link Jr and Glenn Rickman.

William Martin Link was the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Link of Bentonia, MS. Bill grew up in Bentonia and attended Mississippi State University. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 -1946.

During his Air Force career, he piloted planes in the China-Burma-India Theater eventually becoming the personal pilot for British Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese, Commander-In-Chief, Allied land forces, Southeast Asia and also for Commander-In-Chief, General William Slim. He achieved the rank of Major before his official separation from the military in 1946. Upon his return to the United States, he farmed cotton and raised cattle. He soon became interested in skeet shooting with the Capital Gun Club, which he helped found. Early in his shooting career he became an accomplished shot earning him many honors and titles. He also served as President of the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Association on more than one occasion.

In the researching of his Skeet Shooting history, it was discovered that he was ranked for the 1952 shooting season by the National Skeet Shooting Association as 10th in the nation for High Average.



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Bill Shumard

NSSA # 69135

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2017

 

1984 – Mississippi – HOA, 12 gauge and 28 gauge Champion

1985 – Mississippi – 28 gauge Champion

1985 – Captain Mississippi All-State Team

1983 – NSSA World Shoot – Sub-Senior HOA Champion (Tied Sub-Senior Record 546x550)

1984 – NSSA All-American Sub-Senior Second Team

1984 – Armed Forces HOA Retired Military Champion

1985 – NSSA All-American Sub-Senior Honorable Mention Team

2000 – Zone VI HOA Senior Champion

Coast Rifle and Pistol Club Member

50,000+ Lifetime NSSA Registered Targets

Bill Shumard

Submitted by Bill Shumard and Wayborn Bowling.

Bill Shumard was born in Stewardson, Illinois in 1930 but did not discover skeet until 1969.  As he watched his son Leo Provencher and his buddies shoot skeet at the Westover Air Force Base Rod and Gun Club he was tempted to try the game as a hobby but it soon became a lifelong obsession with Skeet Shooting. 

After retiring to Mississippi in 1970 he was happy to find the Biloxi Gun Club and started competing in registered shoots.  When the Biloxi club closed he changed to Gulfport to share a shooting facility with the police force.  He continued to play an active role as a competitor and as an instructor offering free skeet lessons to new club members. In 1989 he became a lifetime member of the Gulf Coast Rifle and Pistol club with one of the best Skeet facilities in the state.

Bill’s first shotgun was a Remington 1100 and he shot 1100s in all four skeet events for about seven years.  He changed to a 26-inch Remington 3200 equipped with Skeetmaster tubes for the three small gauges and had some of his greatest success with that shotgun. He has won many awards in regional events from Florida to Texas including the World Shoot, Armed Forces Shoot, and our own State Shoot.  He is especially proud of his selection to two Sub Senior All-American teams during the mid-eighties.  When the 30-inch barrel became popular Bill followed the Champions to a Briley-tubed Krieghoff and while it is a beautiful shotgun he often wishes he hadn’t sold "Old Shorty".  Some shotguns just seem to fit and swing "just right".

Bill has made a science of learning all he can about guns, reloading and shooting. Todd Bender’s writings have been a strong influence on Bill’s shooting and on his teaching techniques.  He often cites Todd’s videos as resources for the study of fundamentals in shooting. His love for shooting is only overshadowed by his love for teaching the sport. He has been a long time mentor to the Harrison County 4H club teaching the youngsters to love the shotgun sports as he does.  In turn he has been a readily available resource to any and all shooters in the Gulf Coast Community.  He has had the great pleasure of watching the development of many great shooters right in our local club including World Champions Brian Rishel, Les Lala, David Gollott, and several other developing stars.  Hopefully, as a NSSA certified instructor he will continue to welcome new shooters to our sport.  It has become his way of “Giving Back” to the game which has given so much pleasure.

The Coast Rifle and Pistol Club honored Bill’s selfless promotion of skeet shooting by dedicating one of their new skeet fields in his name.



Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Class of 2016



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Albert Clark

NSSA # 37010

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2016

 

1971 – Mississippi – 28 gauge Champion

1973 – Mississippi – 410 Champion

1975 – Mississippi – 12 gauge Champion

1977 – Mississippi – 12 gauge Champion

1978 – Mississippi – HOA, 28 gauge and 410 Champion

1979 – Mississippi – HOA, 12 gauge, 20 gauge and 410 Champion

1980 – Mississippi – 20 gauge and 28 gauge Champion

1981 – Mississippi – 20 gauge Champion

1982 – Mississippi – HOA, 410 and Doubles Champion

1986 – Mississippi – 410 Champion

1970 – NSSA World Shoot – 12 Gauge Event- 7th place*, 12 Gauge 5 Man Team Champion, and 5 Man Team All Around Runner Up

1971 – NSSA World Shoot – 28 Gauge Runner-up and 12 Gauge 5-Man Team Runner Up

1974 – World Record – 5-Man Team HOA Rebel Open**

1975 – Sports Afield Honorable Mention All American Team

1976 – Member of 5 Man Team to shoot First ever 500 X 500 as an open or club five man team ***

1979 – Field and Stream Honorable Mention All American Team

1980 – Field and Stream All American Second Team

1966 – 1978 Mississippi NSSA International Director

* (Missed the 485th Target)

** (Albert Clark, Walker Brewer, Gary Smith, Mickey Mize, Tony Rosetti)

*** (Albert Clark, Walker Brewer, Gary Smith, Mickey Mize, Ron Roberts)

Starkville Gun Club Member

62,075 Lifetime NSSA Registered Targets

Albert Clark

Submitted by Albert Clark and Allen Winstead.

Albert was born in 1943, in Starkville, Mississippi, where he grew up hunting and fishing with his family. His father nicknamed him “A-Rock” because his father thought his head was as hard as a rock. Albert’s first fun was a single shot .410 which he used to kill a flying Meadowlark when he was 10 years old. When he reached age 12, he advanced to a Winchester Model 42 which he used to kill 12 doves in 14 shots.

Albert’s father was a member of Starkville Gun Club when it first opened, which allowed Albert to shoot skeet prior to graduating from Mississippi State in 1965. Soon after graduating, Albert acquired a set of Winchester Model 12’s and from then on the game of skeet was in his blood. Shortly thereafter, he swapped his Model 12’s for Remington 1100’s, and then transitioned to a Remington 3200 with Purbaugh tubes.

In 1972, after marrying Glenda Bell, they became a two shooter family. In no time, Glenda was shooting scores in the 90’s and winning a few ladies titles. In 1977, their daughter, Morgan, was born and their son, Cameron, soon followed in 1981. Both of their children grew up with a love of the outdoors. Morgan jumped horses in the Meadowlands, New Jersey, while Cameron made the 2004 NSSA Rookie All American Team. Cameron shot a 100 straight with the .410 in his first year of competition while it took Albert six years to break his first one.

People that shot with Albert knew him for his unique call of “Yea” instead of the most common “Pull.” More important than his unique call, Albert belonged to an era of shooters that set a standard of skeet shooting that we as current shooters can only dream of achieving in our lifetime of shooting. Considering all of Albert’s hard work, records, and numerous shooting accomplishments his induction into the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame is very well deserved.



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Brian Rishel

NSSA # 117781

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2016

 

 

1987 – Mississippi – 410 Bore Champion

1990 – Mississippi – Doubles Champion

1992 – Mississippi – HOA, Doubles Champion

1993 – Mississippi – HOA, 20 Gauge, 410 Bore Champion

1997 – Mississippi – HOA Champion

2000 – Mississippi – HOA, 12 Gauge, 20 Gauge, 410 Bore Champion

2003 – Mississippi – HOA, 20 Gauge Champion

2006 – Mississippi – HOA, 410 Bore Champion

2009 - Mississippi – 20 Gauge Champion

4 x 4 2000 Blue Springs Open, 2001 Hillbilly Open at Whitetail Ridge Shooting Center, Blue Springs, Mississippi.

110,700 Lifetime NSSA Registered Targets.

Brian Rishel

Submitted by Wayborn Bowling

In 1968, Brian, with his Dad, shot his first round of skeet at Coast Rifle and Pistol Club. When he began, he enjoyed shooting with his Daddy, Bill Shumard, Buster Higgins, and a number of other local shooters. As much as Brian enjoyed competing at shoots like the World, deep down he just enjoyed shooting a shotgun. Throughout all his stops whether it be Jackson, MS, Houston, TX, or Dumas (Center of the Universe), MS, he cherished every moment of it. Although there were too many people to list that hold a special meaning to Brian, there was one must—Betty (the comptroller of his universe).

Anyone that has shot with Brian knows not to stand too close to the pad behind him as he has been known to back off and through a hull or two, and that’s when he hits the targets. Most of his friends know he loves chips, candy bars without nuts, ham, and chicken. If you listen real close you might even hear him squeak. Although some may not know of his artistry, he has the ability to draw a perfect resemblance of a descriptive engraving, on a napkin. In addition to his artistry, his shooting perfection has helped him teach many shooters to become better.

His two 400x400’s, Mini World 20 gauge title, and many State Championships are of special value to him because of how hard they were to accomplish. He insisted he has not borrowed his last shell or eaten his last piece of fried chicken so stay tuned. Given all of Brian’s abilities and accomplishments, he is truly deserving of this great honor of being inducted into the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.



Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Class of 2015



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Charlie Brocato

NSSA # 55466

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2015

 

1968 - Mississippi 20 Gauge Champion

1971 - Mississippi 12 and 20 Gauge Champion

1974 - Mississippi 28 Gauge Champion

1976 - Mississippi HOA, 20 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1977 - Mississippi 28 Gauge Champion

1978 - Mississippi 28 Gauge Champion

1983 - Mississippi HOA, 28 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1985 - Mississippi HOA, 12 and 20 Gauge Champion

1986 - Mississippi HOA, 12 and 28 Gauge Champion

1996 - Mississippi HOA, 20 Gauge Champion

1971 - World Shoot Champion of Champions Event 3rd

1972 - World Shoot 20 Gauge Runner-Up** and 28 Gauge 5th

1974 - World Shoot Champion of Champions Event 3rd

1974 - NSSA Second Team All American

1977 - World Shoot 28 Gauge 2-Man Team Champion

1977 - Field and Stream Second Team All American

1978 - World Shoot 28 Gauge 4th

1979 - NSSA Second Team All American

**     - The 3-day shoot-off at the Rochester-Brooks Gun Club in New York set a new world long-run record, with Charlie losing the title to Brad Rivenburg of Derwood, Maryland, when he missed his 380th target. - Buffalo Courier Express, August 3 1972, and subsequent dates.

Member of Capitol Gun Club

70,610 Lifetime NSSA Registered Targets

 

Charles L. "Charlie" Brocato

By:  Claudia Brocato

 

Charles L. "Charlie" Brocato was born in Clarksdale, MS and grew up hunting and fishing with his numerous Italian relatives and other friends. He attended Ole Miss for both undergraduate (where he was a member of the university rifle team) and law school. He practiced law in Clarksdale for several years before earning a master's of taxation at New York University.

       Charlie's next stop was in Jackson, MS. as an associate in the law firm of Dossett and Magruder. He became a partner in Dossett, Magruder & Montgomery, which turned into Magruder, Montgomery & Brocato, which was eventually absorbed by Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Canada.

       Charlie is a long-time member of Capitol Gun Club in Jackson. His first visit to the club was as a guest of his uncle, Van "B" Brocato, one of the founders. Van was a trap shooter but, after trying both trap and skeet for a while, Charlie decided he preferred skeet shooting and skeet shooters, and the rest is history.

       The photo above was taken on the occasion of his very first state championship - the 20 Gauge in 1968. Charlie was known for his somewhat different call for targets: "Hut!" He always maintained that short, explosive word resulted in more responsive target pulling than the more usual "Pullll."

       Credit for Charlie's good scores and numerous wins and championships over the years are due as much to good coaching and mentoring as to his own persistence in practicing and shooting thousands of targets. Charlie Cox of Pearl was a generous soul and a great coach.

       Our family, which includes son Brett (now husband to Melanie and father of three adorable grandchildren), has many fond memories of skeet shoots, skeet trips with good friends, skeet parties, and tough shoot offs - some won, some lost. Especially memorable for Charlie were Mississippi's 5-man teams which were very competitive in his day, winning titles at several world shoots. "It was all fun," Charlie says.

       

       



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Mickey Mize

NSSA # 66836

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2015

 

1975 - Mississippi HOA and 28 Gauge Champion

1976 - Mississippi 12 Gauge Champion

1977 - Mississippi HOA and 20 Gauge Champion

1980 - Mississippi 410 Bore Champion

1981 - Mississippi HOA, 28 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1988 - Mississippi HOA, 20 Gauge and 28 Gauge Champion

1989 - Mississippi HOA and 410 Bore Champion

1990 - Mississippi HOA, 28 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1991 - Mississippi 12 Gauge Champion

1992 - Mississippi 410 Bore Champion

1973 - NSSA Junior All American Team

1980 - NSSA Open Honorable Mention All American Team

1981 - NSSA Open Honorable Mention All American Team

78,150 Lifetime NSSA Registered targets in 24 years of shooting

Lifetime HOA Average 97.12

Lifetime Member of the National Skeet Shooting Association

 

Mickey Mize

By:  Wayborn Bowling

 

Mickey started shooting in 1968 at the age of 13, and started shooting registered targets at the age of 15 in 1970. He shot his "first hundred straight" with the 20 gauge at the age of 17 in the 1972 "Old Dutch Open" held in Minneapolis, MN also winning the Gun Championship. The very next year in 1973 he was selected to the NSSA Junior All American Team.

       Mickey shot his first hundred straight with the 410 in 1976 at "The Rebel Open" winning the 410 Bore Gun Championship and HOA Championship.

       During the 1974 World Shoot Mickey was a member of the World Record 5-Man Team (1969x2000) of (Clark, Brewer, Smith, Rossetti, and Mize).

       During his shooting career Mickey has shot 157 'hundred straights', with 6 of them in the 410. He amassed several Gun Championships throughout his 24 years of shooting in 14 different states. His last registered targets were in 2000, where he ran 100 straight in the 12 gauge at Tupelo Gun Club.

       Some of the first memories of Mickey Mize are of him and his old 3200 in his shooting vest with his infectious smile and laugh. Seeing Mickey and Mr J.M. Scrivener at "The Bob White Skeet Club" in Aberdeen, MS. with some of his shooting partners, Walker Brewer, Gary Smith, Albert Clark, Tony Rossetti, and Slim Patterson to name a few. We all remember the way he could 'smoke' high one and high two so quickly. And the ones that really knew him also remember how fast he could go to sleep and how extremely loud he could snore.

       Mickey was one of the first to design a computer program for registering and sending the info to N.S.S.A. on a disk. It was a common sight to see Mickey and Walker registering and running shoots all over the skeet circuits for many years. Mickey served as an officer for M.S.S.A. for several years, mostly as Secretary and Treasurer. For the newbies, he was the Clark Hartness of the past century. He was a great competitor and friend to the Skeet World everywhere. And Mickey Mize is truly deserving of being inducted into THE MISSISSIPPI SKEET SHOOTING HALL OF FAME.

       



Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Class of 2014



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Dan Hester

(June 6, 1924 - August 9, 2007)

NSSA # 20062

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2014

 

1955 - Mississippi HOA, 20 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1956 - Mississippi 20 Gauge Champion

1957 - Mississippi 20 Gauge Champion

1958 - Mississippi HOA and 410 Bore Champion

1959 - Mississippi HOA, 20 Gauge and 28 Gauge Champion

1960 - Mississippi HOA, 20 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1961 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1962 - Mississippi 12 Gauge, 28 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1963 - Mississippi HOA, 12 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1964 - Mississippi HOA, 12 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1966 - Mississippi HOA and 410 Bore Champion

1965 - World 20 Gauge 5-Man Team Championship

Exemplary Contribution to MSSA, Instrumental in the opening of and charter member of Tupelo Gun Club

One of the founders of the “Hillbilly Open”

20,840 Lifetime NSSA Registered Targets

 

Dan Hester

By:  Danny Hester

 

Dan Hester was born in Nettleton, Mississippi and moved to Tupelo after WWII, where he remained until his death.  Dan Hester and wife Willene (both deceased) had three sons, Danny, Mitch, Mike and one daughter, Nena.  He was a new and used car dealer as his trade.

        He was instrumental in building the first gun club in Tupelo and was one of the founders of the “Hillbilly Open”, held annually by the Tupelo Gun Club.  He had a passion for teaching and training others to shoot.

        Dan was an excellent Calcutta auctioneer and was hosted annually by the Dallas Texas Gun Club as their Calcutta auctioneer.

        Dan was sponsored by Remington Arms and Federal ammunition during his shooting career.

        Dan started out shooting a Remington model 11A, as many of the era did and was advised to change to the more streamline, straight off the shelf, Remington model 11-48 with a cutts compensator, which he shot for his entire career.

        During the 1965 World Skeet Championships, held in Savannah, Georgia, prior to shooting in the 20 gauge championship he found that his then 10 year old son, Mitch, had dropped and bent the barrel of his gun. So before he shot the event, he borrowed another gun.  That gun must have fit him well, as he and the members of his 5-man team went on to shoot a new team world record in the 20 gauge.

        All of these accomplishments were done in spite of a birth defect that had left him to be declared legally blind as well as the fact that he shot a relatively low number of lifetime registered targets compared to today's standards.  Imagine if you will what Dan could have accomplished with 20/20 vision and the guns and shells that we use today!!



 

Richard Hollaway

NSSA # 116629

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2014

 

1984 - Mississippi  20 Gauge Champion

1987 - Mississippi HOA and 12 Gauge Champion

1988 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and Doubles Champion

1989 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and Doubles Champion

1990 - Mississippi 12 Gauge Champion

1991 - Mississippi HOA, Doubles, 28 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

1993 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and Doubles Champion

1994 - Mississippi HOA, 12 Gauge, 20 Gauge, 410 Bore and Doubles Champion

1995 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and Doubles Champion

1998 - Mississippi Doubles Champion

2005 - Mississippi 12 Gauge Champion

2008 - Mississippi HOA and 410 Bore Champion

Exemplary Contribution to MSSA, Initiator of Whitetail Ridge Gun Club.

1993 World 28 Gauge Champion

1994 Open All American Team 2nd Team

1995 World Champion of Champions

1996 Open All American Honorable Mention Team

98,739 Lifetime NSSA Targets as of August 2014

 

Richard Hollaway

By:  Brian Rishel

SHOOTOFF DOUBLES, 3, 4 AND 5!

Those words were always some of Richard Holloway's favorite sounds.  Many of his Mississippi and World titles were settled there, some more quickly than others.  One of the better ones that I witnessed was the Champion of Champions shoot off at the 1995 World Shoot.

By its very name the Champion of Champions event is filled with only the best of the best shooters.  Thirty Six (36) Competitors ran the 100 and were set for the shoot off which always was 410 Bore Doubles on 3, 4, 5. I use this as my example because it requires the utmost skill and ability to contain ones emotions to compete on this big stage with the “little” gun.

Fresh off his runner up finish in the Mini World 410 Bore event, Richard was brimming with confidence, more than even usual, but was unusually reserved in manner.  All the competitors were on one field, making it a long wait between shots especially at first.  The gradual dissipation of the wait began as the misses mounted, one by one.

Richard was especially sharp with mostly center hits leaving only two black puffs in the evening sky.  The first round was completed.  The second round was completed.  The Third round saw Richard as the Champion when Tim Gallagher and Al Magyar both dropped out on the same station.

This was just one outstanding moment from a Champion we can proudly call a member of the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.



 

MICHAEL BOYD

NSSA # 129220

Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame Induction 2014

1996 - Mississippi Doubles Champion

1997 - Mississippi Doubles Champion

1999 - Mississippi HOA and 20 Gauge Champion

2001 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and 28 Gauge Champion

2002 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

2003 - Mississippi 410 Bore Champion

2004 - Mississippi 28 Gauge Champion

2005 - Mississippi HOA, 20 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

2006 - Mississippi 20 Gauge Champion

2007 - Mississippi HOA Champion

2008 - Mississippi 28 Gauge Champion

2009 - Mississippi 12 Gauge and 410 Bore Champion

2010 - Mississippi 28 Gauge Champion

2012 - Mississippi Doubles Champion

2013 - Mississippi HOA Champion

2000 - Triple Sub All American Second Team

2004 - 400x400 Rebel Open HOA Champion

2005 - Sub Sub Senior All American First Team

2006 - Sub Sub Senior All American Second Team

76,700 Lifetime NSSA Registered as of August 2014

Capitol Gun Club Leadership

 

Michael Boyd

By:  Nathan Boyd

 

Michael Boyd was first introduced to skeet in 1983 at Pigeon Ridge in McComb, MS. He broke a 24 out of 25 clays on his first outing using a Remington 870 pump with a modified choke.

Although it took him a few years to shoot in the winner's circle, he was there for the long run after winning his first Mississippi title in 1996 where he captured the Doubles event. "Mikey" as he is know by his competitors won his first of four HOA titles in 1999.

Since 2000 he has won over 55 non-state HOA and Gun championships.   Some of his memorable accomplishments include the 410 Bore Runner-Up at the 2004 World Skeet Championships (Champion Wayne Mayes!), 2004 Doubles high average runner-up with a .9940 and the 2005 Zone 6 HOA Champion.

Mike began shooting registered targets in 1987 and to date has shot over 76000 lifetime registered targets.

Even though Mike has worked extremely hard to achieve the previously mentioned titles and accomplishments; he has also sacrificed much time, effort and resources to allow his son to shoot just as  much if not more than himself.

Mike has always shot the game the right way and is very well deserving of his induction into the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.