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22nd Bud Pryor & Maryland State 100/200/300

Thurmont Conservation & Sportsman's Club

Thurmont Maryland
11-12 June , 2016

The winners Wayne Lewis, Dave Short, Richard Sissel, K.L. Miller, Hillary Martinez, & Dean Breeden.

Dave Short after a long absence from IBS shoots is back with a vengence. Dave won the 200, with his top 10 finish at 100 he is the leader after the first 2 yardages.


Saturday June 11th was the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes in NY., and the 22nd running of the Bud Pryor memorial match  at Thurmont MD. Since this is a shooting website  I will be writing about the “Bud”. This years offering was a 2 day match with 100/200 yards on Saturday followed by the 300 yards on Sunday. It was a return to the format used from 1994 until we started having to turn shooters away in 2004..

It was typical “Bud” weather , hot well into the middle 90’s on Saturday. Sunday was considerably cooler and with extremely challenging wind conditions all day long.  There was no rain on Saturday but a big threat of a thunderstorm on Sunday. Luckily the thunderstorm held off as the shooters had their hands full enough dealing with the high winds.

Wayne Lewis from South Carolina took the early lead in Varmint For Score class, by winning the 100yd stage with a fine  250-23x  Score. Wayne France , Dave Short, and Jim Cline were right behind him with 21x each. K.L. Miller won the 100yd  in Hunter class with a 250-16x Score.  KL ‘s score with his 6X power scoped rifle  would have put him in the top half of VFS class.

Pennsylvania shooter Dave Short won the  200 yard VFS with a 250-8x. Paul Bielec took second place honors with a 249-4x. Unfortunately Paul had a misstep at 100yards on the final match. Cross-firing onto the target of the empty bench to his right and incurring a  5 point penalty marred his otherwise excellent performance for the weekend.  Paul’s situation left Dave Short as the only shooter who was not at least two points down going into the 300yd section on Sunday. Meanwhile in Hunter class  K.L. Miller trudged along beating 2nd place Orland Bunker with a 243-0x to Orlands 241-6x.

Sunday was the 300 yard stage, this is always the  big equalizer in a 100/200/300 yd. match. As previously mentioned conditions were unusually challenging Sunday. This was testified to by the fact that Richard Sissel won the aggregate with a 243-3x. Dave Short was a close 2nd with a 243-2x. Dean Breeden & Michael Clayton also turned in 243,’s after that the scores fell off fairly fast.  Back in Hunter once again K,L  finished on top with a 238-1x. Scott Garman from Maine turned in a very nice performance with a 236-3x.

When all the Scores were totaled up Dave easily won the VFS  Grand aggregate with a 743-31x, Dean Breeden was 2nd with 741-27x, Hillary Martinez 3rd with 739-31x and 100 yard winner Wayne Lewis was 4th with 739-29x. It looked like Wayne had a  2nd place  finish in he grand until the last target of the day when instead of dropping  1 point per target as he had been doing all day, he dropped 5 points moving him to 6th. In the Hunter class K.L led the entire weekend, his 731-17 x  Grand agg. Score put a substantial distance between himself and 2nd place Orland Bunker.

All in all I think everybody had a good time.(some better than others) and I believe most will bee seen back in Maryland the 2nd weekend in June 2017 for the 23rd Bud Pryor memorial. Unless perhaps they go to New York for a horse race.

K.L. Miller won everything i Hunter class by a wide margin.


100 Yard detailed report

200 Yard detailed report

300 Yard detailed report

Wayne Lewis won the 100yd


Equipment List