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2019 Referee Exam?

Skeet-Pull-CordA few Virginia shooters and referees have contacted me recently to see if there’s going to be an updated referee exam for 2019.  Good question!  So I just spoke with Michelle at NSSA HQ, and she said the Rules Committee is meeting this weekend (1/5/2019) to discuss any rules changes and the updates to the referee test if necessary.

She also said if there is going to be a new referee test, they should have it posted on the NSSA website by next weekend.  If you missed the chance to take the referee test last year, be patient, a new test MAY be coming out very soon.  I’ll be posting another article with instructions very soon.

And don’t forget, for those of you who DID take the test last year, you’re covered until 2021 because our credentials are now good for 3 years.  The only shooters and refs who need to take an exam this year are those who did not take the test last year.  Stay tuned for more info…  -Lane Hartle

Red Nose Open at Fairfax

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to the 2019 skeet season! As usual, we start the new season with the annual Red Nose Open at the Fairfax Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, January 19th. This is a 12-gauge only shoot with 3 rotations beginning at 10:00am.

Click HERE to see the flyer for the shoot.

For shoot reservations, contact Jeff Bond (email and cell phone are in the flyer).

Seasons Greetings!

Laneman-01As the holiday season approaches, I wanted to take a few minutes to pass along some news to everyone.  I’ve been shooting registered skeet in Virginia since 1999, just after I left the Air Force and joined the CIA in 1998.  Several weeks ago, I announced to my managers that I plan to retire from the federal government in April, after more than 36 years, and move on to my next career in the private sector.  Along with my decision to retire, I also decided to leave Virginia, so I recently relocated to a nice rural area in southern Maryland.  How rural?  It took 4 weeks to get cable TV and internet service, which is why I haven’t updated our website for a while, but all is good now…

The time has come for me to step down as your chief referee.  I have served as the chief referee for the past three years, and will still be the chief referee for the 2019 state championships.  And since I still own property in Virginia until the end of January 2019, I’m still eligible to shoot the Virginia state shoot with my squad one last time.  That being said, I would ask the directors and club representatives to be thinking about someone to nominate as chief referee at the 2019 state shoot meeting.  Please contact Becky, Judy or myself if you’d like to be considered for the chief referee position.

The time has also come for me to transfer the website and Facebook page responsibilities to someone else.  I have maintained the VASkeet website since I redesigned it and posted the first article on June 5, 2014.  I have also paid for all the hardware, software, and web hosting fees out of my own pocket, because I enjoyed the challenge and I enjoyed providing a service to my fellow skeet shooters.  Again, please contact Becky, Judy or myself if you’re interested in becoming the webmaster for our website and editor for the Facebook page.

Oh yes, the seasons greetings…  I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May all of you shoot well and enjoy time with friends and family next season.  And I’ll see you at the shoots!!

-Lane Hartle, Chief Referee

2019 Shooting Schedule

Greetings everyone.  Now that our 2018 season is over, it’s time to focus on the upcoming 2019 shooting season.  I’m attaching a copy of the final schedule that was approved at the November Board of Director’s meeting.

Click HERE to see the 2019 Virginia skeet schedule.

Click HERE to see the 2019 Maryland skeet schedule.

Click HERE to see the 2019 North Carolina skeet schedule.

Start planning now for the shoots you’d like to attend.  Of special note for next year, Conservation Park is hosting both the Armed Services Shoot in May and the Zone 2 Championships in August.  Our state shoot will be held at the Fredericksburg Rod & Gun Club.

Also, we have a few new clubs to welcome to VSSA, and both are holding their first shoots next season. The Mathews Gun Club is hosting three shoots in March, June and October, and Rivanna is hosting two shoots in April and September.  Be sure to add these new clubs to your schedule and show them your support.

Hope to see all of you at the shoots next year!  -Lane Hartle

Passing of Bobby Wilkerson

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Bobby Wilkerson.  Janet Fischer just passed along this information to me.  He was a member of the Langley-Portsmouth Club and also shot frequently at Fort Lee.  As soon as arrangements and further information are made available, I will provide everyone with an update.  Please keep Bobby’s family and friends in your prayers.  -Lane Hartle

Last Shoots of the Season

With October only a week away, there’s not many shoots remaining in the 2018 season.  Listed below are your final opportunities to participate before putting the guns away for next season.  We also have a change to announce, the Middlesex shoot on October 13th will now be held at Chesapeake Bay.  So get out and support your favorite clubs while you still can.  Click the links for more info...

Sep 28-29, Chesapeake Bay, Red Maple Open
Sep 29, Kettlefoot, Kettlefoot Open #3
Oct 4-7, Halifax, Portsmouth-Langley Open
Oct 6-7, Fort Lee, C. B. Moore Open
Oct 13, Dublin, Year End Open
Oct 13, Chesapeake Bay, Middlesex Rivah Open
Oct 13, Brushy Mountain, Fall Open
Oct 19-21, Arrowhead, Elam Memorial Open
Oct 20-22, Airfield, Ken Grover Memorial Open
Oct 26-27, Roanoke, Fall Challenge Open

Tidewater Challenge Cancelled

Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, the Tidewater Challenge that was scheduled for this coming weekend at Conservation Park is now cancelled. Keep an eye on your local weather reports, and stay safe, everyone!  -Lane Hartle

State Championships Winners Report

Now that the dust has settled and everyone is safely back home from the State Championships at Arrowhead, the final report of winners by class and concurrent is now available, along with team standings as well.

Click HERE to see the PDF copy of the report

Congratulations to Garrett Jordan (HOA Champ) and Mark Scott (HAA Champ)!!

Passing of John Eklund

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of John G. Eklund, age 88 of Stanardsville, VA. John passed away peacefully in the presence of family on August 17, 2018 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA, after battling lung cancer and other ailments.


John was born in New York in 1929 to parents John A. and Esther I. Eklund. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Gauss Eklund who passed away in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Marilynne E. Eklund, and his sister Gladys Munhall of New Jersey. He is also survived by two daughters, Anita Eklund Hurley and husband Rick of Richmond, VA and Lynne Louise Eklund and partner David Williams of Manassas, VA and stepson Mike Edwards and wife Suenette of Gainesville, VA and stepdaughter Laurie Edwards Shifflett and husband Kenny of Chantilly, VA, along with grandchildren Justin Shifflett, Ashley Clark, Jeanette Jones, Kellen Hunsberger, Veronica Kepler and Sean Hurley, plus eight great grandchildren.

Nicknamed “Gil” by his sister and parents, John was raised in the Bronx, New York. He entered the Air Force in 1951. He then attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering after attending Officers Candidate School. He retired from the Air Force in 1973 as a Lieutenant Colonel after receiving several meritorious service medals and also serving as commander of Shemya Air Force Base in Alaska.

John and Marilynne have lived in Stanardsville, VA since 2007. He was a champion skeet shooter and traveled across the US for local, World and Armed Forces shoots and enjoyed the camaraderie with his skeet friends. He and Marilynne loved to take cruises on Holland America and traveled to many different locations in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Canada. He also enjoyed traveling in his RV, amateur radio, crossword puzzles, reading, eating at diners across the country along with building and fixing electronics as the handyman extraordinaire.

A private interment at Culpeper National Cemetery will be held in September followed by a Life Celebration for family and friends at the Piedmont Sportsmen Club, 13064 Cox Mill Rd, Gordonsville, VA at 12:30 on Saturday, September 22, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarrierproject.org.  

An online guestbook for condolences and memories along with further details are available at the Preddy Funeral Home website www.preddyfuneralhomes.com.

Upcoming Shoots in September

Listed below are the upcoming skeet shoots for September.
Click on the links to see the flyers for each shoot:

Aug/Sept 31-2, Piedmont, Labor Day Open
Sep 1-2, Piedmont, Twyman Open
Sep 8, Dublin, Fall Open
Sep 8-9, Fort Lee, Jim Heart Open
Sep 8, Arlington-Fairfax Izaak Walton, Fall 50’s
Sep 9, Arlington-Fairfax Izaak Walton, Closed Club Shoot (50’s)
Sep 13-15, Richmond, Tidewater Challenge Open
Sep 14-15, Franklin County, Moonshine Open
Sep 22, Triangle, Woodcock Open (night shoot)
Sep 28-29, Chesapeake Bay, Red Maple Open
Sep 29, Kettlefoot, Kettlefoot Open #3

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