Larry Corbett, manager of the farm and shooting range at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, didnt take home the gold medal he wanted. But he still showed hes among the best shotgunners in the world.
Corbett, 66, won the Super Veteran gold medal in the Five Stand competition at the World English Sporting Clays Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
Shooting the Browning .325 sporting clays model shotgun he has had for about 10 years, he hit 85 of 100 clay pigeons for the gold. Overall, he said, he hit about 87 percent of 600 targets as one of more than 700 shooters from 13 countries hosted April 23-28 by the National Sporting Clays Association at the National Shooting Complex.
He also was the runner-up in the FITASC Super Veteran event, and he finished third in the Preliminary Super Veteran shoot after a draw broke a second-place tie.
I was pleased with everything except the Main Event, Corbett, who won his age group two years ago, said Monday. I came sixth place. It was just one of those days.
Still, he added another gold as part of Team USAs team victory.
Even though I didnt shoot that well, I was still second place on the team, he said.
Corbett had another reason to be proud. His 16-year-old grandson, Braxton Oliver, who attends Bunn High School, placed fourth as a Sub-Junior in the Main Event.
Corbett looks forward to competing again.
It was a very enjoyable shoot because all four of the Team USA super veterans were squaded together, he said, and we all shot together and we all had a great fun time. I hope to see all four of them again next week in South Carolina at the U.S. Open Sporting Clays [Championship] shoot.
Results can be found at winscoreonline.com.
State records set: A white crappie from a private Wake County pond and a Kerr Lake freshwater drum are state records, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said in a May 2 news release.
On March 20, Jonathan Wilkerson of Oxford reeled in a 23-pound, 8-ounce freshwater drum from the Beaver Pond Creek section of Kerr. Fishing in the early evening, he used a plastic fluke on 10-pound test. The previous record also came from Kerr, a 22-pound, 12-ounce fish caught in January 2007.
On April 1, Joey Boretti, 17, of Holly Springs caught his 3-pound, 15-ounce white crappie, also in the early evening. He used a Storm WildEye(r) Swim Shad lure on a spinning rod. The previous record weighed 3-2 and was caught in the Tar River Reservoir in April 2010.
Learn more about state records at www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
Black sea bass considered: Friday is the deadline for public comment on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils proposed measures that may increase the length of this years recreational and commercial seasons for black sea bass. The season opens June 1. The council will hold a special meeting via webinar 1-5 p.m. Monday. Learn more at www.safmc.net.
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