Records falling at the 2017 Still Target Championship


EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The 2017 Still Target Championship is just getting underway today at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s headquarters, and already two records have been broken.

Joseph Sloan, who has been shooting since he started hunting with his dad at age five, shattered the previous record of 63 in the 12-gauge Open Class, shooting an 80. Sloan was shooting 12-gauge Winchester Longbeard XR #6 out of a custom bolt-action Savage with an Indian Creek choke.

The 20-Gauge Hunter Class record was the second to fall. Cody Waters broke the previous record of 23 by shooting a 35. Waters, the 2016 champion in the 20-Gauge Hunter Class, was shooting 20-gauge Winchester Longbeard XR #6, out of a Remington 870 with a JEBS Headhunter choke.

Joseph Sloan
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Cody Waters
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With a day and a half of competition remaining and favorable shooting conditions at the range, the excitement looks to continue.

Update: Chris Scott also broke a record in the 20-gauge open class by posting a mark of 39. He was shooting 20-gauge Winchester Longbeard XR #6, from his Ithaca-Gunworks shotgun with an Indian Creek .555 choke tube.

Chris Scott
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About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit

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