EDGEFIELD, S.C. – Longtime shotgunner Chris Scott blew away the previous Still Target world record during a recent National Wild Turkey Federation Southern Kentucky Still Target shoot.
The stars aligned and ideal weather conditions on May 21 gave Scott, of Oakdale, Tennessee, the advantage he needed to shoot a 67 in the 12-gauge open class, shattering the previous record of 57 set in 2015.
“The weather was great the day of the shoot. The wind was calm, and I was comfortable when the trigger was pulled,” Scott said. “It’s an honor and privilege to be associated with the elite groups who have held the world record, and to do so with a stock Browning [Gold 12-gauge] that anyone could purchase at their local sporting goods store, Winchester Long Beard XR [No. 6 shot] ammunition and an Indian Creek [model .655] choke tube is just proof anyone has a chance.”
“We knew Long Beard XR would be a game-changer due to its capabilities and performance, but to consistently break its own world record is nothing to take lightly,” said Brett Flaugher, vice president of marketing, sales and strategy for Winchester Ammunition. “We’re thrilled that our innovation continues to keep our customers at the top of their game and proud that Mr. Scott has chosen to use Winchester as his ammunition of choice.”
According to Chris Piltz, NWTF special events coordinator, “Technological advances in ammunition continue to shape the future of the still target competition. With the right weather conditions and a steady hand, our competitors are showing they can achieve incredibly tight patterns at 40 yards.”
Eli Sloan, a youth shooter from North Carolina, held the previous record in the open class, shooting a 57 during the 2015 Heat is On Regional Shoot held annually at the Back Woods Quail Club in Georgetown, South Carolina.
The Still Target Championships began as a way for hunters and the turkey hunting industry to showcase new technology and define best practices for patterning a shotgun and achieving ethical turkey hunting conditions. Competitors use shotguns, and from a seated position, they shoot at a paper turkey target 40 yards downrange. The goal is to place as many pellets as possible inside a 3-inch circle.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, improving more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introducing 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. The NWTF was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history. To learn more, visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.
About Winchester Ammunition
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