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10/06/2011

Hazlehurst man wins world shooting title


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Bobby Sears used a turkey choke tube designed by a friend to win a world shooting title

EDGEFIELD, S.C. —Bobby Sears came up a big winner Oct. 1 when he put a turkey choke tube created by friend Jimmy Washam to the ultimate test at the NWTF's 2011 Wild Turkey World Still Target Championships.

Using a JEB's Precision choke tube that Sears and Washam are now marketing in South Georgia, the Hazlehurst, Ga., native won the Hunter Division in his first-ever shooting competition.

"I'm just an ol' country boy," said the 46-year-old Sears, a land and timber manager. "I ca

Still-target shooting simulates turkey hunters shooting a wild turkey gobbler at 40 yards with a shotgun. Winners are determined by the number of pellets a shooter is able to put in a 3-inch circle on a paper target.

Shooters faced some of the most difficult weather conditions that the Still Target Championship has seen in recent years. Gusting winds, widely fluctuating temperatures and varying humidity added an extra level of complexity for competitors.

After dozens of rounds of qualifying competition on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Sears, shooting with a Browning BPS with a Nikon scope and two ounces of HEVI-13 No. 6 shot, joined other finalists later in the day on Saturday as the competition's drama unfolded in the finals.

Originally known as a "turkey shoot," the NWTF's Still Target Championships were conceived 19 years ago as a conservation effort to help turkey hunters better understand the point of aim and point of impact of their turkey guns.

"The ultimate goal of the competition is to reduce crippling loss and misses in the field, but it's also a great way for equipment manufacturers to improve their turkey hunting products," said Rhett Simmons, NWTF director of special events.

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