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Hall of Fame

2001 – Orrin Piepenburg

Wisconsin State Titles

12 Gauge (3 times) – 1984, 1986, 1996

20 Gauge (3 times) – 1980

28 Gauge (3 times) – 1980, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1997

.410 Bore (1 times) – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2000

Doubles (1 times) – 2005

HOA (3 times) – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

HAA (1 times) – 1996, 2000


Orrin Piepenburg can’t remember when he started shooting skeet, but he does recall that he switched from trap shooting to skeet when a field was installed at his local Reedsville club.  The first stage of his career began sometime before 1970, but those records seem to have been lost.  Orrin recalls that those were the days when singles were shot at each station, then shooters proceeded to circle the field again to shoot doubles at stations one, two, six and seven.  During this early period orrin was influenced by another Hall of Fame member, Jim Settlage (2000).  Orrin reminds us that in those days it was not unusual to drive to a shoot in a pickup and then sleep in it.  When Orrin began his shooting, he used a set of four Remington 870s.  He still has a matched set of weighted 28 ga. and .410 Remingtons. He soon graduated to a set of Remington 1100s.  In 1977, Orrin tubed a Winchester 101 with Purbaughs.  While he wasn’t the first to have a tubed gun, many people thought the idea was a bit weird and referred to the “tinker toys” that had to be put together rather carefully.

Orrin began his “second” career in skeet in 1976. Since that time he has registered more than 150,000 NSSA targets.  He has been named to the All-State First Team 16 times.  He was named Captain 3 times. He was won twenty-one state championships.  During this time, he captured wins at the Wisconsin State Championships in HAA, HOA, 12, 20, 28 Gauge and .410 Bore.  Fiver times he won HOA including four in a row from 1984 to 1989.  In 1988 he broke a 399 to take the HOA-still the highest score in this event.  One of Orrin’s most impressive accomplishments has been his success with the .410. Five times he has won the state .410 crown – more wins in that event than any other shooter.  His skills remain as evidenced by his win in the .410 last year (2000).  Now a “Senior” shooter, Orrin reminds us that “I ain’t done yet.”