Wisconsin State Titles
12 Gauge (3 times) – 1988, 1991, 1997
20 Gauge (2 times) – 1988, 1991
28 Gauge (3 times) – 1987, 1991, 1995
.410 Bore (1 times) – 1991
Doubles (5 times) – 1984, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1998
HOA (2 times) – 1991, 1997
HAA (3 times) – 1987, 1991, 1992
28 Gauge – 1990
.410 Bore – 1991
HOA – 1991
400×400 – July 7th, 1991, July Open, Waukesha Gun Club
400×400 – Feb 16th, 1994, Mid-Week Open, Black Canyon Trap and Skeet
James Dawson was “Mr. Skeet” in Wisconsin from the mid-eighties to the late nineties – the sport’s hey-day in the state. As one of the movers and shakers at the club and state levels, He promoted the game and made it fun for all classes of shooters. Jim raised money for shoots and cajoled people into getting involved. Jim’s enthusiasm for skeet rubbed off on everyone including his regular team members – Mark Reichow, Orrin Piepenburg, John Celebre, and Ron Duffy. As Jim is quick to say, it is the people you meet and the camaraderie among the shooters that make the game fun.
Jim had fun, but he was also a terrific competitor who loved to win. And he won a lot, but only after paying his dues by working his way up the ladder of classes. He learned that practice had to be focused if his skills and mental toughness were to improve. Improve he did. In his best year of shooting, 1991, he broke forty-two 100 straights. That same year he overwhelmed a tough field of competitors by winning all four gun titles along with HOA and HAA at the state shoot. He also broke his first of two 4X4s in ’91. Over the years at Wisconsin State Championships he collected fourteen gun titles along with two HOA and two HAA crowns.