Wisconsin State Titles
12 Gauge (1 time) – 2006
20 Gauge (1 time) – 1993
Doubles (2 times) – 2000, 2001
HOA (1 time) – 1998
20 Gauge – 2001
Dave began shooting registered skeet in 1988 after taking the Hunter’s safety course with his son, Mike. His first shot was fired at the old Faskell’s gun club. Initially he shot both trap and skeet but found the camaraderie of the skeet circuit more to his liking. Over the years he developed close and valued friendships with a number of the shooters, and he holds fond memories of several who have passed on, including Bernie Faskell, Bud Wittich, and Mike O’Shefsky.
At the height of his shooting career, Dave registered about 8000 targets per year. He continues to shoot his trusty Beretta 682 that he purchased in 1991. The gun has been good to him, having broken many good scores. As of July 1, 2007, he had broken 86 one hundred straights. over the years he made the All-State Second Team seven times and All-State First Team three times. He won five State Championship gun titles and two Zone 5 gun titles.
The peak of his career was 2001, when he won the following championships:
1) Zone 5 20 gauge
2) State Doubles
3) Sauk Prairie Bald Eaglet HOA (399)
4) Jeff Myers HAA (498)
That year he maintained AAA averages in all guns. Dave and Becky have been contributors to the skeet game for many years. She performs the essential management tasks behind the desk, while he can be found on the field in his role as “skeet Nazi” hustling squads and adjusting machines. In 2000 Dave and Becky were both recipients of the Bill Spear Service Award, and Dave currently serves on the WSSA Board of Directors. Dave cut a unique figure on the skeet field, and he will always be remembered for his fast pace as squad leader and the ever-present cigar while shooting.