Moffat County shooters make their mark at national contest
Though they keep their skills sharp throughout the year, summertime is when young residents of Northwest Colorado show they’re on target in mastering marksmanship.
Moffat County had three of its top talents attend the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships at the end of June in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Cutter Polly represented the local archery program in the compound bow contest, placing eighth in the nation out of more than 100 competitors in his final year of eligibility.
Polly scored 655 and shot 94 percent proficiency in the FITA round, 263 and 96 percent in the field round, and 273 for 93 percent with 3-D targets.
The Colorado team also placed eighth in compound archery.
Angela Hill likewise ranked eighth in the air rifle, her top results coming from a 98 percent in the standing position for a score of 358.8, contributing to a fourth-place finish for Colorado in the category.
Eli Ellis placed 40th in smallbore rifle, including 93 percent in the CMP round, for which he scored 555. Colorado placed seventh among state teams in the rifle competition.
Though the Colorado team as a whole did not win in any of the shooting events — the closest being second in recurve archery — the group took fourth overall in the sweepstakes.
Moffat County shooting sports teams will host its completion shoots for this year’s state-level competition for both senior and junior age groups.
The .22 rifle and pistol kids will shoot July 15 at Bears Ears Sportsman Club, with the air rifle and air pistol competitors hitting the range July 18.
The archery team will spend July 22 at the Wyman Living History Museum pitch, while the shotgun team will round out the month July 29 at Craig Trap Club.
With an above-average snowpack following a snowy winter, local firefighters and wildlife experts are expecting a mild fire season this year, especially at higher elevations.