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2/3/2013 10:11:00 PM
Bird Busters build safety, confidence, teamwork
Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier
Prescott Bird Busters Coach Bob Davis, left, grins while Luke Poteat, next left, turns and smiles at teammates Sunday during practice after hitting a target on the sporting clays range at Prescott Trap and Skeet Club near Dewey.
Below, Mathew Curran, right, shoots a target during trap practice Sunday as Coach Pat Fraher, second from right, and the rest of his Prescott Bird Busters teammates watch at Prescott Trap and Skeet Club near Dewey.
Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier
Prescott Bird Busters Coach Bob Davis, left, grins while Luke Poteat, next left, turns and smiles at teammates Sunday during practice after hitting a target on the sporting clays range at Prescott Trap and Skeet Club near Dewey. Below, Mathew Curran, right, shoots a target during trap practice Sunday as Coach Pat Fraher, second from right, and the rest of his Prescott Bird Busters teammates watch at Prescott Trap and Skeet Club near Dewey.
‘Busters do well at Ben Avery Fun Shoot
The Prescott Bird Busters participated in the Ben Avery Fun Shoot in Phoenix Jan. 26 and 27, with many members improving scores from previous years, and several teammates bringing back medals.

Coach Brian Witty said Erica Petlin, who shot 0 in trap in 2010, shot a 38 this year in trap.

Joe Witty earned an eighth place in skeet for senior level 3, and Emily Williams placed second in skeet for senior level 2.

Colton Underwood placed eighth in trap and fifth in skeet for intermediate level 3, Jakob Woods placed fourth in skeet for intermediate level 3, and Lewis Aul placed fifth in trap and second place in skeet for intermediate level 3.

Austin Reynolds placed sixth in trap for intermediate level 2.

Kody Ray placed sixth in trap and fourth in skeet for rookie level 1, and Samantha Witty placed eighth in trap and second skeet for rookie level 1.

It rained throughout the entire competition, and sporting clays were cancelled because that area of the shooting range was flooded.


After Luke Poteat shot a target on the sporting clays range Sunday at Prescott Trap and Skeet Club near Dewey, he turned and smiled to his cheering Prescott Bird Busters teammates as Coach Bob Davis grinned.

Davis, a coach for the past four years, said he really appreciates the kids' enthusiasm. "They're so excited to shoot," he said.

"I like being able to shoot with friends, but have fun and be competitive at the same time," said Luke, who's in his first year with the scholastic clay target program sponsored by Arizona Game and Fish.

Tim Poteat said he appreciates his son learning how to shoot in a safe environment.

The scholastic clay target program for youth 9 years old through high school graduation uses shotgun sports of trap, skeet and sporting clays to instill discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, and self-confidence.

"I love the people, coming out here to shoot, and the camaraderie," said Emily Williams, who has been shooting competitively for a year and has been in Prescott Bird Busters for the past three years.

Nicolai Ahuja said he likes congratulating teammates like Luke when they do well and encouraging them to take it to the next level.

"They pretty much work together and coach each other," said Robert Aul, whose son Lewis has been on the team for the past three years.

His wife Nancy Aul said, "It teaches them responsibility."

Two certified shotgun coaches work with each team - grouped by skill level - and teach kids about firearms, safety, and teamwork, said Coach Brian Witty, lead instructor with the Prescott Bird Busters.

"The most important thing they learn is gun safety," said Pete Martinez, whose son Kevin takes part in the program. "It's so important for youth to understand the importance of how to handle a gun and the power behind it."

Terry Ford said his favorite part is seeing his grandson Nicholas Miller grow and be competitive.

"He's getting such good instruction," Ford said.

Tim Reynolds said his son Austin is in his third year with Prescott Bird Busters.

"It gives him an outlet every two weeks to go shoot," Reynolds said. "We hunt small game, and I appreciate him learning safely how to shoot. He's also having a lot of fun learning something he can do his entire life."

Prescott Bird Busters meets from noon to 2 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month from October through April at Prescott Trap and Skeet Club in Prescott Valley. For more information, go to the web site www.prescotttrapandskeetclub.com.

"Everyone on our team works together," Cole Parrish said. "It's something you can do your whole life and a good way to meet friends."

After practice, Mathew Curran, a first year participant, said he enjoys trap most, because it's so fun, while Garrett Stacy said he liked shooting and hanging out with friends.

"It's definitely mentally challenging," said Kevin Martinez.

"We're always learning something new and it's fun to go to the competitions."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: K U

Mr. Major, I am seeing this article for the first time and after reading what you wrote I am compelled to also state my opinion. This is not just a pay fifty bucks and you get to shoot a gun kind of deal. These kids so through extensive gun safety education. There are experienced adults around to make sure they follow the safety guidelines and have fun at the same time. It is unfair to put these kids in your warped stereotype image. These kids put in hard work and dedication to compete at the state level. A few from your area have won and will be representing Arizona at a national level. They will demonstrate good safety, sportsmanship, and teamwork. These kids are in a league of their own. They are our future of our second amendment protection.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: @ Ted's perspective

Where are all the daughters?
Good hand and eye coordination and the means to afford the expense, heck even the President can do it, for a sport that's for everyone, isn't something missing?


Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: okay people enlightened verses hiding in the dark

So, the trouble, the shootings being brought by the media straight to us is new? Yes the recent shootings of children are, but what will it take for the collective vote to allow the govt to change our entire way of life. I say that young people being taught responsible firearm ownership is key to the future as it does rest in the arms of the young. In this society, I support the Courier in it's decision to post a positive story about fiream possession by the young ones

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: J K

@can't wait. Most of us "libs" see nothing wrong with this activity. Many of us have even participated in like events and enjoy having guns. But we also don't see the need to have 30 round mags. and semi-automatic assault style weapons which , when in the wrong hands, gives extraordinary power to kill large numbers of people in a very short time. We also see the value of attempting to set up barriers and policies which limit access to any firearms to criminals and others deemed dangerous to society.

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: J T

My oldest (11) has been a member of the Birdbusters for 2 years. He has also gotten 2 of his friends involved too. Both of my sons have had prior firearms training, and this is a great way for them to learn a new sport from experienced, professional coaches. This program is designed for 9 and up and my youngest can't wait 'till next season so he can join the team as well.
Absolutely great coaches, a great sport, and a great program for the kids.


Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: Ted's Perspective

Bird Busters is making gun ownership, safe for everyone in the future. Skills and roll model mentoring is essential at a young age to understand and respect firearms. The skills acquired in this type of setting have stayed with me my entire life.

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: Can't wait...

for the displaced libs to tell us how horrible we are here in AZ with all this gun culture. But remember, you can always take a flight back to Californication!

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: An American

A good positive story that includes the responsible use of firearms, I like seeing those muzzles up. Way to go guys, keep the sport alive..

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: Steven Major

Wondering how many of these 9 year olds with shotguns are on doctor prescribed mind altering "behavior modification" drugs so common in today's youth. The application to become a member does not ask ANY health related questions... fifty bucks and your in.
Maybe, learning social skills, self confidence, and character building does not require shot guns.




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