Carnival gives shooters a chance to test aim

Kyle Booth dominated the state clay target championships at the Tasmanian Gun Club at Evandale at the long weekend winning three events.

The Hobart junior won the title of best Tasmanian shooter at the carnival and took first place in the AA-grade high gun and the AA grade in the double barrel.

Devonport shooter Ayden Morse also performed well, winning the Tasmanian points score championship by shooting 159/159 to beat Victorian Steve Sayers on 158/159 yesterday.

Nick Brown, of Sassafras, also impressed by shooting 418 shots without a miss to achieve a 400 break badge.

State clay target association president Cheryl Arnol said the event was a success despite a drop in competitor numbers.

``We've had a very successful carnival in terms of the number of new shooters and young shooters who have competed,'' she said.

``We also had a large number of interstate shooters, and they were all very pleased with how the carnival went.

``Numbers were down a little bit, but we put that down to the economic time and the fires and floods.''

Arnol said a highlight of the event was watching 12-year-old Lachlan Brown, of Sassafras - who has only been shooting for about a month - fight out the C-grade events against veteran Lance Witzerman, who is in his 80s.

Junior shooter Thomas Johnston won the Fred O'Brien Encouragement Award at the championship, his first major carnival. 

More than 150 shooters from across Australia competed. 

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