Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK; Eight Local Shooters Win State Crowns

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK; Eight Local Shooters Win State Crowns

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Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union

Eight junior shooters at Gateway Rifle and Pistol Club have captured state championships in both the Precision and Sporter categories of air rifle competition.

They will represent Florida in July at the Junior Olympics 3 Position (standing, kneeling, prone) Air Competition in Bowling Green, Ky. Gateway has won the state Precision title three years in a row, but this is the first time the club has claimed both Precision and Sporter categories.

The Precision team members are Bartram Trail's Katherine Harrington, who will attend Nebraska on a shooting scholarship; Douglas Anderson's Rebeka Vaughn, who will be shooting the next four years for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and sophomores Alexandra Shaffer of Nease and Kristine Harrington of Bartram Trail.

Sporter team members, all of whom participate in Parker High School's NJROTC program, are Jordan Bransford, L.J. Johnson, Austin Kraft and Haley Camp.

Precision and Sporter are basically the same discipline, with Precision requiring more complex equipment.

DOG HUNTING MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Two public meetings, one in Lake City and another in the Panhandle, have been scheduled to discuss ways to resolve conflicts between landowners and those who hunt deer with dogs.

The Lake City session is Wednesday, May 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Columbia County School Board Auditorium, 528 W. Duval St. The other meeting will be hosted by Chipola College Arts Center in Marianna on Thursday, May 27 from 7-9 p.m. CST.

Despite new rules designed to head off hunter-landowner conflicts, problems persist.

"There are recurring problems, particularly in North Florida, with deer dogs trespassing onto private lands," said John Ault of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's North Central Region.

The FWC hopes to hear public feedback at the meetings on how to deal with the issue. Ideas put forth to date include advisory groups to mediate conflicts, targeted law enforcement, stiffer penalties for trespassing and a project in three Panhandle counties that would require a no-cost permit to hunt on private lands. …

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