Brandon Powell of Comer, Ga., took top honors at the NWTF’s 18th annual Turkey Shoot Aug. 17­-19 at The Meadows National Gun Club.

Powell hit 191 targets – including 99 of 100 during Sunday’s final round – to rally from a five-shot deficit and win the main event, a two-day, 200-target competition. Keith Higgins of Mobile, Ala., finished second, breaking 189 sporting clays.

“It was awesome to win this,” said the 25-year-old Powell, after claiming his second Turkey Shoot main event title. “I had thought I could shoot 99 or 100 Sunday and still be out of it.”

On opening day, Powell also won the Browning 12-gauge preliminary competition, breaking 97 of 100 targets.

Kevin DeMichiel of Macon, Ga., won the 5-Stand division in a three-way shootoff Sunday after hitting 46 of 50 targets.

A field of 464 participants, including many of the nation’s top shooters, competed for $100,000 in cash and prizes. Plus, more than 100 guns were given away.

“The NWTF wants to thank The Meadows National Gun Club, the city of Forsyth and all the participants and sponsors,” said Danny Young, NWTF vice president of marketing. “The NWTF is proud to host such a premier national shooting event. The skills displayed this weekend on an especially difficult course were amazing.”

Sporting clays, which many describe as golf with a shotgun, is a form of shooting sports in which clay targets are thrown at different speeds, distances and trajectories to simulate a range of hunting scenarios.

Turkey Shoot proceeds benefit the NWTF’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen outreach program, which provides outdoor opportunities to people with disabilities.

Image courtesy of NWTF

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