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PITA Buckmaster Memorial Shoot
March 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The History of PITA & Its Impact on Idaho
At the present time the Boise Gun Club holds a number of trapshooting events that are sanctioned and registered with the Pacific International Trapshooting Association (PITA). The PITA was formed in 1931 to give Western shooters a bigger voice in their sport and Idaho was a charter member.
The PITA has about 4,000 members with state or provincial associations in Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The PITA keeps shooters records, selects an All-Star Team, and puts on the Grand Pacific Championship shoot each year. They also have special shooter awards and special memberships for Youth shooters and new PITA members. For more information on the PITA, go to: shootpita.com
The core of the PITA is the state and provincial associations. The Idaho State PITA schedules and organizes PITA shooting events in Idaho. The state association is run by a seven person board of directors which is elected each year at the Idaho State Shoot. The Idaho PITA writes the program for, and puts on a state shoot every year. They award special Idaho shooting recognition pins and pay for ½ of any new member’s first year dues. They also help gun clubs with running PITA registered events.
The Boise Gun Club held the first seven Idaho PITA state shoots and since 1931 has hosted the state shoot over 20 times.
John Buckmaster Memorial Shoot
This shoot evolved from several years of having a non-registered memorial shoot once a year to remember our shooter friends who had passed away. When John Buckmaster passed away in 2003 it was decided to change this to a registered shoot and honor Buck and other shooters that had passed in 2003. Buck was one of the key figures in building the Boise Gun Club at its present Kuna-Mora location and he was the president of the club when we built it in 1972. We also had a perfect date for the first shoot – February 29, 2004. That was “Leap Day” on a Sunday (which would not happen again until 2088). The 16th annual shoot was held March 3, 2019 with 300 registered targets and 40 trophies and awards.