Thank you all for the kind words. Here's a picture of the 2 targets that won the world championship.
The target on the left has 29 "hits" in the 3" circle and the one on the right has 20 "hits".
Doris and I went to the shoot with no "seats" for the semi-finals. It's possible to earn seats in the semi-finals by shooting in regional still target shoots but with all the clean up after the storm, we just were not able to go to any. So, we were competing against shooters who already had as many as 20-30 seats already owned. That meant that we needed to shoot very well just to make it to the semi-finals.
It's a very hard shoot! We shoot from 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. each day with a 1 hour break for lunch. There is very little time between squads, just enough (sometimes) to see your previous target.
We shot well on Friday and earned seats in the semi-finals that began at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday. Doris made the "final 4" in the 20 Gauge Open Class and the 20 Gauge Women's Class. She was only 1-2 pellets off the winning scores. I have to add that she shot a stock/factory Remington 870 as her only gun. The winner in the 20 gauge open class shot a highly modified bolt action shotgun and choke.
I made the final 4 in the Hunter Class (unaltered factory guns) using the BPS-Truglo SSX-Truglo Open Sights-Hevi-13 shells.
To win, you must win 2 squads. That can take some time if different shooters win squads. This time I won the first squad and then won the second squad, so that was it.
This is a tough competition. We shoot a lot of 3" turkey loads over a long time. Then you get up and do it again the next day. The accumulative effect of recoil can take a toll on you if you don't find some way to reduce its effect. You are also up and down all day, walking to see your scores and you must stay hydrated in hot and windy conditions.
I enjoy the sport. I've met some fine folks from all over the U.S. that I might not otherwise have met. I'd encourage anyone to give it a try and look for a shoot in your area.
I apologize if I've hijacked this post. I realize I should have started a new one. I'll do better.