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Staying on target: Perry named to state sporting clay team

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By John Whitlock

A sharp-shooting Owen County woman continues to rack up statewide honors as she pursues her dream.
Shadoe Perry was recently named to the Kentucky Sporting Clays team. She has received the designation several times before but is pleased by the honor.
Perry said the team doesn’t actually meet or compete against other teams.
Points are accrued by how a shooter ranks during competition. The top points winners are named to the team.
“You get points from competitions in Kentucky,” Perry said. “They (the Profession Sporting Clays Association) add up the points from shoots in the previous year
There is even an app that keeps track of the collected points but Perry doesn’t use it and depends on her friends to tell her when she makes the team.
“I don’t follow it,” Perry said. “Usually, one of my friends sends me a message on Facebook and that’s how I find out.”
Perry’s interest in shooting dates back to her mid-teens.
“I started working at Elk Creek (Hunt Club) when I was 15,” Perry said. “I was overwhelmed by what I saw. I started studying every professional shooter who came through there - everything that did, how they prepared, how they carried themselves. I learned everything I could about shooting. I bought my first gun and went straight into competition.”
As she continued to compete, her love of the sport continued to grow and she made what was nothing short of a life-changing decision to chase her dream.
Perry, who had been pursuing a nursing degree in college, changed her major to communications at Northern Kentucky University. Her ultimate ambition is to work for a major gun manufacturer.
Since Bobby Rowe took over the Elk Creek Hunt Club earlier this year, Perry has seen several changes but the dedication to the sport is still there as well as her commitment to Elk Creek.
“With the reputation I’ve developed, I could go other places,” Perry said. “But I really love it here and they (the Rowe family) really want it to do well and succeed. They care so much about the club, the transition wasn’t difficult.”
As Perry continues her pursue her passion, she has found plenty of encouragement in the professional ranks.
Mark Hall, a professional shooter from Lexington, is one of the pros who continues to encourage Perry in her career.
“Everyone that I’ve meet has been very encouraging,” Perry said. “Everybody wants you to do well and wants to help you or correct you in some way.”
Perry said the sport and the Professional Sporting Clays Association is growing and now has a presence on television.
“It’s kinda like the PGA with professionals going to different sites every week,” Perry said. “Having the sport on television is very encouraging.”
The PSCA coverage begins July 27 on NBCSN.