NJ State Trapshooting Association
Hall of Fame Inductees 2006
Six-time New Jersey ATA champion Charles F. Hill Jr. was born, May 23, 1910, on a farm in Delair, New Jersey. As was usually the case all the boys helped with the farm chores and every year after the slaughter of the pigs, they invited their family and friends to a wonderful barbeque feast, afterwards doing a little clay target shooting. It was from these affairs and the occasional trapshooting of his father that got him interested in shooting.
Charlie first started shooting at local clubs eventually joining the ATA at the Camden PR & R Gun Club, in Camden County, registering his first targets in 1939. For many years he competed in most of the state shoots on the East Coast as well as the Florida Chain shoots, winning many trophies over his 50+ year shooting span. He captured the 25-bird handicap championship at the Roxborough Club Shoot in 1944 shooting from the 24-yard line.Often he tied for high gun honors with such greats as Walter Beaver and Steve Crothers.
Charlie competed in his first state
shoot in 1940, shooting in Class C and handicapped at
In 1948, Charlie won the New Jersey
State Singles Championship breaking 198 over the
Headlines in The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25, 1949 read, “Hill Gains Gun Honors After Double Shoot-Off,” as it took two shoot-offs before he emerged victorious over Elmer Olt and Harry Bullock to win the N.J. Southern Zone singles championship held in Atlantic City. Charlie was an avid live-bird shooter who competed in many Flyer Championships.
He was the third place winner in
1944, the year Mort Haines Jr. won the championship.
Hill was crowned state singles champ
again in 1950, defeating the field during a raining
Charlie ’s love for
trapshooting was evident not only by all the many friends he made over
Charles Hill was known to help several of his clubs. He owned a trucking business and used his trucks to pick up targets at the railroad siding and delivered them to the Pine Belt SC. He was very active in the affairs of the Pine Belt SC, often using his heavy equipment and work crews to improve the shooting grounds. One of Charlie’s top men, Charlie Downs sometimes stayed in a trailer on the grounds during the construction of Pine Belt. Mr. Hill was always generous with his equipment, he and Catherine often volunteering their services. Catherine (Sissy to her friends) still remembers helping clear saplings and feeling the falling force of one dropped on her head by Charlie. Sissy also ran the practice traps for many years. Charlie was a Trustee of the NJSTA in 1950 and was a Director for several years in the 1970’s. He also served on the State Shoot Handicap Committee in 1971. In 1974 Director Hill was elected Alternate Delegate. On June 7, 1975 he shot his one hundred thousandth (100,000th) singles target.
In 1976 he retired to South
Carolina. However, he
and Sissy still made the annual trek back to New Jersey in their
Airstream trailer before the State Shoot and stayed at the club to help
get the grounds ready. This also gave them the chance to visit with old
Charlie left a lasting impression to
all who knew him and was truly admired by all his
Ed Yanchok, started shooting
“Ten Bird” trap at a local club in his hometown of
From 1975 to 1980, Ed was trap manager for Somerset County Fish and Game Association. He also managed Quail Ridge Gun Club from 1979 thru 1980. Ed’s longest service to shooters, nearly 20 consecutive years, was from 1981 to 2000 when he managed Bucks County Fish and Game Association.
During that impressive run of 25 straight years of managing trapshooting clubs, Ed was also involved with the New Jersey State Trapshooting Association, serving as President in 1984- 1985, elected Alternate Delegate in 1986 and in 1987 shooters elected him ATA State Delegate, a position he held until 2003.
Ed became a member of the Cavalier
Sportsmen’s Association in 1985 and once again,
It is easy to see that Ed has
contributed much of his time to the sport he loves, though we
In competition, he has won numerous
trophies in the Northern and Southern N.J. Zone
Attending the Grand American for thirty-five of his thirty-seven years of registered shooting, Ed has been fortunate to bring home trophies from this highly regarded championship. In 1989, he was the 3rd Place Class B Doubles winner, posting a score of 98. Ed earned the David Long Class B Singles trophy at the 1998 Grand after posting a century in the program and another 100 straight in the carry-over. At last year’s final Grand, Ed posted a 99 in the Parliament Handicap, winning the 15th place trophy after the shoot-offs. He also brought home the Preliminary Class B All Around trophy that year. Ed recently started competing in the Veteran class and is currently a 27-yard shooter with a ‘AA’ average.
Though last year was Ed’s first time qualifying as a Veteran, he has made the NJ State Team several times since his first in the 1980’s. In October 2004, a shoot to honor Ed’s service was held at the Pine Belt Sportsman’s Club where he was presented with commemorative plaques from the club and the New Jersey State Trapshooting Association.
Ed will no doubt be remembered for
attending the 2005 last Grand American tournament
At the close of the 2005 target year, Ed is 27th on the list of most lifetime registered singles with 315,300 and has doubles and handicap target attainments of 106,000 and 101,675 respectively, totaling 522,975.