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Kansans shine at Grand American Trapshoot

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Sep. 1, 2012, at 4:52 p.m.

Several Kansans, including a Wichitan Greg Hissem, scored well at the Grand American Trapshoot in Sparta, Ill..

Hissem was part of the five-shooter Kansas team that won the state team event two weeks ago with a score of 995 out of 1,000 clay targets.

Also on the team was Don Budd, of Kansas City, Harlan Campbell, or Tribune, Rich McAllaster, of Medicine Lodge and Rob Taylor, of Manhattan.

Lynn Gipson, Amateur Trapshooting Association executive director, said this is the 113th year for the event that draws shooters from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

He also noted that Campbell was inducted into the Trapshooting Hall of Fame at this year’s Grand American, while also winning two of the sport’s most prestigious titles.

Campbell out-shot 2,055 competitors to win the Grand American Singles Championship. He also out-shot 1,733 competitors to win the Grand American Doubles Championship.

Kansas champion angler ready for bowhunting — So, what do you do after you win the most-coveted title in professional bass fishing?

Go to Disneyland?

Not Brent Chapman. He’s ready to do some bowhunting.

Last weekend the angler from Lake Quivira became the first Kansan to win the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title, something that’s harder than winning the annual Bassmaster Classic.

“Winning the Classic isn’t easy, but it’s a three-day event,” Chapman said. “Angler of the Year is like a 30-some day event because you have to be the best for the entire season.”

Chapman has another tournament or two this year, and then wants to spend some time on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, the sight of the 2013 Classic in February.

He’s also planning on putting in some serious treestand time on land he owns and manages for trophy whitetails south of Kansas City.

“It’s been a tremendous year already, but I wouldn’t mind topping it off with a Boone & Crockett buck, for sure,” Chapman said.

Sumner county deer cleared of disease — Wildlife officials say a Sumner County deer they earlier believed had chronic wasting disease was actually free of the disease.

Mike Miller, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism information chief, said they had the deer re-tested at a federal facility in Iowa, where it tested negative.

The initial positive came from a lab in Colorado. Most of the 2,000-plus deer annually tested normally go through a lab at Kansas State University. They ran out of testing materials last winter.

CWD is fatal to deer, elk and moose, but has never been found to harm humans or livestock.

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