Findlay’s Merle Decker Jr. will be inducted into the Ohio State Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame during the organization’s 128th annual tournament in June.
Decker achieved his American Trapshooting Association Grand Slam in August of 1963 when he broke 200 straight targets in the singles event, 100 straight in the handicap (27-yard) division and 100 straight in doubles.
Decker began shooting registered targets in 1968 at the Winchester Gun Club (now Jaqua’s). He competed on three 500-x-500 teams, including the Ohio State Shoot in 1992 and the Grand American Championships in 1993.
Decker’s lifetime target totals include 92,400 singles, 81,250 handicap and 42,900 doubles.
Decker is believed to be Hancock County’s fourth inductee into the Ohio State Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Bud and Bill Fisher (2009) and Willis Anderson (2011).
The 128th annual Ohio State Trapshooting tournament will be held June 16-22 in Marengo, just south of Mount Gilead in Morrow County. The hall of fame inductions will be held on Thursday, June 19.
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