A non-profit organizaton for the promotion of skeet shooting both in Mississippi and Nationally.

Doctor Barrett Gutter defeats Clark Hartness in a shoot-off of 197x200s to become the

2018 HOA Champion of the March Madness Open iShoot

Results are available HERE

Caile Bradham, MS
Matt Tyrone, MS
Jeff Sullivan, MS
William McKeon, MS
Clark Hartness, MS


Complete 2018 Krieghoff All-American Teams listings are in PDF format HERE


Matt Tyrone, MS
Jeff Sullivan, MS
Karoyl McCain, MS


Complete 2018 NSSA Class All-American Teams listings are in PDF format HERE


You are invited to attend The 2018 Gulf Coast Open to be held 23-25 March 2018 at Coast Rifle and Pistol in Biloxi Mississippi.

A PDF program is available here: http://www.msskeet.org/2018/2018_153611.pdf

Please Pre-Register online at: www.msskeet.org/registration to help Coast Rifle and Pistol plan for turnout.

You are invited to attend The 2018 Bois d' arc Open (Race for the Golden BoDoc) to be held 6-8 April 2018 at Starkville Gun Club in Starkville Mississippi.

A PDF program is available here: http://www.msskeet.org/2018/2018_153149.pdf

Please Pre-Register online at: www.msskeet.org/registration to help Starkville Gun Club plan for turnout.

You are invited to attend The 2018 Catfish Open (Race for the Golden BoDoc) to be held 20-22 April 2018 at Capitol Gun Club in Jackson Mississippi.

A PDF program is available here: http://www.msskeet.org/2018/2018_153150.pdf

Please Pre-Register online at: www.msskeet.org/registration to help Capitol Gun Club plan for turnout.

Robert (L) and Bert (R) Lindley
1989 Pine Hills Gun Club, Monroe, LA

Long time skeet shooter and father, Bert Lindley, lost his battle with cancer yesterday. He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and resided from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He was 79 and a life member of the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA). Over his 30 plus years of skeet shooting, Bert was a resident member of the Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina State Skeet Shooting Associations. He compiled 133,250 registered targets over this time. His shooting career would be cut short at an early age due to health concerns.

Early in life, Bert was bread to be a musician. He played the trumpet but anyone who knew him well would tell you that he could play any musical instrument. He spent four years in the US Navy as a member of the Navy band. After his service, Bert went on to college at Northeast Louisiana University and graduated with a degree in music education. He eventually ended up back in Corpus Christi, Texas where he met his first wife (Jane Lindley) while stationed on the U.S.S. Lexington Naval Aircraft Carrier. Bert was introduced to skeet at the Las Palmas Gun Club not far from where he lived at the time. Following his divorce, Bert relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he met and married his second wife Kay Lindley in 1976. (They celebrated 42 years of marriage on Dad's 79th birthday.) He became a member and shot his first registered skeet targets at NAS Oceana Skeet & Trap Club.

Dad had many hobbies but his passion was skeet shooting. He and Kay ended up back in Monroe, LA after his mother's death that same year. This is where he introduced me to skeet forty years ago during the Christmas holiday. I never could understand his passion for skeet. My best guess is that skeet fulfilled his need to achieve perfection just as a musician tries to achieve perfection in each song. Shooting skeet and being a musician parallel each other in a way. It is all about the endless pursuit of perfection from start to finish. Every note, one at a time. There is a particular sound in skeet as in music. It's all about timing. If you're doing it right, it starts something like this. Pull-bang. Pull-bang. Pull-bang bang. Only a true skeet shooter would understand.

My fondest memories came from attending skeet shoots with Dad. There was no such thing as a bad shoot regardless of the scores or the outcome at the card table. It was all about the friendships we had made, camaraderie, competition, food, drink, shooting games and card playing. We always had a blast playing our version of Convoy (with our squad mates) on the way up and back. The drive home usually consisted of a brief review of our weekend (the targets we missed or the hands we miss played) and quickly turned to where we were shooting next weekend. That's just the way it was.

The picture below was taken in 1989. We were at the Pine Hills Gun Club in Monroe, Louisiana. You might notice my cap. This was my first 100 straight ever and it was customary to have your cap shot on your first 100. Dad shot a 100 straight that day too. It wasn't his first. I'm not sure who was happier.

It would be remiss of me if I didn't mention my sister Christine Lindley. She and Key were by Dad's side during his 12 days in hospice and until his last breath. Christine mentioned that near the end, Dad said “I’m going to San Antonio for the shoot-offs and who knows how long that will take.” Dad had a unique sense of humor all the way to the end. This one time, I'm certain he wasn't joking. My guess is that he was lining up with M.E. Kidd, Jim Dozier, Barbee Ponder, Uncle Paul, Floyd Donnelly, Walker Gene, Tricky Dick, Wayno and all the others who left before him. Dad was especially fond of Wayne Mayes. When he spoke of Wayne, he always had a smile on his face, his eyes would light up, and his voice went up several decibels. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought he was talking about Mickey Mantle.

Everyone who knew Bert would tell you he was one of a kind. He would tell his corny jokes and funny life stories. Not everyone knew how great a father he was. Over a 30 plus year span, he called me and Christine every day just to see how we were doing or what our plans were for the weekend. He treated my wife (Anne) as his own daughter and called her everyday too. We will miss his corny jokes and the daily phone calls. There was only room for one Bert on this earth. He will be missed.

See you in the shootoffs,

Robert Lindley

Added by the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Association:

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Partridge Creek Young Guns 4-H Club 119 Amen Corner, Summerville NC 29483 or Rainbow Animal Rescue of NC P.O. Box 972, Roanoke Rapids NC 27870.

A memorial service is to be planned for a later date.

Both Bert and Robert are past Mississippi Gun Champions visit the "Past Champions" link to review their Mississippi accomplishments.