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I first met Tommy Root when I was a new shooter in 1994. He was a very colorful man. When I asked him for advice one shooting he had two responses. He said go buy a boxcar full of shells. Go shoot them, then you will be a shooter. The he stated his mantra. “Every man should have a good shotgun, a good dog, and a good wife. In that order.” Then he smiled at me.

I went outside to watch this world class shooter in action shooting the 410 tube set. WOW. One eye, head off the gun, rubber boots and an old blue jump suit. With his gruff call to the target “Hupp.” He did nothing orthodox except break targets. Mr. Tommy with our fond memories and warm thoughts we will miss you.



Thomas Jefferson Root, Jr. died Sunday, February 3, 2013. He was 88 years old, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a resident of Old Jefferson Community Care Center in Baton Rouge. He was a retired Superintendent of Construction for Jacobs Engineering, and had also served as manager of Hunter’s Run Gun Club for several years post-retirement. He was a World War II Navy Veteran.

“Tommy”, as he was commonly known, had a very sociable and outgoing personality that was well known amongst his friends and family. Of his many abilities, one he was especially proud of was in skeet shooting, an activity in which he was a top competitor and champion for many years.

Survived by his three daughters, Janice Bordelon, Diane Viney and husband Steve, and Cindy Gonzales and husband Stephen; eight grandchildren, Tammy Pusch, Amy Pusch, Brandon Root and wife Vicky, Brook Bordelon, Stephanie Blanchard and husband Brian, Jillian Gonzales, Brittany Bordelon, and Matthew Pusch; and sever great and
great-great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his wife Zola Lewis Root; Parents Thomas Jefferson Root, Sr. and Dora Hughes Root; brother Donald Eugene Root Son-in-law Gerald Bordelon, and great-granddaughter Kyra Root.

Member of the Louisiana Skeet Association’s Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Skeet Shooting Association’s Robert Nesbit Award for Veteran High Overall 1998 (.9757).


We encourage you to check out this exciting event!

In a traditional sporting clay event, shooters are challenged by pairs of targets that should closely resemble/imitate the path of a flushing quail, passing goose, or decoying duck. The origin of the game was to give hunters the ability to practice their shooting skills in the “off season”. Unlike Trap or Skeet, where the target has a defined path, the sporting clay target can be presented a number of different ways to test the shooter’s ability. The format of a sporting clay event is simple. Usually an event will have 100 targets that are spread over 14 to 15 individual station. At each station, the shooter is presented with a pair of targets, and depending on the course, he has the opportunity to shoot three or four pair. He is allowed a “show” pair which helps the shooter with his plan of attack, and targets can be thrown simultaneously as a “true pair” or individually as a “report pair”. At each station, he will shoot the same pair until he has shot all of the allowed pairs, and then he will move to the next station to attempt the next set of targets.

Traditionally the main event is shot with a 12 gauge shotgun, but shooting clubs also offer smaller gauge events as well as several other types of events to test the shooter’s focus and concentration. One such event is known as a Super Sport, and for the past two years it is gaining popularity among the sporting clay crowd. The Sporting Clay event is shot on the traditional sporting clay course, but there is a little “twist” to the format. Instead of shooting the same pair of targets at each station, the shooter will typically attempt three single bird presentations and two pairs of targets. In this format, prior to shooting, the shooter is only allowed to view the single bird presentations, and then it is up to him to determine the best way to shoot the pairs based on his memory of the flight of each individual target. Typically each station will have three separate targets, but often the event will have four, and the shooter better pay attention to the possible combinations of true and report pairs that can be thrown with three and four machines. It is a fast pace shooting experience, and Super Sport really requires the shooter to focus and concentrate on the location of the targets.

If you are a hunter or just like to shoot, I would encourage to everyone to experience an event. The targets are fun, and there is always someone willing to introduce you to the game and show you the “ropes". - Eddie Baker