Richard C. (Puddy) Hamilton, 79

Richard C. (Puddy) Hamilton, 79, Fleetwood, passed away on Sunday February 11, 2018 with his loving family by his side. Born in Reading, Richard was the fourth son of the late Dr. Harry and Kathryn (Keim) Hamilton. Sharing his time between the town house in Fleetwood, the family farm, and their mountain cabin, Puddy spent his youth playing childhood games and sports with his brothers and friends such as Teddy Eastland, Cap Kline, and Walter Richard Christ. He married Judy (Becker) and together they raised three children, Bradley, husband of Deanne (Fleetwood), KayLynn, wife of Emerson Bornman (Oley), and Matthew, Fleetwood. A 1956 graduate of Fleetwood High School and a 1960 graduate of East Stroudsburg Teachers College, Puddy spent his entire career teaching in the Fleetwood School District

Puddy lived a full life that included passions for Fleetwood Tiger baseball, trapshooting and antiques. He was the head coach of the Tigers baseball team and proudly coached them to numerous Berks County Championships. He also established the Tiger Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament while serving as athletic director. He looked forward to attending the annual ballplayers reunion picnics.

As a nationally renowned expert on trapshooting history, Puddy was instrumental in establishing the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association (PSSA) Trapshooting Hall of Fame. He also created and maintained the PSSA website from its inception in 1999 until his retirement as webmaster in June, 2017. Puddy developed an historical slide show that was presented annually at the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) Hall of Fame ceremonies. A 1992 PSSA Hall of Fame enshrinee, he and Judy traveled the east coast in their motorhome to trapshooting tournaments and especially enjoyed Florida where they could also catch Phillies Spring Training and Disney World. An accomplished trapshooter, Puddy was a life member of the ATA and a 5 year All American Chair Shooter (2012, 2014-2017). His final shooting event was at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Shoot where he won the Resident Chair Shooter in the Class Singles. He thoroughly enjoyed writing historical articles for TrapShootingUSA, with his last article published in the March/April 2018 edition.

In recent years, Puddy’s passion turned to his antique stand at Renninger’s Antique Market in Kutztown. He could be found there every Saturday enjoying the company of fellow vendors and customers. His sporting collectibles are known nation-wide and have been featured in numerous magazines.

A lifelong hunter, Puddy spent countless hours hunting on the family farm, Hillside Farm in Rockland Township. He also has a hunting cabin, Shiham, that doubled as a vacation spot in Hyner, Clinton County. He also enjoyed Phillies baseball, Eagles football, Flyers hockey, everything Penn State, and vacationing in Maine.

In addition to his wife and children, Puddy is survived grandchildren Jon Hamilton and Jamie Evans, four great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his beloved Labrador Retriever, Annie. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Please join the family for a graveside service on Friday February 16th at 11:00 AM in Fleetwood Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday February 25th at 2:00 PM in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 26 West Washington Street, Fleetwood.

2018 PSSA Shoot Program Advertisement Opportunity

Hello Friends of the PSSA,

We are preparing the 2018 PSSA Shoot program and would like to offer your business the opportunity to advertise in this year’s shoot program, which reaches thousands of shooters.

We are excited to announce a few changes to your advertisement options this year.  Beginning in 2018, when you purchase a program ad you will not only be featured in the 2018 program but your company will be listed on our new webpage:

We are also thrilled to offer event sponsorship.  Beginning with the Pennsylvania Eastern Zone up through and including the Westy-Hogans, each event will be open for sponsorship.  The sponsorships will be on a first come first serve basis so don’t delay.  If you would like more information or to find out what events are still available, please contact Jeff Graupp @

But wait, that’s not all.  For the first time ever, the program will be published in color.  Yes – COLOR!

To ensure your program ad is crisp and clean, we will be requiring all new ads from our sponsors.  The only other requirement for ads is they are high resolution.  We apologize but ads submitted in the past will not be able to be used going forward.

Below you will find a program advertisement/event sponsorship form, which outlines our current pricing.  To guarantee your advertisement is included in this year’s program, we kindly ask that you submit the following information no later than February 4, 2018.

  • Completed and signed program advertisement/event sponsorship form
  • High Resolution Ad
  • Check payable to PSSA

The above information should be sent to:

Jeff Graupp
PO Box 54
Sadsburyville, PA  19369


On behalf of the PSSA, we thank you for your time and look forward to partnering with you.



Directions for completing program advertisement/event sponsorship form


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Once downloaded, enable editing to fill out the form.  Once completed, please save and send the completed form via email to:

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PSSA Financial Report from Treasurer Bert Schoonover

PSSA Pat Trap Financial Facts

The close of the fiscal year, December 31st, is on the horizon for the PSSA, An immediate priority for the PSSA Executive Committees to pay down or pay off the cost of that initiative as soon as practically possible. The financial facts associated with the purchase of 53 Pat Traps for the Elysburg home grounds is as follows:

  • Pat Trap Cost – $454,316.00
  • Sale of the Super Stars – $188,000.00
  • Donations – $161,480.00
  • Current Pat Trap Loan Balance – $104,836.00

The Loan supporting the unfunded balance of the Pat Trap purchase is through the Northwest Savings Bank. It is a Line of Credit at a Variable Interest Rate. Interest payments are approximately $6,100.00 per year at the present time.

The PSSA is fortunate to possess many loyal patrons in addition to to supporting Clubs and other organizations. Perhaps there are some among this network who could be interested in an IRS Tax Deduction for 2017 through a donation toward the retirement of the Pat Trap debt. It is not to late to take this important step. The new Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association now possesses a 501 3C tax designation. Gifts to the PSSA are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. When a donation is made to the PSSA the Executive Director, Skip Klinger, will immediately author a letter to the donor for their tax records identifying the amount gifted. It is important to note no gift is too small to be appreciated by the PSSA. Another donor option that would be considered is a pledge in some amount specified by the donor.

The PSSA understands not all of our friends are able to make a donation at this time and take advantage of the tax implications. But, hopefully, there are some who could consider such an option. If more information is required contact Executive Director Klinger.

Skip Klinger

PSSA Treasurer,
Bert Schoonover

Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association

2016 saw the successful transition from the old PSSA (Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association) to the new PSSA (Pennsylvania State Shotgunning Association). You may ask what is that all about? I am going to hopefully shed some light on that subject in the next few paragraphs.

Our new corporation is a 501c3 tax exempt entity. That means that we no longer have to pay Federal and State income tax and any donation that is given to the PSSA is now tax deductible to the donor, within the limits of the IRS regulations. With that exemption comes additional scrutiny and the need to be very good at keeping records. We need to be diligent that all transactions are above board and transparent in nature.

This change also allows us to become the Northeast Shooting Complex. We can build a Sporting Clays complex along with Skeet Fields. This will open all kinds of additional opportunities and allow us to possibly operate all year long. We will be able to bring in Corporate Trap, Sporting Clay and Charity events.

This will require a lot of hard work and fundraising by me and our members along with the generosity of our shooters and corporate sponsors. The manner in which a gift can be made include, but are not limited to, a gift of money, stock, real estate, guns, bequest or any type of property owned by someone. The person or the estate receives the tax deduction. There is also Planned Giving. This is the planning of one’s estate and in that plan the person leaves part or all of their estate to the PSSA upon their death. I worked with this type of planning during the 32 years I was in the Insurance and Investment business. So if you have any questions I would be more than happy to discuss this with anyone who may have an interest or questions.

The other source is donations from foundations that are willing to give money to shooting program or projects. We would like to thank the R. K. Mellon Foundation for their generous gift of $20,000.00 towards the purchase of our PAT Traps. This brings our PAT Trap debt down to $112,000.00. The first order of business is to get this debt paid off. I would be delighted to have help with the fundraising from anyone who has experience in this or would like to help! Please come and see me or anyone on the Executive Committee. Thank you for being a member of the ATA and the PSSA!

Skip Klinger Executive Director

Grand American Results – 2017

With another Grand in the books, 27 PA shooters took home trophies this year.

Leading the way with 19 was Debbie Ohye-Neilson. She had Lady II wins in the Winchester Class Singles, Clever Ammunition Handicap, Kubota Doubles, Federal Doubles Championship, EZ Go HAA, and Prize Possessions HOA. Her jusband and PA ATA Alternate Delegate Don Neilson won 6 Sub-Vet Trophies during both weeks.

New PA resident Chris Vendel secured 10 Sub-Vet trophies including the Winchester Class Singles and Prize Possessions HOA.

PA shooter Criona Doorly had a great 2 weeks and won 6 trophies. This included Lady II RU in the Remington Grand American Handicap.

PA Junior shooter Luke Cowart won 5 Trophies including the Kubota Doubles, RU in Federal Doubles Championship. Also 3rd’s in Winchester Class Singles and Browning Clay Target Championship.

Ian Fleming came close to going 3 for 3 with a win in the Browning Clay Target Championship. He ended up Junior Gold Champion after previously winning the PA State and ATA Eastern Zone Singles Championships.

Other PA shooters with trophy counts are:

4 – Cody Davis

3 – Evan Mood, Peggy Carney

2 – Christian Koerbler, Frank Pascoe, Bethany Breighner, Daniel Rodgers, Ken Darroch, and Doug Worrell

1 – Wayne Kreisel, Steve Huber, Genevieve Davis, Don Schaffer Jr, Ian Darroch, Dave Dubble, Daniel Bossio, Robyn Bird, John Manning, Sam Lubich, Adam Stefkovich and Kay-Lynn Hamilton.


Complete 2017 Grand Results

Eastern Zone Results

Congratulations to all the Winners this past week at the ATA Eastern Zone Championships hosted by the PSSA.

PA State Singles Champion, Ian Fleming, added the Zone Singles Championship to his resume with a lone 200. John Kirksey was Runner-up with a 199 and extras.

Robert Nihtila Jr won the Doubles Championship with 100 in the program and was Runner-up in the HAA.

Past Doubles Champion, and 2017 HAA winner, Peter Tsementzis, was Runner-up with 99 and extras.

The Handicap again needed perfection to win and was secured by Raymond Bagley Jr.

Ian Darroch was Runner-up with 97 and also won the HOA with 978. His Father Ken Darroch was Runner-up with a 971.

Complete 2017 Eastern Zone Results