Mike Ferry crowned Rod and Gun Club black powder champ

Black powder award winners (from left) Dick Carlson, Michael Ferry, and Matt Cromwell. — Photo courtesy of Bob Delisle

Amid tough competition Sunday, the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club in Edgartown crowned Mike Ferry of West Tisbury black powder champ for the third year in a row in the modern weapons category. Richard Carlson of Oak Bluffs won the primitive firearms title.

Mike and Dick were among 15 shooters who competed under fine weather conditions at the Club’s annual Black Powder Shoot on the eve of the state’s black powder deer season that began Monday.

In the individual prize categories, Ladi Navratil took first in the standing deer event, Michael Ferry won the bull’s-eye competition, Dick Carlson was first in the shoot-reload-shoot time event and Matt Cromwell won the drawing.

The Bill Nicholson Award, presented each year since 2007 to the outstanding shoot participant, was presented to Matt Cromwell in memory of Civil War and Primitive Firearm Enthusiast Bill Nicholson.