Ned Casey smokes competition to win black-powder shoot

Ned Casey of Edgartown takes a shot on his way to victory in the modern category at the Rod and Gun club's black powder shoot Sunday, scoring 19 out of 20. — Photo by Michael Cummo

Ned Casey of Edgartown took top honors in the Martha’s Vineyard’s Rod & Gun Club black-powder shoot Sunday, held under cloudy conditions on the eve of the muzzleloader deer-hunting season that began Monday and ends one half-hour after sunset on Dec. 31.

Mr. Casey won in the modern firearm division using a scoped rifle. Michael

Ferry of West Tisbury, who won the primitive firearms title, took second place. Steve Carlson of Oak Bluffs was third.

The club presented the Bill Nicholson Award to Phil Hughes of Oak Bluffs. The plaque is given to the outstanding participant in the annual championship in memory of Civil War and primitive firearm enthusiast Bill Nicholson of Oak Bluffs.