Island musician rocks at skeet shooting

Newcomer is already dominating competitions.

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Mike Kerr wins first place, representing Martha's Vineyard at Rhode Island skeet shooting competition. — Robb Duchemin

West Tisbury resident Mike Kerr has been dominating in competitions for his newfound hobby. Kerr, who is a musician, decided to give skeet shooting a try for the first time only a year ago. He was introduced to the sport at the Rod and Gun Club in Edgartown when he bumped into club committee chairman Richard Carlson, and had told him he would be interested in learning more about skeet shooting, to which Carlson replied, “What are you waiting for? Get a shotgun.”
And that he did. By October, Kerr purchased his first shotgun, and ever since, has been rapidly climbing the class ranking system, with his most recent bump from Class D to Class C occurring Sunday after securing first place while representing Martha’s Vineyard at the East Warren finals in Rhode Island.
Raised by a family studded with law enforcement officials, Kerr spent his younger years around guns, but had very little experience with firearms himself. Blessed with always being a “good shot,” Kerr grew up hunting with slingshots and pellet guns, giving his mother the “kills” to cook up for that night’s dinner.
In the short time Kerr has been participating and competing in skeet shooting, he has earned the responsibility of range officer at the Rod and Gun Club, allowing him full access to the facility and ability to operate the machinery himself.
Kerr said he works with a coach in order to stay focused, and to remain in a positive mindset. He expressed gratitude to the other club members, who he said have been supportive in helping him get accustomed to the new hobby.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Great that Mr Kerr is succeeding in a sport that he loves.
    It’s inspiring for him to get into something and master it in such a short time frame.
    Congratulations Mike.
    But I have a question about the shot being used.
    Is lead shot being used at this club ?
    Simple question. I am not advocating that skeet shooting be banned, I don’t want to take anyone’s gun away, or anything of the sort. Please “A2” defenders do not accuse me of anything.
    We recently spent a significant amount of taxpayer money to haul tons of soil from around the East chop lighthouse to somewhere “off island” because there was lead contamination from old paint.
    Depending on the gauge of the shot, every trigger pull spreads between 1/2 and one ounce of lead across the environment. That may not seem like much, but it certainly adds up.
    I also wonder about hunters in general. Again, I am not saying people should not hunt, or have their guns taken away. I am just concerned about the lead.
    There are alternatives to lead buckshot, and of course they are more expensive and probably not as good.
    So the reason I am writing here is to first ask that people who know more about this than I do to educate me about any applicable laws or the general consensus of hunters and sportspersons about the use of lead in their ordinance.
    I would hope that given the toxicity of lead that this issue is at least thought about in some manner.

  2. Andy– I will try again—urine is safe to drink– it will not harm you unless you are drinking it out of a lead goblet.
    I am sure that you think you know better than all the health officials and think the scientific research into the effects of ingesting lead are just another liberal conspiracy to control us.
    60 years ago when workers were putting lead paint on that lighthouse, I am sure they never gave it a thought. They didn’t know better. We, as a society were ignorant of the toxicity of it.
    Today we do know better. Some ,however, choose to remain willfully ignorant and do not care about anything or anyone other than their selves.
    I wonder if 60 years from now when our grandchildren are trying to clear the lead shot from wide swaths of the island, they will be so kind as to grant us some slack because we were ignorant.

  3. Keller, of course lead is a concern, but a few bullets on an island 25 miles by 7 aint gonna hurt anyone and you know it.

    • Andy I’m not so sure about that.
      First, I think it’s great the steel shot is used on the island.
      But about lead shot not hurting anyone.
      Take a look at the issue of lead paint.
      Do you think anyone was ever harmed ?
      Why did 250 tons of contaminated soil just get removed from east chop ?
      Let me tell you what happens, Andy.
      Very young people crawl around on the ground before they are able to walk. They find things and put them in their mouths. So lets say a 1 year old child is crawling around their yard on a nice spring day, and they find a lead buckshot that missed a deer 20 years ago when the property was woods. Lead has a sweet taste, and the baby will eat it.
      And yes, that’s quite possible– when a house is built, trees are cut, loam is piled up, and spread back on the property as the base for a lawn. There is no reason to think some long gone buckshot could not get to the surface of that lawn.
      Even 3 year old’s will put things in their moths while playing with toy tractors.
      But maybe you think that if a baby eats just a few lead shot, it won’t hurt anything.
      Where’s the level Andy?
      Yup, the risk is low, but it is greater than zero.
      And you know it.
      The risk of someone being harmed by someone peeing in the ocean is zero, and you know that also.

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