A BRIEF HISTORY OF PAJARO GUN CLUB
What began as the vision of some local bird hunters and was situated for a short time on a farm in Bonanza in the early 50's evolved into a landmark near what is now Ben Geren park until moving to our current location in 1990. The first years of Pajaro there saw the construction of four skeet fields that hosted the state shoot into the mid-80's and was where Vince Scarlatta, a Remington rep, ran the first 400X400 in Arkansas. The club also had one trap overlay and a separate trap layout in addition to two live pigeon rings where many dollars changed hands and a few of our long-term members served as bird boys for tips. One of the old pigeon traps has been refurbished and hangs on the south wall of our clubhouse today.
Pajaro has produced several world champions through the years, among them current members Bo Echols who won the family concurrent award with his dad, Billy at the world skeet in 1982 held in Savannah, Ga. and Neil Crow, who brought home a winners patch in a 5-man team event at one of the world shoots also held in Savannah. David Dewitt also garnered a 5-man team title about the same time. Helen Donn took the trophy in the Ladies .410 a couple years later.
Johnny Smith won the Seniors 12 gauge event at the world shoot in San Antonio in 2001, and although gone for more than a decade, he remains in the top twenty on the list of lifetime targets at well over a quarter milllion.
We all owe a breath of thanks for the efforts of a few including Curtis Goldtrap, Dr. Jim Blakemore, Charles Young, Larry Randall, Lester Campbell, Charles Warner, Billy Echols, Dr. Neil Crow and Fred Waelder who got the ball rolling over 60 years ago resulting in the fine facility that we enjoy today.