Dennis Howe enjoyed rabbit hunting until he started shooting with friends at local trap clubs. He shot his first registered trap targets at the Michigan State Shoot in 1965 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a MBA degree.
Denny says he loves to excel, doesn’t like to lose, and has demonstrated this throughout his shooting career. He has won multiple awards at the Grand American, Great Lakes Grand, Michigan State Shoots, and other state shoots. Early in his career Denny was Doubles Champion at the Michigan State Shoot (1981). In 1997 he was Doubles Championship Runnerup at the Grand. Recently Denny tied for Champion at the Great Lakes Grand in the Class Singles and Singles Championship with perfect scores and Doubles Championship Runnerup at another Great Lakes Grand.
Denny has been an all-around accomplished shooter with impressive averages in all disciplines: 13 years with singles averages over 98% with multiple perfect scores in singles; 29 years with doubles averages over 90%; eight years with handicap averages over 90%; seven years with all averages over 90%. With these averages it is no surprise that Denny has been on Michigan All-State teams 15 times, twice as Captain.
Denny has given his time and management talents to contribute to his local trap club, Jackson County Sportsman’s Club. He is currently serving his 4th year as President of the JCSC. Denny has contributed to other sports, as well. He was on the board of the Jackson Area Hockey Association for over 10 years, five years as President of the association. Denny served on the Hanover Horton school board for 13 years including multiple years as Board President. He was instrumental in getting his school accreditation.
Denny loves sports and competition. He has a realistic attitude toward competition. He says, “Every athlete in any sport has their ups and downs.” This attitude was valuable to his youth players when he coached and managed Little League baseball. In trapshooting, no particular win stands out from the others. It’s the competition and the people that keep him shooting.