Kenneth Sims – 2019


Ken was born and raised on a farm in Arkansas. In his youth, he hunted with his dad, a tradition Ken passes on to his grandchildren. He skipped a shoot-off to take his grandson on a promised turkey hunt. Ken moved to Michigan in 1969 to be near family and opened a vending, catering, and food service business.

Ken shot at the Watervliet Rod and Gun Club. While shooting there, he met Merritt Kirk, the registered shooter who introduced him to ATA competitions. Ken has been regularly competing since 1983. He has won over 40 trophies at the Michigan State shoots, has won numerous trophies at the Grand American, Great Lakes Grand, Southern Grand, and Central Zone shoots. Besides Michigan, Ken has taken home prizes from state shoots in Florida, Indiana, and Ohio. At the 1995 Ohio State Shoot, he broke 100 straight from the 27 yard line and was non-resident Handicap Champion. He’s proud of this accomplishment as he recalls, “At that time, the traps were set in the 3-hole.” He broke his first 200 straight in singles at the 1997 Great Lakes Grand. As the 2016 Michigan State High-All-Around Champion, Ken continues to challenge the field. Ken made the 2017 and 2018 ATA All American Veteran Teams. Since 1996, he has been on the Michigan All State Team 17 times including 8 times on the men’s first team and the past 3 years on the Vet Team.

Ken served on the MTA BOD from 1999 through 2002, as VP in 2000–2001 and as President in 2001-2002. He also volunteered for many years on the target setting committee. Ken’s most memorable event was shooting the Fall Team event with friends Max Masten, George Snellenberger, Tom Ruble, and Gary Person. They broke 498/500 targets to win the team event. Ken has flown all over the country to meet up with friends to shoot. He loves trapshooting for the friendships he has made over the years.