Richard Burkett – 2017

Richard BurkettAlthough he has retired from the sport, Richard’s trapshooting career spans more than 35 years with numerous accomplishments.

Richard started trapshooting in 1978 at Maybee Sportsmans Club where he remains a member today. He began shooting ATA targets in 1985 and was drawn to the sport when he no longer could walk in the fields to hunt.

Richard shot on a team with MTA HOF members Earl Munson, Norris Chadwell, and Carl Chadwell for years. During that time he won many awards at the Great Lakes Grand and Michigan State Shoots in Class Singles and Singles Championships, Preliminary Handicap and Handicap Championships, and Doubles Class and Doubles Championship events. The highlights of his career were winning the Pennsylvania State Shoot Open Singles in 1996 and the Michigan Singles Championship in 2009. He won that event with the lone 200×200 and won his first All-Around Championship with 394×400. When interviewed about the win, Richard said he thought there would be more 200s that day and he didn’t believe Earl Munson when Earl told him he had won outright. In addition to his other accomplishments, Richard placed on the Michigan All-State Team six consecutive years from 2002 through 2007, four of those on the first team.

Richard enjoyed traveling to places and meeting so many great people. His favorite places to camp were the MTA home grounds and Nye’s Trap Range. He loved Del’s shoots as they were always fun. His friends may never let him forget one of his biggest trapshooting bloopers. One day when he was called to the line, he opened his gun case and had a rifle with a scope instead of his shotgun.

Richard retired after 30 years with Ford Motor Company. He now spends time with his wife of 51 years, Karen, and his two daughters and three grandchildren. Richard has his favorite project working in his garage restoring his 1940 Ford. And he remains involved with trapshooting as his oldest grandson Gunner’s shooting coach.