Year Inducted: 2021
Joe Eichert began his shooting career in 1970 and has been shooting registered targets every year since. He is a life member of the Orofino Gun Club and the ATA; he is an annual member of the PITA. Currently his ATA target total is 119,175. Here are a few of his many contributions to the sport:
Camas Prairie Trapshooting Association (CPTA)
Joe has been an active director on the CPTA Board. He has served as an officer and has never missed a CPTA shoot since joining in 1970.
- Board of Directors 1970-2020
- President 1997
- Vice President 1974, 1981, 1987, 2009
Joe has served on committees for the Camas Prairie Handicap for 50 years, including Handicap, Grievance, Trapsetting, Shoot-offs & Trophies Committees.
He has shot from Class D to AA and back down again. He was punched to the 27 yard line four times. His list of trophies is considerable highlighted by Camas All Star Teams in 1986 and 1989. Joe made the state team in 1975. He has taken High Overall and High All Around wins in Idaho, Montana and Washington just to mention a few.
Idaho State Trapshooting Association (ISTA)
Joe served on the ISTA in multiple roles. During his tenure on the board the association thrived, and his presence and participation contributed to its success. His efforts have helped the ISTA become financially sound, and contributed to the quality of the annual Idaho State Shoot.
- Board of Directors 1975-1987 and again in 2017 to 2021
- Vice president 3 years
- Secretary-Treasure 7 years and currently
Orofino Gun Club
The Orofino-Pierce Gun Club was originally located on leased Nez Perce Tribal Grounds. In the early 1990’s the club was notified that the lease would not be renewed. An all-out search was immediately launched to locate a new site to establish a club. Joe found a site on an old homestead owned by Potlatch Corporation. He was instrument in securing the lease and acquiring the necessary easement.
The development on the new club was initiated! During the development and building phases the club remained active in the Camas Prairie competition by having members shoot at the Nezperce Gun Club, and hosting their annual shoot at the Lewiston Gun Club. The first registered shoot at the new club was held in March 1999. Joe’s hard work and commitment were major factors that allowed the club to continue to operate during the development and keep the club intact and in good standing with the ATA and the ISTA.
In 2014 the club was able to purchase 34 acres. Once they owned the property, Joe was instrumental in facilitating applications for grants from the Friends of the NRA. He is an active member of the Friends of the NRA and has served as the Chairman for the Orofino Committee. Through his assistance and leadership Orofino has received three grants, resulting upgrades to traps, and funds to initiate a Junior Trapshooting Program which provides funding for youth shooters. Joe actively assisted with and promoted the development of this the Junior where young shooters could compete during the Camas Prairie 10 week league, and other registered shooting.
Joe’s lifetime contribution to the sport of trapshooting sets a high bar of achievement, and presents an inspiration to everyone associated with the sport.
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