Shooters from across WA converged on the Pinjar Rifle Range late last month for the 2023 West Australian Rifle Association King’s Prize Shoot — the first of its kind since 1952. Eleven South West marksmen made their way up Forrest Highway for the prestigious event, held over the King’s birthday long weekend, and dominated across all disciplines. The King’s Prize component of the shoot is comprised of 12 matches, with each shooter firing a series of shots between 400m-900m, with wind playing a massive role in the overall outcome. Leading the way were Manjimup’s Brett Morgan and Busselton-Bunbury ace Brendan May. Shooting in F-open, Morgan swept all before him, claiming first place in three categories of the shoot — the Duke of Edinburgh, King’s Prize and grand aggregate. May, who was competing in his first ever prize shoot, won all three categories in sport/hunter, a discipline of rifle shooting which has galvanised participation figures in WA. Other South West shooters who secured medals were Mark Milentis (Manjimup, target rifle), George Wittorff (Busselton-Bunbury, F-standard), Graham Oates (Busselton-Bunbury, F-standard) and Keiren Bourke (Busselton-Bunbury, sport/hunter). In addition, Morgan, Milentis and Oates also won inter-association champion of champions matches in their chosen discipline.