Minnesota Trapshooting Association

MTA Hall Of Fame


Minnesota Trapshooting Hall of Fame

Jerry Novotny
St. Paul, MN

Elected: 1976
Shooting Member

Jerry Novotny, St. Paul, shot his first targets at the White Bear Gun Club when he was 12.  He broke 17 X 25.  He participated in his first registered shoot in 1952 and wound up the season with a mark of .8914 on 1200 clays.  Jerry won five state championships:  the All-Around in 1959, 1962 and 1963 and the Doubles in 1959 and 1963. He also won the ATA Central Zone All-Around in 1958.  In 1959 he headed Minnesota State high average gunners with .9739 on 3,300 clays, 11th in the Nation in the 3,000 to 4,000 class.

He also won the handicap HA that year with .9010. Jerry Served as vice-president of the Minnesota State Association before moving to Newark, Delaware where he taught at the University of Delaware.  He completed in the Delaware State Shoot and won the Class A, Singles.  He then moved to South Bend, Indiana, where he was
mechanical engineer professor at Notre Dame University.

Not able to shoot as much as he once did, in 1973 shooting out of Indiana he averaged .9850 on 400 singles and .9333 on 300 handicap targets form 26½ yards. Novotny took part in two Grand Americans and was once a member of the White Bear, St. Paul Rod and Gun Club, Omaha Rod and Gun Club and the Sioux Indians.

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