2005 is correct and if my memory is right, the ATA said they were going to limited the number of squads due to what they thought was going to be a record number of shooters. I remember this because alot of my friends didn't go because they feared not getting a squad. They may have also increased the the number of targets required, anyone remember?
Yes they did increase the number of targets needed to shoot the Grand, and basically said don't come....and people stayed away in droves.Half way through the week they were asking shooters to call their friends and tell them to come as now they don't need to meet target requirements...
They sure did. And that was with a reduced size trapline, to boot. It pained the ATA officials involved at the time to hear people say it, but they screwed the pooch. They set increased target requirements to pare the field, and people just stayed away.
It may have seemed advisable at the time. They may have even thought it would spur participation at smaller shoots, to get in targets for the Big Dance. But in actuality, the events were ending at earlier times in the afternoon than ever.
Doesn't matter now, though. Turns out that participation level was "the new normal."
I shot the Grand for 25 years or more and don't remember any target requirements except to avoid penalty.The last year I shot at Vandalia was 2000. Did the ATA have a target requirment to participate in the Grand after 2000?