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National Junior Team Member T.J. Bayer


AFFILIATIONS: I grew up shoot- ing 4H in Texas and a lot of people who I grew up shooting with shot at the same 4H club that I did like Brandy Drozd, Granger DeWitt, Colton DeWitt, Phillip Jungman and Galen Gregory, we all shot at the same club growing up.


T.J. (Thomas) Bayer took second place in Men’s Skeet at this year’s Spring Selection event at Fort Benning, Ga. (Below) Bayer at 2013 NJOSC for Shotgun. How I got into shooting…I al-


HOBBIES: I like hunting prarie dogs and I used to like climbing rocks [he says, looking down at his injured ankle]. Back home we do a lot of fi shing, I really like fi shing but at school I’m a Biology major at A&M and with shooting, I really don’t have a lot free time. School takes up a lot of time! When I do have time off I like fi shing and going to the movies – normal stuff.


ways loved hunting, fi shing and things like that and there was a chance to shoot at a competi- tion level when I was 10 years old and it sounded like a lot of fun. There’s been a lot of great people that I’ve met through it and learned a lot of life lessons and got to shoot at the same time.


Pre-match routine…Honestly, I don’t really have one because it just gives you something else to worry about. If your routine doesn’t go right, and you don’t do everything just right, then you’ll think about how some- thing will go wrong. You know how football players will have their thing they do before a big game, but if something goes wrong I’ll shoot terrible - I don’t want to think about that! My idol in the sport…Has to be


58 USA Shooting News | July 2013


Vinny (Vincent) Hancock. He’s usually at every shoot and no matter what he usually beats everyone he shoots against. Even at Spring Selection when I shot against him, I thought I was doing pretty well but you know, I got lucky and I fi nished in sec- ond place but it was a DISTANT second place – it wasn’t even close to Vinny. It’s like no matter


how well I shoot, he’s THAT much farther ahead and not just on me, but on EVERYBODY. I don’t want to model anybody but I like how he’s such a humble winner no matter what he does and he’s done something that nobody has before. He’s just one of the most humble people you’d ever meet – he’s how I see a true Olympic gold medalist


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