New York shooter finds success at World Skeet Championship

Corning, N.Y. — For Victoria Ferchaw, 12 was the magic number.

That’s how old she was when she shot her first deer.

It was also when she picked up a shotgun and started shooting skeet.

She’s picked up a lot of guns and broken untold thousands of clay birds in the years since, and now she can add world skeet shooting champion to her list of accomplishments.

Ferchaw, who lives in Corning (Steuben County), captured first place in two events at the recent World Skeet Championship in San Antonio, Texas.

Ferchaw was immersed in the shooting sports from an early age, thanks to her father, Mike Ferchaw, a competitive shooting star in his own right.

“I got into all of the aspects of hunting and shooting with my dad. On weekends we went to different gun clubs in New York state and out of state,” said Ferchaw, now 26. “I really liked it. I shot my first deer in Pa. I knew I was hooked on that lifestyle.

“My dad and I compete just about every weekend in the summer, not to mention practicing at our home club, the Addison Fish and Game Club,” she said. “My dad competed as well in both the Mini World and the Main World Championships and he won multiple class events. He also has won New York state championships, and has been on the All-American team four times. A few years ago, he won the 12 gauge East World Championship, along with other titles.”

Victoria has also won New York State Lady championships, and was the on the podium for the U.S. Open skeet championships twice, and winning four “Zone 1” events.

Ferchaw competes against both men and women and won the 12 gauge Lady World Championship and her class championship in the 12 gauge event at the World Skeet Championships, which is sponsored by the National Skeet Shooting Association and was held Sept. 29 through Oct. 7.

When she isn’t busy shooting thousands of rounds through her Krieghoff K-80 over and under in competitions, or stalking deer, turkey or small game in the woods and fields, Ferchaw keeps busy with a variety of professional pursuits.

Her father is a dentist by trade and she’s an assistant in his dental office. She also helps him with his other business, Keystone Calls, which makes a variety of turkey calls.

Ferchaw is also host of the “Swing N Miss” segment on the Rush Outdoors TV shows.

Ferchaw hopes to be able to return to the world championships, but said taking part in the 2017 event was a memory she will always cherish, especially since she was able to share it with her father.

“If we’re not working, we’re in the woods or fishing. He’s my best friend,” she said. “Just to be there (at the world championships), I was thrilled. But to win and have Dad watching me was an amazing experience.”

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