Mike Milne

After a wee chat with Norrie the other day, I've put together a short appreciation of the shooting career of the late Michael (Mike) J Milne.

Because of Mike's huge breadth of achievements and individual triumphs across the spectrum of clay target disciplines I'm sure to miss something out in error, which I apologise for in advance.

I first came up against Mike in shooting at Kildrummy gun club in October 1986. It was a small re entry 30 target sporting shoot, I spent far too much on re entry trying to catch him. I still have the runner up trophy in the house somewhere. I should have known better.

Mike first shot in the DTL team in 1985 at the Kippen international. All in Mike had @ 22 DTL international caps.

DTL was his main discipline but not his only one.

Mike won the Scottish DTL championship in 1999, 2001, 2008. The Tom Sim trophy in 1993, 2014. Plus Scottish single barrel in 1994, 2012.

He became the British DTL champion in 1998 at Bywell. The weekend also included winning Scottish high gun over the two days and overall high gun over the two days. International match and British open combined.

He also won the first Krieghoff DTL shoot in Wales in 1999.

In 2000 Tommy Allen, Gerard Mccoy, John Stafford, Robert Ward and Mike won the Dewar shield for the five man team competition at the English open DTL weekend. In 2001 they successfully defended the trophy.

Mike has also won the Subaru/Browning trophy at the English DTL weekend and at one time the much coveted Dougall memorial competition.

I notice that Mike won European DTL super vets at one point and in 2019 wiped out the super vets awards at the DTL international including the super vets captain's trophy.

Mike shot 100/300s well into his mid to late sixties. Including one at GSG in 2016. I strongly suspect that he shot more 100/300s at Loch Ness/GSG (or Inverness as he called it) than anyone. Last time I was speaking with him at GSG I asked him how many 100/300s he had shot in his career. No bloody idea, was the reply. It was a lot though.

Mike represented Scotland at Skeet, ABT, OT and Sporting as well as his beloved DTL. I believe he was R/U high gun at the skeet international in Ireland.

He represented Scotland at the CSF euro division and Shot OT in Europe. He shot ATA in the USA and competed in the 100th Grand American.

Mike also did a stint on the SCTA board.

Not only could a reasoned argument be made supporting the view that Mike Milne was Scotland's greatest ever DTL shooter, a case could be made that he was also our greatest multi discipline shooter.

Mike was a man who could divide opinion and held strong views, but was one hell of a tough and ruthless competitor.

Across the clay target disciplines I'm not sure we will see his equal again.

WJL

Chair GSG.