Kevin DeMichiel

PRO STATS

  • DOB: 12/06/1975
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Hometown: Macon, GA
  • Residence: Macon, GA
  • Gun: Krieghoff K-80 ProSporter Parcour Special Grade
  • Ammunition: Bornaghi
  • Glasses: RE Ranger
  • Ear Plugs: ESP
  • Dominant Hand: R
  • Dominant Eye: R
  • Years Shooting: 15
  • Profession: Professional Shooter/Coach
  • Company: kdshooting.com

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2015 US Open RU
  • 2015 US Open FITASC HOA
  • National FITASC Champion
  • 2 Time Georgia State Champion
  • 3 Time Zone 4 Champion
  • 9 Time All American Team Member
  • 2017 USA Sporting Clays & FITASC Team Member
  • 2017 1st Team All American
  • 2014 Seminole Cup HOA
  • 2014 Florida Challenge HOA
  • 2014 Palmetto Cup HOA
  • 2013 Shooting Accomplishments
  • 2013 US Open Pure Gold Cup HOA (100 straight)
  • 2013 National FITASC Championship 3rd
  • 2013 Georgia State Championship FITASC HOA
  • 2013 Southeast Regional M1
  • 2012 Florida Challenge HOA
  • 2012 East Coast Championship FITASC HOA
  • 2012 Gamaliel Cup Preliminary HOA & FITASC HOA
  • 2012 McGough Classic HOA
  • 2012 North Carolina Championship HOA
  • 2012 National FITASC Championship HOA
  • 2012 All American Team
  • 2011 McGough Classic HOA
  • 2011 Florida State Championship HOA
  • 2011 US Open 5-Stand HOA
  • 2011 Georgia State Champion
  • 2011 National Wild Turkey Shoot HOA
  • 2011 Zone 4 Championship HOA
  • 2011 National Championship M4
  • 2011 Member of Team USA – Gold Medal
  • 2011 All American Team
  • 2010 US Open RU
  • 2010 Mississippi State Championship HOA
  • 2010 National Championship 3rd
  • 2010 All American Team
  • 2009 Tennessee State Championship Preliminary HOA & Main Event HOA
  • 2009 National Wild Turkey Federation HOA
  • 2009 Zone 4 Championship HOA
  • 2009 Arkansas State Championship RU
  • 2009 Mid-South Ducks Unlimited Main Event HOA
  • 2009 National Championship M2
  • 2009 All-Zone Team Zone 4
  • 2008 North Carolina State Championship Main Event HOA & FITASC HOA
  • 2008 South Carolina State Championship Preliminary HOA & Main Event HOA
  • 2008 Zone 4 Championship Main Event HOA & FITASC HOA
  • 2008 National Wild Turkey Federation 5-Stand HOA
  • 2008 All American Team
  • 2007 Rhino Rally Preliminary HOA & Main Event HOA
  • 2007 Georgia State Championship Main Event HOA
  • 2007 South Carolina State Championship RU
  • 2007 Master 2 All-American Sporting Clay Championship
  • 2007 All-American Sporting Clays Championship M2
  • 2007 Georgia All-State Team

SPONSORS

  • Krieghoff International
  • RE Ranger
  • Pure Gold Chokes
  • Jeff Smith Ford
  • Promatic
  • Able Ammo

Kevin grew up in Macon, Georgia where hunting and fishing have always been a way of life. He was introduced to shooting sports by his father at a very young age. His dad taught him about ethics and gun safety as they chased quail and dove in South Georgia. His love for the outdoors grew as he learned to enjoy it and all it has to offer. His father inspired him to love everything about outdoor sports – the sport itself, the challenge involved, and the fellowship he felt with fellow hunters. After losing him in April of 2009, Kevin’s goal is to be an advocate for the outdoors and pass the tradition on to younger generations. His father’s love for the outdoors sparked his interest in shooting sporting clays. It doesn’t have seasons and the targets are always there.

In 1997, a friend took him to a local skeet range for the first time. He shot a 23, 24, and 25 straight his first three rounds. His friend thought he might have a knack for the sport, and needless to say, he was hooked. In 1998, he joined the NSCA shooting 400-500 registered targets. In 2003, he started shooting again in Hunter’s Class. He won the Quail Unlimited in Savannah, Georgia, where they awarded him an NSCA membership. He was placed in A Class after his first 300 targets. In 2004, he won the National Wild Turkey Federation shoot in A Class punching into AA. In 2005, he won the National Wild Turkey Federation shoot punching into Master.

In 2006, he had a major reality check, and he learned that if you want to compete at the Master Class level you have to take it seriously, practice often, and learn from your mistakes. Never having taken formal shooting lessons, he resolved to take this sport as trial and error. If you miss, try something different. If you break it, remember what you did. He tries to keep it as simple as possible. When you are not smiling, remember you’re supposed to be having a good time.

Several years ago, he made the switch from a Beretta automatic to a Krieghoff K-80 Pro Sporter. The transition was pretty easy because his Beretta shotguns were set up with high ribs. The K-80 also has a high rib which he thinks helps you see the target clearer. Three weeks before the 2009 Tennessee State Championship is when he got the new gun. He shot about 500 rounds through the gun before the tournament. He shot a 99 in the prelim and a 99 on each day of the main event finishing with a 198. He thinks two chokes makes a world of difference. He shoots Pure Gold chokes, and they are as good as any chokes he has ever shot.

He practices and shoots Wednesday afternoons at his local gun club. They have a 50-target tournament each week called “Skeet and Eat.” It is a great time getting together with friends shooting and eating steak. He also shoots every Saturday and Sunday whether it is at a tournament or practice rounds. He would say “keeping a gun in your hand as much as possible and being familiar with that firearm is one of the keys to success in shooting sporting clays. You have to have the desire and perseverance to want to win at a higher level.”

He is fortunate to have a loving wife who understands his passion for the sport and supports him every step of the way. She doesn’t get to travel with him to every tournament because she is at home with their daughter Kade. When he has won big tournaments, they make signs and post them in the front yard to show him support. “Hopefully, my little girl will also love the outdoors. She just recently took her first fishing trip and caught her first fish. I can tell she is going to love outdoor sports!”