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Earl Wayne “Bill Scripture (Born 1941 –Present)

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Born in Florida, moved to South Carolina where he learned to Hunt and shoot at a young age. In the 1950’s the family moved to Virginia Beach where Bill hunted waterfowl on Back Bay.

During high school at Princess Anne H.S., he was an outstanding baseball player. Upon graduation he attended Wake Forest University where he was an All-American player. After college he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles and played for their triple A minor league team and later traded to the Mets. He also played for the Norfolk Tides.

In the off-season Scripture took a job as a hunting guide at Bay Haven Farms in Back Bay, owned by Harold Grimstead. Bill was the most requested guide and hunted along with his black lab Mickey. He stated and wrote on the bottom of decoys that Mickey was the greatest gun dog I ever saw.

During baseball season while traveling Bill would carve decoys for the upcoming season.In the 1980’s Bill went back to the name Earl. He won four Virginia State Championships and was elected to the Trapshooting Hall of Fame. His motto was “Shoot to win –There is no second place ever!”In 2007 Scripture retired with his wife in Columbia, North Carolina where he enjoys his time carving decoys.


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