Gary was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Yakima. He started bird hunting when he was 16. Gary hunted just out of the city limits, not too far from the airport, and within walking distance from home. He went hunting before school and again after school. He was introduced to trapshooting in 1971 by Wayne Klingle and began shooting registered targets in 1972. To date, Gary has shot at 160,000 PITA targets.
Gary has many accomplishments over the years:
• The only Washington resident to have won Championships in all five categories at the Washington State Shoot: Singles in 1990, Doubles in 1993 & 1995, Handicap in 1998, HAA in 1990, and HOA in 1988, 89, 90 & 97.
• He was the Singles Champion runner-up in 1991