Duke started in fast draw in the early 70’s. He was living in Norwalk, Ohio at the time, and naturally found the Banshee Fast Draw Club. Later he moved to Greenville, Ohio and became a member of the Dayton Blackhawk Fast Draw club. Where he met Harry Ballengee, Ron Paul Duning. Together they started the Annie Oakley Days contest. Many years have come and gone. Clubs disband, and now he is a member of the Shawnee Bandits Fast Draw Club.
Duke, along with his clubs has hosted many OFDA as well as WFDA contests. He is always willing to help others in the sport he loves. And with over 50 years of experience, he sure has seen it all.
In the early 70’s, fast draw had fallen into a slump. There were no contests being held and clubs had disbanded. But the Banshees continued to come together to practice every Saturday night. In 1972 the Banshees planned a contest and 29 shooters came together to compete at LeMar Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Duke, along with wife Carol, have always promotes fast draw. Both have held offices many times.