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High school trap shooting teams reawakening Minnesota's aging gun clubs
StarTribune.com ^ | 5/26/14 | Jenna Ross

Posted on 05/26/2014 7:49:30 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

The shooting range was quiet Saturday morning as Jason Kelvie unlocked the gate, raised the faded red flag and began unloading his truck.

Then the teenagers pulled up.

The Lakeville South High School teammates bounded onto the Suburban Sportsman Club’s field, its grass still soaked with dew, scarfing doughnuts, joking with coaches and filling their vests with ammunition.

“Are you ready?” Kelvie, the head coach, asked Stone Swanson, a junior.

“I was born ready,” Swanson replied with a raised eyebrow.

Trap shooting teams like this one, part of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, are reawakening aging gun clubs across the state. To make room for Minnesota’s fastest-growing high school sport, clubs are expanding hours, building fields and installing new target throwers.

Still, with 6,100 students competing, many clubs are maxed out. Waiting lists are growing.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: banglist; highschool; trap
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1 posted on 05/26/2014 7:49:30 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Excellent. Godspeed to them all and good shooting.


2 posted on 05/26/2014 7:53:03 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Why do all the skeets have images of a particular pres__ent on them?


3 posted on 05/26/2014 7:58:42 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: headstamp 2

A friend from high school called me because her son was interested in doing this and would I be interested in teaching him the finer points.

You bet I did!


4 posted on 05/26/2014 7:58:57 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Ahem...


5 posted on 05/26/2014 7:59:31 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

My Grandson took 1st place in the Nationals in his age bracket 3 years ago. Great way for them to learn to handle a gun and good clean sport, lots of girls enter it also.


6 posted on 05/26/2014 8:08:58 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: easternsky

Congrats to your Grandson!

I’ve met a lot of quality people shooting clay targets.


7 posted on 05/26/2014 8:14:42 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

My grandson started Trap & Skeet in 4H a few years ago and it has grown so much.

They qualified 2 teams for state plus my grandson and another kid shot as individuals. My grandson won.


8 posted on 05/26/2014 8:19:04 PM PDT by tiki
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Thank you, they really enjoy it, very popular in California, which is quite a shocker for those who think were all crazy out here.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 8:19:18 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This, like golf, is one of the few sports I’ve wanted to try. Haven’t tried either of them so far!


10 posted on 05/26/2014 8:24:58 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
i imagine this activity, is really freaking-out the Marxists in WI.

11 posted on 05/26/2014 8:25:37 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Glad to read about this. I went to a middle school science fair recently, and one of the projects was on the affect target color had on shooters’ accuracy in sporting clays.


12 posted on 05/26/2014 8:25:42 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: tiki

Lucky you. Our 4H is liberal as hell...and I’m talkin’ in in the deep South.


13 posted on 05/26/2014 8:26:08 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

KIDS HAVING ACCESS TO GUNS! AAAACK!


14 posted on 05/26/2014 8:27:25 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

This sport looks impossibly difficult to me. Is it as hard as it looks?


15 posted on 05/26/2014 8:29:37 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: jocon307

Haven’t tried either of them so far!”

All either of them requires is lots of money and lots of time.


16 posted on 05/26/2014 8:46:49 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: jocon307

http://www.njsta.com/


17 posted on 05/26/2014 8:48:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Grams A

“All either of them requires is lots of money and lots of time.”

Right, that explains it, I aint’ got none of those!


18 posted on 05/26/2014 8:49:46 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

OMG!!! Guns at school!! At least they didn’t point their pistol finger at someone. They would have been suspended.


19 posted on 05/26/2014 8:51:24 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: GSWarrior

No it is not. You will meet great people as well. Just go visit a club and asked to be shown around. Minimal investment to get going.
Visit trapshooters.com and read a little.
Have fun, and get your wife involved


20 posted on 05/26/2014 9:04:31 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Nebraska had 2,394 student participants in the May, 2014 state meet. A new record and never an injury or incident. All must take the hunter safety course as a prerequisite.

See www.cornhusker-trap.com for more details.


21 posted on 05/26/2014 9:06:24 PM PDT by Skybird
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
KIDS HAVING ACCESS TO GUNS! AAAACK!

My teenage son, who is a trapshooter when he's not with his Army unit, just bought his first pistol and today spent his Memorial Day refinishing the 1942 Mosin-Nagant he bought with his last training paycheck. Yeah, he's got access to guns :)

22 posted on 05/26/2014 9:07:10 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: GSWarrior

I think so. I’ve just watched but my husband and son who have been shooting all their lives started Trap & Skeet with my grandson and he smokes them. I think you really have to have the talent, my BIL has shot them all his life and buys 20K shotguns and my grandson smokes him too.

He went to a shoot in AZ and he beat most of the Master shooters even though he was still a D level shooter because he hasn’t competed in enough sanctioned competitions.

The reaction and awe he gets from the old guys has made me know how hard it is.


23 posted on 05/26/2014 9:09:06 PM PDT by tiki
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To: reefdiver; GSWarrior

My wife is a natural with a shotgun. My son couldn’t hit anything. Paid $60 for a lesson with a guy at the trap range. He pointed out about three things my son was doing wrong and my son (18) fixed them. He was hitting 15-18 out of 25 the four rounds we did after that! Really amazing with just a few pointers from an expert. I can shoot okay at trap (20+), but don’t know how to teach it.

They rent shotguns for not too much I think (we use our own). A decent used semi-auto 12 gauge is around $400. A round of 25 was $4 or so for the range fees, and about $3.50 for a box of shells. So not cheap for the two of us for four rounds. But not too bad, and lots of fun! Good people too.

There may still be places were you can go and shoot on your own with your own hand-thrower or the store-bought trap machines. Nothing like that around my neck of the woods though. As a kid we had a few gravel pits and vacant fields we would frequent. When I was a newlywed my wife and I would go to the state wildlife area (New Jersey!!) that had an open field used for home-made trap shooting at no charge.


24 posted on 05/26/2014 9:18:17 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Hmm....written by the Star & Sickle. Good for them but I hope they learn pistol and rifle roo. They are gonna need it more later.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 11:53:03 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

That is too bad because it really gets the boys to participate and even some of the girls.


26 posted on 05/27/2014 11:11:10 AM PDT by tiki
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks!


27 posted on 05/27/2014 4:33:42 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I was on my high school’s rifle team. Not -all- that long ago, back in the 70s. I think the team was still going strong at least into the 80s. Not sure what happened. We had a set of bull-barrel model 70s (small bore), owned by the school, and some of the kids had their own. We kept the school-owned guns in a locker in the science teacher’s lab. Every day we’d carry them out to our cars and go shoot at the local armory. After shooting we’d clean them in the science teacher’s classroom (he was the coach) and put them away.

We shot in competition with some other high schools, but mostly against college teams and the Army team from Fort Lewis. Mostly because that’s who there was to compete with.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 5:00:38 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

Yeah, the good old days...


29 posted on 05/27/2014 5:02:50 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: GSWarrior

Some people are naturals at this little game. The rest of us have to work REALLY hard at it. It’s still fun and it really improved my pheasant and duck hunting skills.


30 posted on 05/27/2014 5:09:29 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic. NOW.)
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