Trap shooting season starts in Parker

Dawn Rye | Writer

Mount the gun to hold point, then look over to the trap house. Call “pull.” Trapshooting, often called skeet shooting, is attempting to hit a small clay object flying away upwards towards 50 miles per hour. 

Twelve students from the surrounding area will participate in trapshooting that requires devotion to their technique and an immense amount of practice. 

According to coach Robbi Buller, the season opened Monday, April 12, giving the kids the activity of shooting sports, which they can use their entire life. 

The team will have their own course and have the opportunity to use ground donated by the county and Game Fish & Parks, providing the throwers and trailer. Buller explained Eric Meyer is the Range Safety Officer, Byron Nogelmeier, Matt Rand and Paul Muller are coaches. 

During the course, coaches will ensure the kids stay engaged and enjoy the activity and have fun. He said safety is a big part. However, the sport has the lowest injury rate in the nation.

Buller noted some common reasons for the sport are to trap, skeet, or sport clay shooting. It’s a fun and relaxing outdoor activity. He said the sport is challenging and competitive, all while being educational to help improve shooting skills. 

“It’s such a diverse sport.  Every venue you shoot at offers a different perspective.  Every course, every station has different challenges,” commented Buller. 

Every person will have their challenges with targets starting out at their fastest speed then slowing down the farther they get from the target. He explained targets can rise at the start of the flight, move right or left, drop or turn all before landing at the target. Students will have to learn to place their shot where the target will be, not where it is when they shoot. 

Moving the gun is crucial, keeping your eye on the clay following through until the target is hit said Buller.

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