Thursday Night Trapshooting

The club usually holds 8 registered trapshoots per year. Dates are picked in October for the coming year. We have one permanent date, which is for our Red Rose Shoot; this occurs the third weekend in April.

Through out the year, practice trapshooting is done every Thursday night, weather permitting (closed on Thanksgiving). This is open to the general public. All participants must provide their own gun and shells and pay $4.00 per round if a club member and $5.00 per round if non-member for 25 clay birds. There are also occasional turkey shoots.

TRAP SHOOTING ETIQUETTE

1. Make your entry far enough in advance so that the office can properly process it. Clubs want shoots to start on time, but they can't if shooters don't sign up enough in advance so that squadding and record keeping can be done.

2. Be ready when your squad is called and also when it is your turn to shoot in the squad.

3. Do not lean over each time to pick a shell out of a box on the ground or to pick up empties. Have your shells where you don't have to stoop to get them.

4. Do not raise your gun until the shooter ahead of you fires.

5. Remain at your post until the fifth man has fired, then move to the next position. At the end of the round, stand facing the traps until the last man has fired the last shot. If you are leadoff, do not fire until all squad members are in position after each change.

6. Never load your gun before changing positions. When going from position five to position one, turn to the right to avoid bumping guns with the man coming from post four.

7. Load only one shell at a time, except in doubles. Close the gun only when it is your turn to shoot. If a delay occurs, remove the shell.

8. Do not allow ejected shells from your gun to hit or annoy other shooters.

9. Do no unnecessary talking when you are on the firing line. When you are not on the firing line, keep your voice down when you are around other squads which are shooting.

10. Time your shooting to establish rhythm in the squad. Call in a loud clear voice so that there is no confusion about when the puller should respond.

11. Be a sportsman at all times. Be sure your competitors get what is due them, but do not be a target claimer.

12. Observe safety rules. Do not point your gun at another, even if it is unloaded. On the firing line, always keep your gun pointed toward the ground or the traphouse.

13. Shooters are always willing to have you look at their guns, if you ask permission first. Do not pick up another's gun from the gun rack and handle it without asking.