As the weather warms up, more people are headed outdoors to soak up the sun and enjoy themselves. A couple students at DHS advance to the shooting range to practice trap shooting during the Spring.
Every Wednesday, the “trap club” will meet to work on their aiming skills. They either will meet at the Freeland or Bay Conservation Club. Anyone can join at any time. The club consists of both DHS and MHS students. Since it is a newer club, it advised to be opened up at both high schools so all high schoolers have the same chances to experience the art of trap shooting. The students compete against other clubs from around Michigan and in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
“The shooter will call pull 25 times and the score is literally what you hit out of the 25 clay pigeons,” adviser Brent Chambers said.
The object of trap shooting is trying to shoot the clay pigeons as they are released from a machine when the shooter yells “pull”.
“Shoot the clay pigeons” is the advice given from DHS student, Andrew Kaiser.
Each clay disk, or pigeon, is worth exactly one point.
“Back in the day, it was literally a trap that had a live bird in it and the shooter stood behind the trap which was out in front of him, and when he (the shooter) would yell pull, literally somebody pulled the door open and the bird flew out and shot it,” Chambers said. “Well, obviously it’s not very politically correct to shoot live birds anymore, nor is it politically correct to have a person stand in front of you and pull the cage open when you say pull.”
Thanks to Chambers, there now is a great club that anyone can participate in. This whole idea came from his love of the sport. However, it is not considered a sport by MHSAA. A handful of students partake in this club and enjoy it a lot. Thanks to the love of trap shooting, it can now be shared with high school students around Midland.
By: Anna Blasy