Sporting Clays

Northstar Shooting Sports Club has one very challenging sporting clays range. The course (as most call it), has a very pleasant 1/2 mile walk that is wooded and partially open field. A variety of different targets are presented to each shooter, leading to different degrees of difficulty. If you're looking for a tune-up before the hunting season, this is it.
As with trap and skeet, a membership or participation in a league, is not necessary to test your skills.

Summer Leagues

The summer leagues will be forming in May and will begin June 1st. It's never too late in May to sign up your team or just come out by yourself and join one of the teams looking for a teammate. This is just a summer fun event for anyone wanting to keep a record of their increasing shooting skills. The league will run for 10 weeks.
We have leagues forming for trap, skeet, and sporting clays. What is particularly nice about this league is that it fits into everyone schedule. You do not necessarily need to shoot as a team. Many of us have unusual work schedules that would otherwise prevent us from shooting on a particular night. When you come out to shoot (anytime the club is open), be sure to tell the score keeper whether the score is for league or practice, PRIOR to shooting.
Thursday nights tend to be trap shooting night for many of the members. Along with their evening of shooting, many plan their supper at the club. Thursday nights are also known as "Pot-Luck Night", so if you wish to attend, bring along a favorite recipe of yours.

Shooting Rates for Sporting Clays

The following rates are for one round (50 targets)
Member.......................................................................$21.00
Member w/prepaid 10 round shooting card......$18.00
Non-member*..............................................................$30.00
*(non-member may not purchase or use prepaid cards)
Expert and novice shooters are always welcome. We have qualified instructors to help those who are new to the game.
Brief History of Sporting Clays in the USA
While Sporting Clays has its roots in Trap and Skeet, it is a completely different game with its own set of rules. The game is played over a course which may feature varying terrain with several different target presentations from different locations with varying flight paths. While Sporting Clays was originally designed to simulate live game scenarios, it has evolved into a sport all its own. The game is played on a course, made up of stations. Each station features a shooting stand for the participant to shoot from. Upon the shooter's call, targets are released. Targets can be thrown as single targets, simultaneous pairs, or report pairs where the second target is launched upon the report of the shot at the first target. Unlike Trap and Skeet, there are a variety of specialty targets in Sporting Clays. in addition to the 108mm Standard targets. These include 90mm MIDI targets, 60mm MINI targets, rabbits that roll and bounce on edge, battues that arc, and rockets which are heavy and maintain speed. In addition the presentation of the targets vary, which is to say they may be thrown crossing from one side to the other, quartering away, quartering in, inbound, outbound, overhead, underfoot, or straight up in the air. It is the variety of targets, target presentations, course layouts and terrain that many find so enjoyable about Sporting Clays.


Announcements
 

Northstar Is Closed To All Activity Until Further Notice

In compliance with Governor Walz's executive order to close non-essential businesses and meeting places, Northstar Shooting Sports Club is closed to all use or activity, by members or non-members, until further notice. In regard to the Covid-19 community propagation threat, we are following the situation closely and will post updates as it changes.

We are all anxious to get back to being able to enjoy the shooting sports, but we must be able to do so safely. We encourage those who would like to become annual members, or to renew their membership, to send in their annual dues ($60) and fee for a front gate key ($15), if you want a key. Your membership card (and key) will be mailed to you, upon receipt. Send to: Northstar Shooting Sports Club, P.O. Box 21, Walker, MN 56484

Our intent is to re-open Northstar as soon as it is safely possible. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

  1. The Board Meeting scheduled for April is cancelled. Future meetings may be held on-line, details to be provided later.
  2. The Annual Northstar Fundraising Banquet has been postponed until further notice.
  3. The WHAN Trapshooting Team practices and use of the range or clubhouse have been postponed until further notice.
  4. Concealed Carry Classes, Firearm Safety Range Day Activities, and any other scheduled range use have been postponed until further notice.
  5. If you need further information, you can email info@nssclub.org or call Mark Bovee, Club Vice President, at (218) 390-7230.

2020 Membership

2020 Annual Memberships ($60.00) will be available at Walker Hardware and Leech Lake Lumber as of Jan 1, 2020. New Front Gate Keys for members will also be available for purchase ($15.00). However, the front gate lock will not accept these keys until the club reopens as soon as the Covid-19 guidelines and weather allow. We will post that date as soon as we know when that will be.

If you have questions or want more information, call the club at 218-888-6701.

The Next Board and General Club Meeting

The Board Meeting scheduled for April 20th is cancelled. Future Board and General Club Meetings may be held on-line, details to be provided later as dates and times become available.

Help Wanted

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2020 Events

Memberships and Keys for Club Members are available at Ace Hardware and Leech Lake Lumber Co. in Walker.

Scholarship Applications are due soon.

Look under the Club Info tab to find the qualifications, rules, and application forms.

April 20, 2020
The Board Meeting scheduled for April 20th is cancelled. Future Board and General Club Meetings may be held on-line, details to be provided later as dates and times become available.
April 25, 2020
Annual Fund Raising Banquet - Postponed Until Further Notice
 
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