Trap Shoot

Trap Shooting - Walker MN

Northstar Shooting Sports Club has two regulation trap shooting ranges. We are open to the public for anyone who’d care to shoot at our ranges.

For those who like to shoot regularly, during the spring months teams are formed to compete against others in the area for 10 weeks during the summer months. During 2019, the League will shoot on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, beginning June 5th. A team must have at least 5 members, but it's a good idea to have a 6th member as an alternate.

Let us know if you need another shooter on your team, or if you are a shooter that needs to be assigned to a team. You can register your team when you come to the club for a practice round, or give us a call.

If you have questions, or want more information call: Bill O’Neill at 218-547-2611, or the club at 218-888-6701.


Summer Leagues - Walker MN Gun Club

The summer leagues will be forming in May and will begin the first week in June. 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.

Trap Shooting Rates - Walker MN Gun Club
The following rates are for one round (25 targets)
Member.......................................................................$7.00
Member w/prepaid 10 round shooting card......$6.00
Non-member*..............................................................$10.00
*(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 Trap Shooting in the USA
The first formal trap shoot took place in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1831, using live birds. With the advent of glass ball targets, and eventually clay disc targets, the sport began to take on the popular form of the game known today as Trap. American Trap uses a single target launcher, or trap, which is located below ground in a trap house. This trap oscillates left to right and back, launching a single clay target, or bird. American trap has a field with 5 shooting positions. Singles Trap features shots taken from each of the shooting positions 16 yards behind the trap house. The shooters position themselves on one of the 5 shooting positions, or stations. Each shooter shoots five shots from his current station, then the squad rotates to the next station. Each shooters shoots five shots from five stations. Handicap Trap is the same game with shooters moving back to varying distances from the trap house. The maximum distance is 27 yards. Doubles Trap is shot from 16 yards, with the distinction being in the way the targets are presented. In Doubles Trap, the targets are thrown two at a time, and the trap does not oscillate. So each of the pairs of targets are uniform in trajectory.


Announcements
 

Northstar will open Saturday, May 16th. Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays will be open. Hours will be Noon - 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays 3 - 8 PM on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The Club will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We expect all who come out to practice social distancing.

Members with gate keys have access to the rifle and pistol ranges during the days and hours that the club is not open. Please close and lock the gate behind you after you enter and again as you leave.

2020 Membership

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. If you'd like to join or get your membership card in person, you can do so at Walker Hardware and at Leech Lake Lumber. Paid up 2020 members can also purchase their 2020 gate keys at those same locations.

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

The Next Board Meeting

The next board meeting will be a Zoom meeting, at 6:30 PM on Monday, May 18th. It is open to Board Members Only. Feel free to contact any Board Member with your questions or concerns.

If you need further information, you can email info@nssclub.org or call Mark Bovee, Club Vice President, at (218) 390-7230.

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2020 Events

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

May 18, 2020
Virtual Board Meeting on Zoom, 6:30 PM
June 10, 2020
Summer Trap League Begins
 
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