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Elsberry takes the shot

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

Shown in the top photo is the 2013 Elsberry Trapshooting team.

Shown above is the 2013 Elsberry Trapshooting team.

The Elsberry FFA has had another successful year trapshooting, which is a common sport to many of the local schools in and around Lincoln County.

Trapshooting was started in 1750 in England originally shooting at live birds. Then during the 1860’s glass balls were used to shoot at with the first trapshooting competition coming to the United States in 1831. It was then in 1880 the clay pigeon was invented in Cincinnati, OH and still is being used to this day.

Trapshooting is a sport of concentration and mind control along with the skills of firearm safety. A normal competition in high school will consist of five shooters standing 16-yards from the trap house, shooting at a 4.5 inch clay disc traveling at 42 miles per hour. While each competition can be different, most high school shooters will shoot at 50 clay targets in a competition and then 100 at district and state level shoots. Many of the shooters on the Elsberry FFA Shooting teams have shot perfect 25’s, 50’s and some have shot perfect 75’s and 100’s. The Elsberry High School record was a perfect 121 by Michael Hartley in 2010.

While many may think trapshooting is a male sport, the ladies are highly involved with it as well. Elsberry has a ladies team, along with a few other high schools and colleges. They too have had several ladies shoot perfect 25’s and 50’s. The Elsberry ladies have brought home several awards this year and from the past years.

The Elsberry FFA Chapter has had a successful trapshooting program again this year with their A team winning the Fall State Competition, Second Place at Districts, First Place at Area and a majority of the competitions that they shot at this year.

The Elsberry Trapshooting Program will have approximately 35 members shoot each year, which includes the eighth graders and all high school members. Many of the members will be shooting 300 rounds a week for about six-weeks in the fall during their normal season. The sport can become expensive, however, through their local Elsberry FFA Alumni they have been able to raise money through their gun raffle to help pay for competitions.