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PHS Sportsman’s Club has successful trap shoot

Participating in the PHS Sportsman Club's trap shoot were (front row, left), Austen Farrell, Carter Fiegenschuh, Brent Farrell, Joe Clark and Kaiden Wahlgren; and (back row) Rod Johnson, Kamden Wahlgren and Ace Christiansen.
Participating in the PHS Sportsman Club's trap shoot were (front row, left), Austen Farrell, Carter Fiegenschuh, Brent Farrell, Joe Clark and Kaiden Wahlgren; and (back row) Rod Johnson, Kamden Wahlgren and Ace Christiansen.

The Princeton High School Sportsman’s Club traveled to Kewanee to participate in a trap shoot last weekend. We were met there by Rod Johnson, our host for the day. We met with Rod, who gave the instructions for the shoot and safety regulations.

There are five stations from which we shoot. The first shooter will put a shell in the chamber and get in a stance ready to shoot. He will then say “Pull” and the bird will take off. Number 1 will try to break the bird. Number 2 gets ready for his attempt. Then 3, 4 and 5. Then it goes back to Number 1 for his attempt. After each shooter has five shots, the scorekeeper says, “Rotate.”

Each shooter will move to the station to his right and Number 5 moves over to Number 1’s vacated spot. Then five more attempts by each boy. They shoot and rotate until each has finished 25 shots. Then the number of hits is recorded for the final score.

For newcomers to shooting trap, I think 10 is a pretty good score. Fifteen is quite good. By the end of the day, most of our guys shot between 10 and 15. Our best was 16.

Rod positioned himself behind each shooter to give them pointers. They each shot four rounds and after they shot a round, they were more comfortable. When we finished, Rod suggested we try an “Annie Oakley Round.”

This was new to me, so I just watched. It consisted of three shooters shooting at one bird. If the first guy missed, the second guy immediately shot, if he missed, the third guy shot. If he hit, the other guys had to sit out. The guys had a lot of fun with this round. We plan to go back there if we can arrange it.

I really want to thank Rod for the time he spent with us. During the whole day, he was very helpful. The boys appreciated his assistance. Rod is what I call a world class shooter. During his years of shooting, he has busted several 100’s. To shoot a 100, you have to be an outstanding marksman. We all appreciated his help. Again, we thank Rod very much.

I received a book in the mail the other day titled “America’s Best Day Hikes.” It was written by Derek Dellinger, and it creates a bucket list of the 50 best day hikes in major regions throughout America.

After quite of bit of research and consulting with countless opinions, the author compiled a list of the very best day hikes based on their beauty, accessibility and representation of the area’s local wonders.

He also gives important advice on how to prepare for your hike. He includes: What to bring on your hike, bear safety and etiquette. The chapters are divided into Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Mountains, Southeast and Northeast. To utilize this book, one would have to travel, but it seems worth it.

If you are interested in this book, it can be ordered through The Countryman Press.

• The Kid’s Fishing Day in Spring Valley has been canceled due to high water. It will be rescheduled in spring 2020.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at pdub61@gmail.com.

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