2017-05-11 / Outdoors

44 young shooters begin trap league


YOUTH TRAP LEAGUE instructors, from left, Bob Steiner, Rick Bechtold and Tim Stein hold the attention of young shotgunners. YOUTH TRAP LEAGUE instructors, from left, Bob Steiner, Rick Bechtold and Tim Stein hold the attention of young shotgunners. Some 44 students from Leelanau County of varying ages — elementary through high school — started on a weekly physics lesson Sunday at the Cedar Rod and Gun Club.

They’ll be trying to line up an explosion with a moving target every week through the club’s Youth Trap League, with shooting for scores starting Sunday and continuing over five weeks.

Club president Tim Stein joined other trap league instructors during an orientation session in stressing safety to participants.

Stein said the turnout of youngsters represents about all club volunteers can handle on one afternoon. He had to turn away some applicants.

Trap instructors all returned for another season as did Stein, who oversees the league.

“They come back for the same reason I do,” Stein said. “It’s tremendously rewarding to see young shooters who aren’t hitting birds on their first day, and then over the course of several weeks they are hitting them on a consistent basis.”

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