“Living in Apple Valley, a suburban city, it’s kind of a different sport to be offered,” Voss said. “I hope to see it evolve so people are more comfortable with the sport of trap shooting in the future.”
Teams compete once a week on their home range and rarely see their competition. Squads of five shoot from each of the five paved shooting slots and take turns firing at a clay pigeon, released from the trap house. Each shooter has five attempts before rotating through each of the five stations, for a total of 25 shots per round. Each squad repeats the process, and reports individual scores out of 50 to a website that compiles stats for the season.
Trap shooting’s recent growth recalls lacrosse a decade ago as it rallied for full MSHSL incorporation. But Sable said the presenting partnership is probably as far as the relationship will go.
“I think we’re exactly where we want to be,” Sable said. He said it was important to the CTL to continue to host its own year-end tournament to reward shooters at the novice and junior varsity levels, in addition to the state’s elite. What’s more, the MSHSL does not allow competition on Sundays and with limited gun club availability, the league prefers to keep Sunday shooting an option.
Derek Wetmore is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.