Mitch Petrie

Mitch Petrie is the owner of Muddy Boot Productions, an independent producer of outdoor television, currently producing "Wardens" on the Outdoor Channel. Mitch writes about his passion for hunting, fishing, wildlife and the business of the outdoors.

Plymouth Gun Club leads by example

Posted by: Mitch Petrie Updated: October 17, 2011 - 2:44 PM

If kids are the future of shooting sports, the Plymouth Gun Club is doing its part to preserve our future. A marathon soccer tournament prevented our family from participating the MN Pheasant opener this weekend but we were able to get out to the gun club Saturday afternoon.

Having completed his gun safety this summer, my son Theo was ready for his first trap session at the Plymouth Gun Club. With his best bud Johnny Schissel we made our way to the range.

 

Theo Petrie (12) & Johnny Schissel (12)

Theo Petrie (12) & Johnny Schissel (12)

 

The Plymouth Gun Club has a trap and a skeet range. We decided to shoot two rounds of trap each. Youth fees at the club are $3.50 per round. Ammo is $6.00 box. You can bring your own but it must be pre-approved by the club (trap loads - 7 1/2, 8, and 9 shot only)(SKEET - 9 shot only)(MAXIMUM SHELL LOADS - 3 Dram Equiv. (1200 FPS).

Theo and Johnny were grouped with 2 adults and held their own. Theo took some time to get used to the voice-activated thrower and shot 10 out of 25..... Johnnie was pretty comfortable from the first bird and put down 15 out of 25.

 

Theo Shoots while Johnny Looks On!

Theo Shoots while Johnny Looks On!

 

 

Johnny Schissel (12) Shooting his Way to 19 out of 25

Johnny Schissel (12) Shooting his Way to 19 out of 25

 

The second round was a much improved 15 for Theo and a 19 for Johnny. The highlight of round two was both of them beating the adult that was shooting with them!

If you've never been to the Plymouth Gun Club I suggest you check it out. It's a member-based club but open to the public. Memberships are about as easy to come by as Packer season tickets but the general public we welcome. Club members are very helpful with shooters and non-shooters. The range is amazingly close to a group of townhomes but restricts shooting hours and loads in an effort to be a good neighbor.

The club has also be a strong advocate of youth shooting sports in Minnesota and its members were instrumental in starting the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL).

For more information visit http://www.plymouthgunclub.org/

 

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