Trap is the most popular shooting sport in North America with some 60,000 shooters that shoot at 83 million clay targets per year, be it recreational or in a registered tournament. There are three segments to trapshooting -16 yard event, handicap event and doubles.

16 Yard Event: The shooter stands 16 yards from the trap house “on the 16 yard line”. The thrown targets will fly from 48 to 50 yards from the shooter, and have angles of 35 to 40 degrees. Targets are thrown at varying angles. Most angles are broken at a range of about 35 yards from the shooter.

Handicap Event: In this event, the shooter stands from 17 to 27 yards depending on the shooter’s previous scores. The better the previous scores the further back you shoot from.

Doubles Event: This event is shot from the 16-yard line but at two targets that are thrown simultaneously. The targets have an angle of 34 to 36 degrees and a distance of 44 yards. The shooter has one shot at each target “25 pair” = 50 targets

Trap shoots may be informal practice or registered events. The average shooter will break 12 – 15 targets on the first try trapshooting and gradually improve through the teens into the twenties. A perfect round is 25 broken targets.


Firearms: The most used shotgun for trap is 12 gauge with full or modified choke, with 28″ to 30″ barrel. The shotgun can be a single barrel, over under, pump, and/or autoloader.

Ammunition: Shotshells may vary slightly with shooter’s preference. The load can be 2 ¾ dram or 3 dram equivalent of powder and 1 1/8, 1 or 7/8 ounce of #7 ½, #8 or #8 ½ shot size.

Targets: Regulation targets cannot be more than 4 5/16 inches in diameter and 1 1/8 inches tall, weighing 3 ½ ounces. They are made of a composition of pitch and clay or limestone, are saucer shaped and left black or painted orange, white or lime green.


Trapshooting gets it’s name from the device that is used to throw the clay target into the air. Trap simulates the flight of a game bird flushed ahead of the shooter. In the beginning live bird were used by releasing them from holes in the ground which was covered. Trapshooting is first mentioned in an English publication titled “Sporting Magazine” in 1793.

The Sportsman club of Cincinnati, Ohio introduced trapshooting in North America in 1831. Live bird where replaced by a variety of targets made of metal, glass and other materials. A catapult was used to launch these targets. In the 1880’s, clay targets much the same as used today were first developed by George Ligowski of Cincinnati and also credited with the development of the trap throwing machine.

In 1924, Vandalia, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, became the permanent home of the Grand (tournament) and home of Amateur Trapshooting Association. The Grand is a ten-day tournament held each August.


Trap Club practice nights costs are $7 for 25 targets. You can also purchase 12 gauge ammo at $13 a box or bring your own.

Chairman: Ron Edward
Phone: 604-792-3440

June 2024 Trap Club Report

Thursday Night Trap Practice is starting to see some new faces and hopefully a good time is being had by all. Beginners are always welcome along with guests, we do not charge a drop-in fee when shooting during Trap events. Safety Glasses and Hearing protection are still required when the range is active. Our [...]

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May 2024 Trap Report

Thursday Night Trap Practice is in full swing now and should run into Late September or Early October, weather depending. Beginners are always welcome along with guests, we do not charge a drop-in fee when shooting during Trap events. Thursday, April 4: 3 Shooters Thursday, April 11: 3 Shooters Thursday, April 18: Canceled Due [...]

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April 2024 Trap Report

With the nicer weather and longer days our Thursday Night practice sessions started up on March 28. We saw three shooters make it out to the opening Thursday night and 9 shooters came out to our March 17 shoot. February saw the start of the 200-bird trophy. Your best score each Sunday counts towards [...]

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March 2024 Trap Report

Our last shoot on Feb 18 saw 8 shooters come out. With the longer days we will be starting up our Thursday Night Practice shoots on March 28. Thursday nights start at 6pm and shoot until everyone is done. Thanks to Ron, Nathan and Daryl for coming out last Sunday and building some shelves [...]

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February 2024 Trap Report

The shoot on January 21 was canceled due to the snow cover and forecasted weather. Hopefully February brings better weather and the shoot on February 18 will go as planned. It will be one month delayed but we will be starting the 200 Bird Trophy again. For anyone unaware of the 200 Bird Trophy, your [...]

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January 2024 Trap Report

Our last shoot of the year on Dec 17 saw 6 shooters show up, several new faces was nice to see. The weather was great and fun was had by everyone. Our next shoot is on January 21 at 10am. New shooters are always welcome and all skill levels. Abbotsford Trap Club

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December Trap Report

Our last shoot on November 19 saw 3 shooters. The weather wasn’t the greatest with rain off and on and light wind gusts. Anyone interested in Trap shooting is always welcome and we are more than happy to assist new shooters. We begin our Sunday shoots at 10am and go until everyone has had enough. [...]

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November 2023 Trap Report

Although the weather held up for us this month, the early darkness has brought an end to our Thursday Night Trap practices. We will continue shooting on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 10am. Anyone interested in giving Trap shooting a try is more than welcome to come out and give it a [...]

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Trap Report October 2023

The same shooters are sticking out the early darkness and Thursday night practice will continue at least another week. Ron has had his hip surgery and all went well and he is home recovering. We look forward to his return to the club in the new year. Abbotsford Trap Club

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September 2023 Trap Report

Thursday night practice sessions have been steady with the usual shooters attending and some new faces. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to sign up in advance. We start shooting at 6pm, the number of shooters and the weather dictate how long we shoot for. On August 20th we hosted [...]

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August 2023 Trap Report

July has been a steady month for trap shooting. Some windy evenings have made for interesting and unpredictable flight paths. Next month we will be hosting the interclub shoot on Aug 20. July 6: 5 Shooters July 13: 5 Shooters July 16: 5 Shooters July 20: 5 Shooters July 27: 6 Shooters New shooters are [...]

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July 2023 Trap Club Report

We are now in full swing and seeing some familiar faces on Thursday nights. New shooters are always welcome and everyone is more than happy to walk you through if you haven’t shot a round of trap before. Thanks to Reliable Gun for resupplying us with Target Loads and a huge thanks to Hermes [...]

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