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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 $6 for 25 targets. You can also purchase 12 gauge ammo at $9 a box or bring your own.

Chairman: Ron Edward
Phone: 604-792-3440

Trap Club Update June 2023

After a long hiatus from the flooding, Trap Club is back up running. The new machine is working flawlessly and temporary power is being run through an extension cord. Weekly practice nights are still on Thursdays at 6pm and the Third Sunday of every month. This year is our year to host the Interclub event [...]

By |2023-06-02T09:35:38-07:00June 2nd, 2023|Trap Club|0 Comments

Trap Club Report October 2022

New trap arrived, but damaged in transit. Nathan Gole has contacted shipper, replacement part ordered. Nathan has contacted Lowry to order targets, Caldwell not in business any longer. Nathan Gole, Greg Wesselius and Ron Edward held workbee to get trap into house. Their membership will be credited for the year. Nathan is getting electricians to [...]

By |2022-10-14T10:50:04-07:00October 14th, 2022|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Club Report October 2022

Trap Report November 2021

Had 8 shooters out with light rain. Dean Wolberg shot his first 25 straight. Next shoot Nov. 21 / Dec 19 Due to COVID no Turkey Shoot in December.

By |2021-11-05T17:07:32-07:00November 5th, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report November 2021

Trap Report October 2021

On Sept 2 we had 11 shooters then 5, 6, 12 and 2 who left due to time and 4, the lower attendance was due to weather. On Sept 19 we had 3 people out. Sept 30 is the last Thursday night practice until 2022. Due to COVID restrictions there is no plan to [...]

By |2021-10-08T09:15:29-07:00October 8th, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report October 2021

Trap Report September 2021

We had the following turnouts for night practice Aug 5 - 7, 7, 8, 7. Good considering rain. The Sunday shoot was only 4 people.  The hydraulic lifts on the trap were replaced. Much discussion on seals down - it might leak, seals up - will dry out and not hold pressure. Original installation [...]

By |2021-09-03T08:38:05-07:00September 1st, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report September 2021

Abbotsford Trap Club – Interclub Shoot

Sunday August 1st, the Abbotsford Trap Club competed in the annual Interclub event. This year saw 4 clubs enter team Results: Ridgedale Rod and Gun Club: Team Score of 120 Mission and District Rod and Gun Club: Team Score of 115 Agassiz-Harrison Rod and Gun Club: Team Score of 105 Abbotsford Fish and Game [...]

By |2021-08-03T07:43:26-07:00August 3rd, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Abbotsford Trap Club – Interclub Shoot

Trap Report July 2021

June: 10th-8 shooters 17th-6 shooters 20th-4 shooters 24th-8 shooters Starting to see some new shooters coming out. Daryl Jantzen, on behalf of the Trap Club

By |2021-07-09T09:15:25-07:00July 9th, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report July 2021

Trap Report May 2021

We Started shoots on April 22 and had 4 people.April 29: 6 ShootersMay 6: 3 ShootersMay 13: 8 ShootersMay 20: 8 ShootersMay 27: 2 ShootersTwo new shooters came out. Due to COVID restrictions we are only having club members attend the shoots at this time.Thanks,Daryl Jantzen

By |2021-05-31T12:18:45-07:00May 31st, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report May 2021

Trap Report April 2021

Trap was scheduled to commence Thursday and the third Sunday shoots on the 1st of April but has been put on hold for three weeks due to the new restrictions. Members remain optimistic and excited to attend trap events and will be back on track starting April 29th.

By |2021-04-01T09:13:25-07:00April 1st, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report April 2021

Central Okanagan Shotgun Sports Club needs your help

The Central Okanagan Sport Shooting Club was recently broken into and many items stolen - again (unfortunately this happened several years ago also). Please read the attached for a list of items which may be circulating. If you hear of anything suspicious please call the Kelowna RCMP and quote the provided case number. If [...]

By |2021-03-29T09:26:51-07:00March 29th, 2021|Trap Club|Comments Off on Central Okanagan Shotgun Sports Club needs your help
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