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.

Chairman: Ron Edward
Phone: 604-792-3440

Trap Report September 2018

At the Open House we used 5 cases of targets and 650 rounds of ammunition. 115 people shot 5 shots and several volunteers shot also. The new Beretta functioned well as did the 3 other club guns. Peter Turgeon and Daryl Jansen provided 2 other guns. August 19th, 10 people attended 6 shot individual HDCP [...]

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Trap Report August 2018

July 15th was the 70th Interclub Trap Shoot. Mission: 117 Ridgedale: 116 Abbotsford: 106 Chilliwack: 106 Agassiz: 83 Greg Wesselius, Abbotsford, shot the only 25 straight. Abby Team Greg Wesselius: 25 Ron Edward: 15 Nathan Ghole: 21 Larry Danielson: 18 Ed Parsons: 24 It was very hot, over 30 degrees celcius. Thank you to [...]

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Trap Report July 2018

Had 6 people out to the Club Trophies. Only 2 shot all the categories. Greg Wesselius won all 4 trophies. 50 singles 45, GunsDown 17, Doubles 33, Aggregate 95. Next shoot July 15, inter-club event, other ranges closed. August 19 shoot individual and 24 yd Handicap 75 shots. Night practice June 7 - 7 shooters, [...]

By |2018-07-09T16:46:04-07:00July 9th, 2018|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report July 2018

Trap Report April 2018

Had 10 people out. A couple were trying out guns purchased at the HACS show. Practice nights start Thursday April 5th at 6:00 pm. This will continue until the end of August. Due to difficulty in hearing call for targets, request shooters on other ranges come after 1:00 pm. Next monthly shoot April 15, May [...]

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Trap Report March 2018

We had 6 people out. Due ot high winds, icy footing and cold, we shot 1 round. Next shoot March 18. Night practice start 1st Thursday of April at 6:00 pm.

By |2018-03-02T10:19:27-08:00March 2nd, 2018|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report March 2018

Trap Report January 2018

It rained all day. We ran 15 Novice, 12 B Class and 31 A Class for a total of 58 shoots. Thanks to Larry Danielson, Greg Wesselius, John Vernon, Bill Crowe, Bill Roseboom, and some people I did not have the time to note, things went well. Shoot ended about 1:30, cleanup 2:30. Next [...]

By |2018-01-05T17:05:53-08:00January 4th, 2018|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report January 2018

Trap Report December 2017

Had about 15 people out. Due to rain it ended around 12:30. More shooters were complaining about shooting on other ranges. Puller could not hear call for target. Next shoot December 17, Turkey Shoot.

By |2017-12-13T10:15:13-08:00December 13th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report December 2017

Trap Report September 2017

Open House Peter Turgeon, Gary Wong and Ron Edward ran the section. We used three club shotguns and two of Peter's. 138 people shot at this station, 12 hit all five shots! The Trap Club donated five cases of targets and three flats of shells for over 700 rounds! Peter managed to fix the [...]

By |2017-09-16T10:40:12-07:00September 16th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report September 2017

Trap Report July 2017

Had 14 shooters out. Next shoot August 20. Handicap Trophies. 50. 24 yard. 25 individual. Interclub held at Mission: Mission: 118, Ridgedale: 117, Abbotsford: 98 Abby Team: Greg Wesselius 24, Ed Parsons 20, Nathan Gole 17, Lawrence Waardenburg 20, Ron Edward 17 As we host this shoot next year and it's very difficult to [...]

By |2017-08-11T08:40:24-07:00August 11th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report July 2017
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