The newly-formed trap club is looking for funding to start competing at national and state levels.
“We’re shooting against each other for now, but our goal is to shoot across the state if we can,” said senior President Ryan Masek.
The National Scholastic Clay Trap Program allows its members, who range from middle school to college levels, to enter competitions across the state and the nation. UWSP’s trap club is hoping to join soon.
“There are big shoots in the summer, and we hope to be part of them,” said sophomore Treasurer Jon Greeno.
Masek said he is excited for the team to shoot at a higher level and to put Point on the map.
Prior to the end of this academic year and the start of next year, the club plans to organize the team and get things going competitively.
Trap shooting requires shooters to stand 16 yards behind what is known as the house and shoot at an orange clay disc when it flies out of the house. If the disc is chipped or broken in any way from a shot fired, it counts as a hit. Every five shots shooters rotates to the next of five stations. Scores are determined by the amount of shots hit out of 25. Each individual’s score is then added together to make the team score.
One of the biggest challenges the club faces is a lack of funding. The cost of a round with 25 targets and ammunition is only ten dollars, but the gun needed to participate generally costs somewhere around $1800.
The team wants sponsors who would help pay for some travel costs, as well as ammunition and any other expenses the group encounters.
“If we get a sponsor we could get guns for the club to use so you wouldn’t have to have your own,” said Vice President Brandon Stedman.
Shooters need more than just equipment to practice and compete.
“You have to have hunter’s safety completed, and ear and eye protection are required when you shoot,” Masek said.
The completion of gun safety through military training can also be utilized instead of hunter’s safety.
The club is primarily male, but is interested in adding more females to its numbers especially when shooting in teams.
“If we get more girls we could have a girls’ squad, a guys’ squad, and a co-ed squad competing at different divisions and improve the amount of people who can shoot,” Stedman said.
Stedman said shooting trap is more fun than people think, and he often finds it relaxing.
“You’re not shooting a massive gun, and it’s really safe so there’s no need to be afraid,” Stedman said.
The club currently shoots twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. at Ashley Shooting Club near Mosinee.