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The beginner's Guide to Trap Shooting

Trap is a great way to prepare for upland season. It's also a blast. Here are the skills and manners you need.

By Phil Bourjaily / Published May 15,2017 5:52 PM

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You have 25 shots - fire each a five posts. Make'em count.

The Challenge

At your call the oscillating trap throws a target at a consistent height but at an unknown angle somewhere within a 34-degree arc at a speed of 44-46 mph. The bird rises quickly, levels off, and falls 50 yards from the trap.

The Skill

Mount the gun to your hold point, then look over the trap; house. Call "pull". See the bird and read its angle before moving the gun. Think about shooting the bottom edge of straight aways, the leading edge of quatering shots, and a foot ahead of hard angles. Shoot as the bird is rising or as it levels off. keep your head on the stock until after the bird busts.

Hold Points

Nick Fettari

Rule Book

Zip Your Trap
Keep quiet except when you call "Pull". Save any razzing and conversation for after the round ends. Trap,like golf and tennis, is shot in silence.

Follow Order
Be ready to shoot when it's your turn. Load one shell at a time and do not close your action or raise your gun until the shooter ahead of you fires.

Catch Shells
Semiauto shooters need either a shell catcher or a rubber band around their gun's receiver to prevent empties from hitting other shooters in the squad.

Don't Litter
At some clubs, empties belong to the club when they hit the ground. At others, you have to pick them up. In that case, gather them after the round.

Walk this Way
Rotation is from left to right, Go to the next post with you chamber empty and your gund pointed down. Station 1 goes to 2 so forth, with station 5 going to 1. Turn right when you setp off Post 5 and walk behind the other shooters so you don't bump into the shooter behind you.

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