All shotgun ranges are only open when a Range Officer is present and the event is listed on the Event Calendar.

Overview

Trap is the oldest shotgun shooting sport in America. Trapshooting derives its name from the device, called a trap, which throws clay targets into the air. Participants shoot at the clay targets thrown from a trap house located in front of the shooter. The trap rotates in a random sequence, presenting the shooter with a variety of going away shots, angling to the right, left and flying straightaway.

Trap is usually shot in squads of five shooters. A round of trap consists of 25 targets per shooter. A trap field has five positions, or stations, numbered consecutively from left to right. Five clay targets, sometimes referred to as "birds," are thrown for each shooter at each position, with one shot being fired at each bird. After firing five rounds in rotation, each squad member moves one station to his right, with the shooter on station five moving over to station one.

Find out more about the game of trap from the Amateur Trapshooting Association. The Scholastic Clay Target Program and the ATA's AIM program provide competition opportunities for young trap shooters. The National Shooting Sports Foundation administers First Shots, a program that introduces newcomers to shooting.

Range Availability

Trap practice is typically on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, weather permitting.  Trap practice will be from 10am to 2pm if shooters are present. If no one shows up by 1130am, the trap range will be closed and the RO will leave by noon.

Local weather conditions can be found on our Home page. Conditions that would cancel trap practice are:

  • Winds of 15mph or above.
  • Rain, Snow, Sleet Hail. Etc
  • Temps of 40 degrees or less

Course Fees (25 Clays): Member: $5 Non-Members: $7

Visit our Events Calendar for more information on scheduled events.

Trap Contacts:

Trap Director
Judson Knowles
Tel No.: 970-232-4308
Email:trap@wcfw.org

Trap Range Officers

Kevin Sweeney 970-631-9515
Dani Beauvais 970-302-7528
Pam Handy 970-301-2128
Brad Russell 970-218-7385