Shooting brings opportunity

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Stephen Melander, Pitchfork

Burke aims at a clay pigeon during a 4-H competition.

Students from all over the community are a part of 4-H. This Positive Youth Development and Mentoring Organization was established in 1995. This program hosts a wide variety of stock showing, judging and trap shooting. In trap shooting, participants shoot at clay pigeons which have been released by a spring trap. Students mainly do trap shooting because they enjoy it more than other events.

Junior Annslee Bass has been apart of trap shooting since she was in the second grade.

“It’s a really big group that offers a lot of things,” she said. “It’s because of trap shooting I’ve learned a lot of my behavioral skills.”

Since joining, Bass has stepped up as a leader. She also won first place at state competition three times and overall female individual at districts.

“I was invited to nationals last year, and I couldn’t go,” Bass said. “My goal is to go to nationals this year.”

Trap shooter junior Tyler Burke was born into the competition. His family has been a part of the community event for as long as he remembers. Burke started 4-H when he was 8 years old in the junior (12 and under) competition. While there, Burke won state.

4-H shooting instructor Allen Phipps said this program allows college opportunities through scholarships as long as the participants hold a B average in their school work. This a fairly new concept within the last eight or nine years; therefore, not every college has the scholarship program. Oklahoma State University should be getting a trap shooting scholarship according to Phipps.

Phipps said that a shooter doesn’t have to be a good athlete to shoot. They just need to learn the basics.

Duncan is hosting the district competition on May 7, and the state shooting event is in El Reno on May 14.