Trap Shooting

CRGC has seven electric traps, which are only used during organized shooting events, and one manual trap machine, located between trap houses one and two.  (Trap houses are numbered from west to east.)  The manual trap machine is available to club members and their guests during normal hours of operation, except on Tuesday and Thursday evenings or during a scheduled trap shoot.

Tuesday and Thursday Evening Shooting

Trap shooting is open to club members and the public every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The doors are open at or before 5:30 p.m.  There are seven trap houses with electric trap machines which can be set up to throw standard practice, doubles, or Continental.  The cost for 25 clay birds of trap practice (singles, doubles, or continental) is $5.00 for members and $6.00 for non-members.  12 gauge (#7 1/2 and #8 shot) and 20 gauge (#8 shot) shotgun shells are available for purchase at the clubhouse, as are foam earplugs.

Shooters who participate in the money shoots on Tuesday evening must purchase game tokens from the cashier's window before shooting.  Each token costs $2.00.  Shooters place a game token in the container on the shooting line, and the tokens are divided out to the winner(s) and CRGC after each game.  Tokens may be kept for further shooting on other days, or be repurchased by the Club at the cashier's window.  There are no money shoots on Thursday evenings.

Shooters who wish to shoot practice trap can sign up at the cashier's window on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  Payment for practice, shotgun shells, and earplugs is made while signing up.  Shooters may sign up for as many rounds of trap as they wish at one time.  Shooters may also purchase a trap system smart card, and then buy rounds of trap at a discount.  A $100 purchase gives 25 rounds of trap ($4.00/round) for members, and 20 rounds ($5.00/round) for non-members.  Shooters with a trap card may bypass the cashier's window and go directly to any unscheduled trap to shoot.  If there are already shooters on the trap pad, the arriving shooter should ask permission to join them, and then can insert their trap card into the reader to add their 25 targets to the amount being thrown.

There is a Spring league which starts the first week of April, and runs for 8 weeks on Tuesday evenings.

Other Shoots

CRGC also holds other trap shooting events which are open to the public and members alike.  Two events which have become traditional at CRGC are the Turkey Shoot, a.k.a. the "Meat Shoot", held the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and the Elwood Faist Memorial Shoot (sometimes called the "basket shoot"), which is held the Sunday before Christmas.  In addition, there are two WRITA shoots (March and July), and sometimes PITA shoots as well.  The doors open for these shoots at 8:00 a.m., and the shooting goes on all day.  Prizes are awarded, and meals are available.  These events, and others which occur during the year, are publicized ahead of time in the Canby newspaper, the CRGC newsletter, and in the calendar on this web site.

Junior Trap Program

A Junior trap program starts the first Thursday in March before Spring league, and the Junior shooters may then be organized into teams to take part in the CRGC Spring league.  This program is free to juniors, who are not High School Scholastic Trap shooters, up to but not including 18 years of age.  The minimum age varies, and depends upon the child.  The only two minimum age requirements are that the junior:

  1. Must be mature enough and smart enough to understand and obey trap safety rules and trap procedures.
  2. Must be strong enough to safely be able to hold a shotgun and shoot 25 rounds of ammunition, with about a 1 minute break between each shot fired.
In practice that usually means that juniors around age 12, plus or minus 2 years, should be able to shoot trap.  We have had one or two kids who were safe and successful at age 9.  It all depends on the junior.

CRGC provides the instruction, pays the trap fees, and provides the ammunition (either 12 gauge or 20 gauge shells) for the junior trap program.  There is no cost to the junior or the parents.  We also have pump-action, break action, and semi-automatic shotguns that are available for use by juniors who do not have access to an appropriate firearm.

The program runs each Thursday evening in March, starting at 7:00 p.m.  Each session usually starts with instruction in the clubhouse, covering firearm safety, shotgun operation, trap shooting procedures, and trap shooting technique.  After the instruction, the class is broken into groups of 5 shooters, and taken out to shoot trap.  Each junior is individually coached while practicing.  The number of shots fired varies by shooter (one "round" of trap is 25 shots, 5 shots from each of 5 shooting positions), depending upon how well they are reacting to the recoil of the shotgun.

After the end of the junior trap program (the last Thursday in March), those juniors who wish to do so may form teams of 6 shooters and participate in CRGC’s Spring Trap League, which starts the first Tuesday in April, and runs for 8 weeks.  The Spring League is a handicapped league, which tends to even out the scores between the very good shooters, and those who are not as good.  CRGC waives the sponsor fee and shooter fees for junior teams, and may provide shotguns if necessary, but the juniors are expected to buy their own ammunition (1 box of shells per week - about $8.00, depending upon manufacturer pricing).

CRGC also hosts and supports Oregon High School Scholastic Trap teams.  The Scholastic Trap season runs from mid-March through mid-June.  Teams from area high schools practice at CRGC on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, and also shoot for scores.  CRGC arranges for ammunition at wholesale cost for the junior shooters, and sells rounds of trap at less than non-member rates.  CRGC and the CEFI have high grade trap shotguns available for use by the juniot shooters.



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