When I think of summer, I envision grilling out at the lake, enjoying a little sunshine, fishing, and of course preparing for the fall hunting season. However, one thing that has become extremely popular are summer trap leagues.
The number of leagues in my area of Minnesota alone has grown a ton in recent years and for good reason! They’re a lot of fun, great practice, and an excellent way to meet fellow shooters in your area. Trap leagues are easy to join, you simply need to find one in your area. In my opinion, there are two easy ways to find a league close to your home.
First, Google “trap clubs” or similar online and see what’s available. Another great resource to find places nearby to shoot is wheretoshoot.org. This is a service provided by National Shooting Sports Foundation. A quick search of trap leagues near your hometown will come up with a variety of options that you may have never known about. Another great way, use the old fashioned word of mouth and ask around! My local bow and gun shop, Cabin Fever in Victoria, Minnesota always has people around who are willing to help out. Between the staff and the patrons I’m sure you can get the information needed to join a local league.
Once you’re all set up, you’ll realize that not only is it fun, but your shooting will improve quickly! Regardless of what level you’re at when you begin, the one great thing about shooters is they’re almost always willing to help out. Plus, practice makes perfect. Take some time to get out and maybe even bring a friend who hasn’t shot before. This way you can teach a new person something you’ve learned and maybe get a new person involved in shooting.
When at the range, do give the Winchester AA TrAAcker load a try. You wull literally see what you have been missing…and what you hit for that matter. The way it works is by utilizing a colored wad that follows the shot string. This way, you can see where you’re shooting and why you’re missing. It’s hard to correct something if you don’t know what you’re doing wrong. So even if you are out shooting by yourself, you can learn from your mistakes and improve. By the time fall rolls around, you’ll be a great shot and learned how to make the practice fun.