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Trap shooters in Cedar Falls for state tourney


by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) At least 700 hundred sharp shooters are in Cedar Falls this week for the 133rd Iowa State Trap Shoot Tournament.

Iowa has the third largest state tourney in the country. Organizers estimate more than 700,000 clay targets will be fired off this week.

"Anybody can shoot. You just have to join the Amateur Trap Shooting Association and the Iowa State Assocation and you can shoot," said Iowa State Trap Shoot Association President Jon Peterson.

13-year-old Devon Wood started coming to trap shooting events as a toddler to watch her dad. Now, she shoots alongside him.

"I just recently started shooting in competition. I've practiced before, but this is my first time shooting at the state shoot," she said.

"There's three different events we have in trap shooting. One is 16 yard targets. There's handicap based on your ability or previous wins you move back as far as 27 yards. Then there's doubles. There's two targets thrown," said Peterson.

The scorekeeper sits behind the shooters. The "birds" are released electronically by the shooter's voice.

"There's five posts. One guy at each post shoots five birds. The scorekeeper tells him to move. You shoot five posts so initially you shoot 25 birds," said Greg Benscoter.

Benscoter of Marshalltown is a veteran trap shooter. He said he keeps coming back for the comraderie.

"The part of accomplishment. It's a lot of fun. A nice goal to set to shoot good or even just to shoot. Learn about gun safety," he said.

The tournament continues through Sunday at the Cedar Falls Gun Club.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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