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Trapshooting contest brings worldwide competitors to Cedar Falls


73-year-old Lawrence Chase loves to shoot.  He used to be an avid hunter, but for the better part of 50 years, he's been aiming his energy toward trapshooting.

"I just like to shoot, and I enjoy the competition and camaraderie with the guys," Chase said.

The Iowa State Shoot competition typically draws around 700 trap shooters from every state in the U.S. and countries around the world.  The numbers are down this year because of extreme weather:  from every state in the US and countries around the world.  But the shooters that made it are still fired up and ready for the challenges the sport brings.

"We set the targets each morning based on wind speed and weather conditions.  But generally, they're nine feet high and 30 feet in front of the trap.  And we set that with a radar, they're at 41 to 42 miles per hour," said Dave Wickman, Iowa State Trapshooting Association president.

While trapshooting is still dominated by men, there's one young woman at age 18 who is making her mark on the sport.

Hannah Vavrik has been around trapshooting her whole life.  But this is the first year she's competed as an adult in the Iowa State Shoot.  So far, she's blown away her own expectations by nailing all of her first 50 targets.

"At the end of the day, they hadn't posted the final scores.  I saw that so far, I was the high resident lady.  When I came back on Wednesday morning, I saw I was the resident champion of everybody that shot handicaps.  So that was a big accomplishment for me that I didn't think I'd achieve this soon," said Vavrik.

Despite being one of the few gun-toting girls, Vavrik feels like one of the guys when she's out shooting.  She hopes her successes will only help encourage more young women, and men, to try the sport.

The Iowa State Shoot continues through Sunday.  Winners from each contest win big cash prizes.

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