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Hundreds compete in 140th Iowa State Trapshoot

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Hundreds from across the state, nation, and even the world are gathering in Cedar Falls this week for the 140th Iowa State Trapshoot.

The sounds of shotguns firing is a constant at the Cedar Falls Gun Club this week, with close to 500 competitors; each aiming to be number one.

The event attracts shooters of all ages and all levels.

One Iowa man KWWL spoke to is a long time participant and a member of the Hall of Fame.

"I guess I have been coming 28 years and it still gives me the shakes sometimes when you get ready to finish an event. You want to do good so your adrenaline gets going," said Tim Quade, an Iowa competitor.

 With stiff competition and multiple events, more than 500,000 clay targets will be shot during the week.

 "Mostly it is about people getting together and having a good time; competing against each other. But for me, it is a competition to improve myself," said Quade.

 And for some, the sport has an even deeper meaning.

Traveling from Australia to be here, for one competitor the sport gave him new purpose after a motorcycle accident nearly took his leg.

"I was a high level rugby union player before I got hurt. So you go from being such a competitive person in such an elite environment to nothing. So it was nice to have an interest in something you could be competitive at again. Which the shooting gave you. If you got some physical limitations you can still compete," said Australian Mathew Patmore.

The Iowa State Trapshoot is a qualifier for nationals in just a few weeks.

The competition will continue through Sunday at the Cedar Falls Gun Club. It is open to the public to watch. 

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